Stirling Celebrates Collaborate to Innovate Award Nomination

7 November 2019

Last night, Stirling Dynamics, along with several other Phoenix project partners, attended The Engineer Magazine 2019 Collaborate to Innovate (C2I) Awards ceremony in London. Now in its 4th year, the Collaborate to Innovate Awards were established to uncover and celebrate great examples of technology-led engineering collaboration across a range of disciplines and sectors. The Phoenix Unmanned Air System project was nominated in the category of Aerospace, Defence and Security.

The Phoenix was recognised due to the boldness of engineering involved on the project and the scale of collaboration across industry and academia. The Phoenix project, supported by Innovate UK, aimed to build the first technology demonstrator for a completely new kind of aircraft. The Phoenix airship is helium-filled but, unlike conventional aircraft, it derives its propulsion from a variable buoyancy system, which allows it to move through the air “like a porpoise through water”. This type of propulsion system had never been demonstrated in an aircraft before, making it truly unique. Stirling’s role on the project was to develop the flight control laws and provide simulation support for the whole project. The aircraft completed successful flight trials back in March 2019.

On the award nomination, Stirling’s R&D Manager, Simon Hancock commented: “We were thrilled with the news that the Phoenix Project had been recognised by the Collaborate to Innovate Awards. The project typifies the innovative, cutting edge work that Stirling enjoys getting involved with and this nomination reflects the hard work of all the project partners, which included 4 SMEs, 3 Catapult Centres and 4 Universities.”

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