Cranfield University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Beijing Institute of Space Mechanics and Electricity (BISME) for future collaboration in the field of large optical fabrication and metrology.

The collaboration is the result of discussions at the recent 9th UK-China Workshop on Space Science and Technology, held in Shanghai 28-30 May 2014.

Beijing Institute of Space Mechanics and Electricity (BISME) invited Cranfield University to attend the workshop. Dr Stephen Hobbs, Director of Cranfield Space Research Centre attended the workshop and presented Cranfield’s research in space technologies. Nan Yu, who is undertaking his PhD with the Director of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre in Ultra Precision, presented the special purpose machine tools designed and manufactured at Cranfield used for fabricating space optics.

The collaboration will enable BISME and Cranfield to define new methods and instruments for producing many advanced components needed within future space systems.

Professor Paul Shore, Head of Cranfield’s Precision Engineering Institute and EPSRC Centre in Ultra Precision, said: “I am delighted as this MOU with BISME sets outs foundations for applying expertise at Cranfield in ultra precision engineering and space systems within the incredibly demanding programmes at BISME.”

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