Over the past 100 years, Leonardo has designed and built some of the UK’s most iconic aircraft and developed a range of sensors that help guide them on their missions, identify their targets and protect them against incoming threats.
This is only possible because of the skills and passion of the talented people who choose to work with us.
At this year’s RIAT Techno Zone, visitors met some of our young engineers, hearing why they chose a career in STEM and learning about some of the technology behind many of the aircraft on display, through our hands-on interactive activities including:
- Wind table – discover the principals behind our helicopters by designing your own rotor blades and watch them hover over our wind table (as long as their weight, aerodynamic properties and wind remain stable!).
- Thermal camera – take a selfie using our thermal imaging technology behind many military night vision systems and now being used to capture amazing footage on nature programmes such as Planet Earth 2, Dynasties and Springwatch.
- Virtual Reality (VR) Typhoon Challenge – use our VR headset to move around a virtual Typhoon to locate and remove all aircraft safety devices, checking for any Foreign Object Debris to ensure the aircraft is ready for take-off in less than three minutes.
- Super-Senses – test your senses against our sensor technology developed to inform airplane and helicopter pilots on operations around the world. You have a few seconds to spot the vital data that is critical to the success of your mission!