Bedford College students take off with visit to Airlander

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Bedford College engineering students have been given an exclusive look into the latest technology at Hybrid Air Vehicles at Cardington.

The top performing teams of students, who had worked with on a series of mini-engineering projects this year, were invited for a behind the scenes visits at the international centre and a close-up of one of the Airlander craft, housed in one of the world famous hangars.

Bedford College Personal Tutor, Bethany Coles, said: “This was a great opportunity for our students to liaise directly with engineering experts and gain an insight into the thinking and planning that goes into such an industry.

“The senior people from Hybrid Air Vehicles were so impressed with the enthusiasm of our teams that they invited not just one, but three groups to visit.”

Challenges organised as part of the visit and named after great inventors included:

1. Dyson – Investigate the environmental benefits and potential uses of the Airlander.

2. Edison – Investigate the feasibility of a solar powered Airlander

3. Whittle – Investigate the practicalities of both Airlander and other conventional travel methods

4. Marconi - Investigate the feasibility of deploying the Airlander as a remote environmental sensing/monitoring solution

Findings were presented to the Bedford College engineering staff Dan Bickerstaff, Jenny Rea and Hugh Rea and Dave Pridmore and two representatives from Hybrid Air VehiclesBarry Robertson and Stuart Farrell.

The overall winners were

> Team Inocram (Undertook Marconi task)

> Best Group: Team BMSS (Marconi)

> Best Individual Presentation: Kieran Loveridge (Whittle).