Radar trials final

Cambridge, UK – 21st June 2018 – Innovation consultancy, Plextek have achieved groundbreaking results after successful air trials of a millimetre wave micro-radar designed for autonomous unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Funded by the newly formed Defence and Security Accelerator, as part of the Autonomous Last Mile Resupply competition, Plextek has tested the performance of a low size, weight and power radar as a sense and avoid drone mounted sensor.

Operating in the 60 GHz mm-waveband, results from trials indicated that the radar can provide a range of useful information to aid navigation in complex environments.



Peter Doig, Business Manager, Defence summarises:

For a drone to perform fully autonomous flight into unknown locations, it will be necessary for the radar sensor to detect the surrounding environment in front of and beneath the drone. In this manner, our trial was a success as results showed strongly visible returns from buildings, vegetation and objects.

Looking into the future, although it is possible that a single radar could provide sense and avoid capability as well as identifying suitable landing sites; within the wider systems context, this would more likely be realised with two sensors, one forward facing and one downward facing.”

The data gathered from the trials will be analysed in Plextek’s next phase of work within the program to further help understand the radar’s performance in different scenarios and environmental conditions.

Notes to editors

Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek designs new products, systems, and services for its clients in a diverse range of industries including defence & security, medical & healthcare, and wireless communications.

Central to its culture is the company’s ability to innovate, taking an idea from concept to market. For more than 25 years the team of consultants, engineers and project managers has turned our clients’ business opportunities into commercial success, designing, manufacturing and supplying leading-edge products. Supported by our network of suppliers, commercial partners and research organisations, Plextek is the trusted partner of choice for more than 300 commercial clients, government agencies, and ambitious start-up companies.

For images, information or interview requests, please contact: Adam Roberts via email: press@plextek.com or call: 01799 533200

BrightSparks

Cambridge, UK – 10th May 2018 – James Henderson, consultant at electronic design consultancy Plextek, has been named as a winner of Electronics Weekly’s “BrightSparks, Design Engineers of Tomorrow” Award. The electronics magazine’s award, in partnership with RS Components, honors an elite class of 30 engineers for their development initiatives and accomplishments within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors.

With nominees chosen by a judging panel of industry experts and leaders, the BrightSparks award highlights the achievements of young engineers and students who are already making a difference in the first few years of their working lives and are showing the promise to becoming the people behind tomorrow’s innovation in their respective industries.

This award marks the culmination of years of hard work for James as he has led our technical development and capability in mm-wave micro-radar for a number of projects at Plextek, including our recent radar work into Foreign Object Detection.

Electronics Weekly’s BrightSparks 2018 is the second year the programme has been running with this year’s ceremony being held at the prestigious IET Savoy Place in London.

BrightSparks award winner, James Henderson, Consultant in Antennas & Propagation summarises:

I’m really pleased to have been selected as an EW Brightspark. I’ve been involved in many exciting and cutting edge projects at Plextek, mentored by some brilliant engineers, and it’s great to have been recognised as someone to follow in their footsteps doing something which I enjoy and I’m passionate about.”

James Henderson receiving his award, presented by Clive Couldwell, Group Editor of Electronics Weekly (left) and Lindsley Ruth, CEO of RS Components (right).

Picture courtesy of Electronics Weekly, for more information about the award please visit: https://www.electronicsweekly.com/brightsparks/

Notes to editors

Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek designs new products, systems, and services for its clients in a diverse range of industries including defence & security, medical & healthcare, and wireless communications.

Central to its culture is the company’s ability to innovate, taking an idea from concept to market. For more than 25 years the team of consultants, engineers and project managers has turned our clients’ business opportunities into commercial success, designing, manufacturing and supplying leading-edge products. Supported by our network of suppliers, commercial partners and research organisations, Plextek is the trusted partner of choice for more than 300 commercial clients, government agencies, and ambitious start-up companies.

For images, information or interview requests, please contact: Adam Roberts via email: press@plextek.com or call: 01799 533200

Cambridge, UK – 23rd February 2017 –  Design and innovation consultancy, Plextek are to receive the “Employer of the Year Award 2017 for Engineering” from Cambridge Regional College. As part of the college’s apprenticeship scheme, the award recognises the company’s outstanding commitment to the college and the continued development of the apprentices taken on over the past year.

Elliot Langran, Product Design apprentice commented on his apprenticeship at Plextek:

“It’s engaging, exciting and a really nice place to be, everyone is really helpful and you learn a lot very quickly. No day or two projects are the same, they are all different and unique and that is what has really excited me while on my apprenticeship. Being able to come back to the classroom and apply what I have learnt at Plextek to do better in my studies is really rewarding. ”

Stephen Field, Senior Consultant, Product Design commented on what the apprenticeship scheme means to Plextek:

“We see employing apprentices as an opportunity to introduce youth and dynamism to support and develop our technical knowledge and varied project experience. As a former apprentice, I am an enthusiast in the apprenticeship system and the benefits it brings to employer and employee alike. We have apprentices in the areas of Product Design, Information Technology and Supply Chain Management. Our apprentices are a key part of our succession planning, to continue the success of all and any area within the company and something we aim to develop further in the future.”

Plextek has also been nominated for the “Overall Employer of the Year Award for 2017” with all winners being announced at the Cambridge Regional College Apprenticeship Awards Dinner on Thursday 9th of March.

Notes to editors

Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek designs new products, systems, and services for its clients in a diverse range of industries including defence & security, medical & healthcare, and wireless communications.

Central to its culture is the company’s ability to innovate, taking an idea from concept to market. For more than 25 years the team of consultants, engineers and project managers has turned our clients’ business opportunities into commercial success, designing, manufacturing and supplying leading-edge products. Supported by our network of suppliers, commercial partners and research organisations, Plextek is the trusted partner of choice for more than 300 commercial clients, government agencies, and ambitious start-up companies.

For more information call us on 01799 533200 or email: press@plextek.com