| RACER: successful POWER ON
The Racer team recently celebrated a major milestone. The aircraft successfully completed its “POWER ON” test, firing up all systems to conduct initial functional checks.
The POWER ON test — which spoiler — was an overwhelming success, was conducted at the Airbus Helicopter facility in Marignane, France with the participation of all the teams involved in this key milestone.
« The RACER is a unique European concept, without equivalent in the world, being funded under the Horizon 2020 programme. It completely meets the Clean Sky 2 objectives to reduce CO2 emissions and noise. This is a highly innovative compound helicopter, with more than 90 patented technologies developed, involving 40 companies across 13 EU countries ».
“A very nice example of collaboration requiring an open mindset that develops a European aeronautical industry rich in technological innovation. We congratulate all the participants who contributed to this important milestone on our route towards the maiden flight scheduled in the 2nd part of 2023.” Says Sébastien Dubois, Head of Programmes at Clean Aviation.
Developed by Airbus Helicopters in the frame of the Clean Sky 2 European research programme, the Racer demonstrator is being developed as a high-speed helicopter aiming to achieve optimal speed, cost efficiency, sustainability and performance. With a cruise speed that is double that of a conventional helicopter, Racer will be hugely advantageous for missions where time is of the essence such as search and rescue operations and emergency medical transport. The aircraft also has scope to boost efficiency for inter-city urban air mobility.
| WILL ALL THE THE PARTHENON MARBLES RETURN TO GREECE
Pope Francis has decided to return to the head of the Greek Orthodox Church the Archbishop of Athens Hieronymus II all of Greece three fragments of the Parthenon that have been on display in the Vatican since several decades.
The Greek government was hoping that the Parthenon Sculptures, in display at the British Museum, consisting of a collection of different types of marble architectural decoration from the temple of Athena (the Parthenon) on the Acropolis in Athens would also be returned to their homeland.
The Parthenon Sculptures are from Athens, Greece. When, in 1834, Athens was officially declared the capital of the newly established independent Greek State, most of the post-Roman period structures on the Acropolis were removed, to accommodate further archaeological exploration.
By the early 19th century, the Ottoman Empire had been the governing authority in Athens for 350 years. Lord Elgin was the British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and successfully petitioned the authorities to be able to draw, measure and remove figures.
He was granted a permit (firman), and between 1801 and 1805 acting under the oversight of the relevant authorities, Elgin removed about half of the remaining sculptures from the ruins of the Parthenon. He also obtained permission to have removed sculptural and architectural elements from other buildings on the Acropolis, namely the Erechtheion, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaia.
All of Elgin’s collection of antiquities was then transported to Britain. His actions were thoroughly investigated by a Parliamentary Select Committee in 1816 and found to be entirely legal, prior to the sculptures entering the collection of the British Museum by Act of Parliament.
A formal request for the permanent return to Greece of all of the Parthenon Sculptures in the Museum’s collection was first made in 1983. There have been various meetings and discussions since then. Media coverage has referred to Greek government requests to settle the matter as soon as possible.
The British Museum does not seem to be inclined to transfer the ownership of the Elgin’s marbles to Greece but, as it has been reported, secret talks have been taken place without any formal agreement.
| NEW SCENES FOR CAREER GUIDANCE – A EUROPEAN LIFELONG GUIDANCE CONFERENCE
During the upcoming Swedish Presidency in 2023, Cedefop * is partnering with the Swedish Council for Higher Education, The National Agency for Education, and the Swedish Public Employment Service as well as the Swedish Association of Guidance Counsellors in organising an event to promote lifelong guidance in Europe: New Scenes for Career Guidance.
The conference aims to discuss the “new arenas for career guidance” – how the conditions for lifelong guidance have changed and how career guidance is being re-designed in new ways and for new target groups.The aim is also to investigate what these changes mean for the guidance profession, for policy development and for the content of guidance practices.
Save the date-invitation
When: May 31-June 1 2023
Much has happened since the last Swedish EU presidency in 2009, not least when it comes to the education and labour market arenas and the relationship between them. We have a rapidly changing labour market due to technological developments, demographic trends, and a global energy crisis on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We also find ourselves in an educational world where the individual is expected to continuously learn new skills in a lifelong perspective. The greening of economies brings new career and skills needs to the table and an uncertain world has an impact on individual career decision-making.
