Christchurch Aerospace Meet Up #11: Exploring Local Aerospace Activities
Updated: Mar 2, 2020
We kicked off with a big announcement that the Christchurch Aerospace Centre has been renamed to Aerospace Christchurch.
Introducing The Canterbury Astronomical Society
Rob Glassey, Vice President, Canterbury Astronomical Society
Astronomy is often called a gateway science, and who can resist the amazing images or a view of Saturn's rings? Rob talked about his love of the night sky, science and community outreach.
Bringing The First Electric Plane To New Zealand
Gary Freedman, Founder, ElectricAir
We're about to witness change in the aviation industry akin to the electric vehicle revolution on our roads. Gary described the work that ElectricAir is engaged in to bring this new technology to the Christchurch market in 2020. Guilt-free flying coming soon.
AirShare: Creating The Aviation Environment Of The Future
George Ridd, Head of Operations, Airshare
An overview of AirShare’s vision for the unmanned aircraft industry and the development of a UAV Traffic Management system to support that vision.
Snow Thickness Measurements In Antarctica Using UAV-Mounted Radar
Josh McCulloch, Computer Science, University of Canterbury
An overview of a research mission to test an experimental snow radar in Antarctica. This mission was part of a larger effort to better understand the behaviour of sea ice and to prove that airborne radar could be a viable approach to measuring the thickness of snow on top.
Christchurch Rocketeers: Model and High-Power Amateur Rocketry
Simon Willoughby-Martin, Founder, Christchurch Rocketeers
An introduction from Christchurch's official branch of the New Zealand Rocketry Association, an amateur rocketry group launching rockets here in Christchurch. A look at what they do and how you can take part in the action both locally and nationally.
Congratulations to Lucinda for winning a free flight with ElectricAir.
Groups and info:
Air Training Corps – 13-15 year olds, open evenings Thursdays 13 Feb -12 March
4 March – “Space Entrepreneurship from the Edge of the World” Webinar
31 March (up until) – Dawn Aerospace: Paint Our Plane
10-12 April – Warbirds Over Wanaka
20-24 April - Mission to Space at the International Antarctic Centre (book under Technology4Antarctica)
18-24 May – TechWeek – Aerospace Careers Event
14 May – “Secrets of the Night Sky Revealed” at Tūranga
25-31 May – CodeClub Moonhack
Term 2 – Rocket Challenge – Years 5-8 wonderproject.nz (STEM mentors!)
Kids in Space – Science Alive School
A huge thank you to EY for sponsoring the food and beverages. Thank you also to ChristchurchNZ for working with us to organise this event and to the University of Canterbury who kindly hosted the event at the Jack Mann Auditorium.