Kenji's Blog

Blog for Dr Kenji Takeda at the University of Southampton. Find out about what he's up to in aerodynamics, aircraft noise, flight simulation and Formula One teaching, research and schools outreach. Also see what's going on in the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Green air travel???

Is air travel ever likely to be green? Is it really that bad for the environment? These are questions that I'll be aiming to answer on Wednesday 20th February when I give the Royal Aeronautical Society Solent Branch lecture entitled 'Green air travel: fact or fantasy?'
Come along to find out how aviation is doing its bit for the environment.
Admission is open to all, and is free. Details are here

Thursday, February 14, 2008

STORM in Space

After several delays, the shuttle Atlantis finally blasted off last week.... carrying with it the Southampton Transient Oxygen and Radiation Monitor (STORM) instrument. This little beauty will attach to the outside of the ISS Columbus module to see how the hostile space environment affects various different materials used to construct spacecraft, such as polymers.
It was designed by colleagues in the School of Engineering Sciences, and School of Electronics and Computer Science. Two PhD students did most of the detailed work, and undergraduates also helped with several aspects of the design.
Read more about it in our official press release here. Also, the main NASA web page hasmore about the overall MEDET experimental package here.
If you want to be a rocket scientist, then why not learn from the lecturers and professors who designed this shuttle payload on our Master of Engineering course in Space Systems Engineering.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Goodbye Dolphin

After many years of being our figurehead, today we wave goodbye to the Southampton Dolphin....
So hello to the new era, with the new University of Southampton logo that will see us through the next decade and beyond. Let us know what you think about our new University and School of Engineering Sciences look! Find out more here....