QinetiQ and DE&S are principal sponsors of human-powered submarine races (eISR 2016)

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QinetiQ, a defence technology company and Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) a bespoke trading entity that is part of the Ministry of Defence, are once again principal sponsors of the IMarEST’s biennial European International Submarine Races (eISR 2016). The two principal sponsors were joined last week by additional sponsors, Babcock International Group and BMT Defence Service.

The races, held from 6-15th July 2016 at QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin in Gosport, England, will challenge 12 university teams from across the world to design, build and race human-powered submarines.

“We are delighted to host, for the third time, the human-powered submarine race. The development of engineering talent in the marine sector is something we support through a variety of events and this particular challenge brings together teams from around the world to compete, and share, in a unique way.” Dr Jon Bayliss, Head of Maritime Platforms, QinetiQ
“The human-powered submarine races are a real test of ingenuity and team skills that enable young engineers to develop novel ideas in a very specialist working environment. I fully support the use of the Ocean Basin at QinetiQ Haslar for this type of activity, where there is clear potential for technology spin-off. The multi-national interest in this event is very encouraging as this also enables good networking opportunities throughout this specialist field within the worldwide maritime engineering community. I wish all the competitors the very best of luck.” Phil Redhead, Deputy Head Submarines, UK Ministry of Defence

A Careers’ Day at Hilsea Lido, Portsmouth on Saturday 9th July will allow those considering opportunities within the marine sector to talk with the sponsoring organisations and find out what kinds of jobs are available, what they involve and the skills required. Live-demonstrations of the human-powered submarines will also take place.

“This event wouldn’t be possible without the continuous support we have received from both QinetiQ and DE&S and especially the use of QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin, within which the submarines will compete. We’re very grateful for all the help from their staff with the organisation and logistics of such a big event”. David Loosley, IMarEST Chief Executive.

There are nine university teams that have now qualified. Texas A&M, University of Michigan, Rhine Waal University, Ecole de Technologie Superieure, University of Bath, Delft University of Technology, University of Auckland, University of Warwick and University of Washington.

Bentely Altizer, Captain of the University of Washington team commented, “We have a very unique situation where dozens of people get together and rally around a common goal. It's a really beautiful thing to see a group of people grow to be just as passionate as myself about a project like this. We build submarines for the world to see and we build trust, respect, and teamwork for ourselves.”

About the Ocean Basin

QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin at Gosport, Hampshire was built in the 1950s, and is one of the largest freshwater indoor tanks in the world. It has recently been used to test scaled models of the new British aircraft carriers, HM Ships Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales for stability and handling. A recent, substantially high spec upgrade has given the wavemaker even greater capacity to accurately simulate real sea conditions, capable of generating regular waves and both long and short-crested irregular waves.