Airbus In The U.S.
What does a replica of a ship built in the 1850s have in common with the world’s best aircraft and the world’s fastest yacht? Innovative engineering! And for two out of the three examples, the
Airbus brought together for the first time two future generations of aerospace engineers yesterday during a special presentation highlighting our partnership with ORACLE TEAM USA, the defending champion of the America's Cup.
During a presentation at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, students from the B.C. Rain High School’s Signature Academy of Aviation and Aerospace and The University of South Alabama School of Engineering heard about the innovation partnership the two companies have forged which brings the know-how of Airbus’ engineers and experts in fields such as aerodynamics, instrumentation and simulation, composites, structures, hydraulics and data analysis, to work with the ORACLE TEAM USA design team to build the boat that will race in next year’s America’s Cup race.
Andrew Gaynor, Designer-ORACLE TEAM USA, and Denis Darracq, Head of Research & Technology in Flight Physics for Airbus, were on hand to explain how engineering skills and knowledge can be used across fields. “Engineering design for aircraft and boats share similar traits for performance of the craft,” explained Denis Darracq. “We hope students who are thinking of a career in engineering will see that the skills and knowledge is transferrable across many fields, and they can find a career in an area that appeals to them. These students are our future engineers and innovators, and we want to inspire them.”
Following the presentation, the students toured the yacht “America”, a replica of a 139-foot yacht that won the historic “100 Guinea Cup” race around the Isle of Wight in 1851. This race later became known as the America’s Cup. “America”, an engineering marvel at the time, is anchored at the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico this week. ... See more