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.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Flying high on The Gadget Show...

23rd August 2009 was a hude day for us at the University of Southampton. We were tasked a month earlier with designing and building a glider for the International Birdman Competition at Worthing. This crazy event asks grown men and women to jump from a 10m high pier to see how far they can fly - unassisted!!! To see how we did, watch The Gadget Show on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August 2009 on Five. You can get a sneak preview in this interview with presenters Jason and Ortis. You can read a bit more about it in our 'official' press release @ We're going to try again next year with a group of students. It's just one example of what our Aeronautics & Astronautics students get up to :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Steaming into the record books....

Congratulations to the British Steam Car Challenge team for breaking the oldest land speed record in the world! Fantastic effort, you really are an inspiration to us all, as your car's name aptly suggests. It truly is an amazing site to behold!
And to the future - 1000mph using rocket and fighter jet engine with BLOODHOUND SSC :) Here's to more world records!!!!