Joint vision, joint arrangement
Investing in Career Guidance (Cedefop; European Commission; the ETF; ILO; OECD, UNESCO 2019; revised in 2021) serves as an umbrella advocacy tool for the conference. Here, the Inter-Agency Career Guidance Working Group (CGWG) share their joint vision of the strategic role of career guidance in our changing world. The basic hallmarks of an effective and efficient career guidance system are listed. The Erasmus+ programme, with its support for inclusion, constitutes another important frame for the conference.
The conference is jointly arranged by:
• The Swedish Council for Higher Education
• The National Agency for Education
• The National Public Employment Service.
Cedefop and the Swedish Association of Guidance Counsellors are partners.
The conference dates have been decided to coincide with the annual network meetings of both the Euroguidance Network (29-30 May) and Cedefop’s CareersNet (afternoon of 1 June).
Invited national, European, and international stakeholders – policymakers, researchers, trainers, practitioners, and others operating in the field of lifelong guidance in Europe will be welcomed to Stockholm in the Scandinavian early summer for fruitful discussions and the exchange of ideas and experiences.
Places are limited to 3-4 persons from each country.
• Cedefop, The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training is an agency of the European Union
For further details : https://www.uhr.se/om-uhr/Konferenser/scences-for-careers-guidance/
| CERN AND AIRBUS PARTNERSHIP ON FUTURE CLEAN AVIATION
CERN and Airbus UpNext sign a collaboration agreement to assess the use of superconducting technologies for future zero-emission aeroplanes
CERN’s High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) rare-earth barium copper oxide (also referred to as REBCO) power transmission cable used to study the feasibility of superconductivity for aircraft. © CERN
CERN and Airbus UpNext, a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus, have launched an innovative collaboration to explore the potential use of superconducting technologies developed by CERN for particle accelerators in the electrical distribution systems of future hydrogen-powered aircraft.
Superconducting technologies could drastically reduce the weight of next-generation aircraft and increase their efficiency.
The partnership focuses on the development of a demonstrator known as SCALE (Super-Conductors for Aviation with Low Emissions), bringing together CERN’s expertise in superconducting technologies with Airbus UpNext’s capabilities in innovative aircraft design and manufacturing.
If the expected performances and reliability objectives are achieved, the collaboration could reach the ambitious target of flying a fully integrated prototype within the next decade.
“In its research, CERN pushes back the limits of science and engineering, and partners with industry to enable innovation, with a positive impact on the environment,” said Raphaël Bello, CERN’s Director of Finance and Human Resources. “Our technologies have the potential to be adapted to the needs of future clean transportation and mobility solutions, as this agreement with Airbus demonstrates. This partnership is only a first step in our journey with the European leader in aviation, and shows how much we value the excellence of our Member States’ industry.”
“Our role at Airbus UpNext is to explore the full potential of technologies for future aircraft and to partner with the world’s leaders to prepare for this future. Partnering with a leading research institute like CERN, which has brought the world some of the most important findings in fundamental physics, will help to push the boundaries of research in clean aerospace as we work to make sustainable aviation a reality”, said Sandra Bour-Schaeffer, CEO of Airbus UpNext. “We are already developing a superconductivity demonstrator called ASCEND (Advanced Superconducting and Cryogenic Experimental powertraiN Demonstrator) to study the feasibility of this technology for electrically powered and hybrid aircraft. Combining knowledge obtained from our demonstrator and CERN’s unique capabilities in the field of superconductors makes for a natural partnership.”
“Superconducting technologies have fuelled some of the greatest discoveries in high-energy physics and, if applied to aircraft power distribution systems, would drastically reduce their weight and increase their efficiency. CERN has over 40 years of expertise in building world-record superconducting systems that are at the core of existing and next-generation particle accelerators. Such systems present negligible resistance to the flow of current, thus transmitting much higher intensities than traditional, heavier, non-superconducting cables,” said José Miguel Jimenez, Head of the Technology department at CERN.
| BULGARIA-BORN COMPANY DRONAMICS AWARDED GRANT FROM THE EUROPEAN INNOVATION COUNCIL
Dronamics, the world’s first cargo drone airline with license to operate in Europe, announced that it has been awarded a €2.5 million grant by the European Commission under the prestigious European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator program. The EIC has also expressed a material commitment to support Dronamics’ upcoming Series A round.
The grant will support the development and roll-out of Dronamics’ cargo drone fleet, the deployment of the first droneports in its network as well as operations in Europe.
« The European Union is home to millions of people who live in territories that often take days to reach by traditional freight. Dronamics aims to democratize air freight, by enabling affordable, and sustainable same day delivery for businesses and communities everywhere, especially remote and under-served ones » says Dronamics.
Dronamics was selected as one of the few companies to have been awarded funding by the EIC Accelerator program, which had nearly 1,000 candidates.
The Black Swan
The Black Swan is a new type of cargo drone, remotely-piloted and fuel-efficient, suitable for a longer range and higher load factor than electric solutions.
Built specifically for cargo, unlike other aircraft, the Black Swan can carry the same load as a small cargo van at a distance of up to 2,500 km, resulting in cost, time, and carbon emission savings.
Dronamics is the world’s first cargo drone airline. Аs a leading developer and operator of large, long-range drones built specifically for cargo, its flagship Black Swan is able to carry 350 kg (770 lb) at a distance of up to 2,500 km (1,550 mi) up to 80% faster, 50% cheaper and with up to 60% lower emissions than alternative modes of transport, including airfreight. This enables same-day shipping over very long distances for a variety of industries: from pharma to food, from e-commerce to spare parts. The company’s fast-growing team includes some of the most experienced aerospace and logistics experts. Dronamics is Europe’s first licensed cargo drone airline and IATA’s first Strategic Partner for drones worldwide.
About the European Innovation Council
The European Innovation Council (EIC) was established by the European Commission in 2021 following a three year successful pilot phase. It has a mission to identify, develop and scale up breakthrough technologies and disruptive innovation. It has a budget of over €10 billion for the period 2021-2027
| NEW WEBSITE FOR THE EUROPEAN HYDROGEN REFUELING STATION AVAILABILITY SYSTEM
The recently launched website (https://h2-stations.eu/) includes a real-time information system on the availability of hydrogen refuelling stations in Europe and a common data repository framework for static information, such as addresses, dispensing capabilities and means of payment. All this data can be shared through an open-source export API to any third party who requests access to support the development of the sector.
The website was commissioned by the Clean Hydrogen Partnership as part of the new European Hydrogen Refuelling Station Availability System to help HRS Owners and Operators to connect to the system and share real-time availability of their stations with customers across Europe.
“The HRS availability system is a unique service that provide users with updates regarding the status of the stations in Europe. It is the only real time availability system collecting data across Europe. Being an open source, the information is available for further uses and developments for free. We believe that it will help eliminate potential anxieties over a lack of infrastructure and will enable more drivers to opt for fuel cell vehicles. We encourage all operators to submit their data regularly and be part of this ambitious project, for the benefit of the citizens and the industry”. Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director, Clean Hydrogen Partnership
The system is solely funded by the European Union. The aim of the initiative spearheaded by the Clean Hydrogen Partnership is to assemble a reliable database on the state of the hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in the Union and share it for free. To that effect, the platform centralizes information from operators all over Europe and issues tokens to users interested in the data to assess non confidential data. By disseminating this crucial information at no cost, the E-HRS-AS helps foster the rise of a credible, easy-to-use component of the zero-emission transport revolution.
There are a variety of applications already using E-HRS-AS data, such as the TENtec Interactive Map Viewer, European Alternative Fuels Observatory, FillNDrive, h2.live & Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Observatory.
Visit the new website to learn more about: Where to fuel? How to add a station? How to receive data?
The development, implementation and operation of the E-HRS-AS was subcontracted to Spilett, Element Energy (an ERM group company) and ENDA. They conduct the day-to-day operations of the system in close coordination with the Clean Hydrogen Partnership.