Date Created: 12 June 2012
The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), a key player in China Aerospace Science and Technology Cooperation (CASC), is investing £1.5 million over five years in a new research laboratory at the University of Strathclyde.
This is its first research and development collaboration outside of China.
The two parties have agreed to establish a joint international Space Mechatronic Systems Technology (SMeSTech) research laboratory at the university and to second two senior CALT engineers to work with Strathclyde researchers on the project each year.
The SMeSTech laboratory, to be developed at the university’s Engineering Department, aims to advance research and development into space mechatronic systems technology, such as mechatronic mechanisms and related manufacturing technologies.
Mechatronics involves the fusion of mechanical engineering with components from computer science, mathematics and electrical engineering, typically to develop automated guided vehicles, robots, aircraft flight control and navigation systems.
Annual seminars organised by SMeSTech are also planned to propose new research programmes for wider collaboration across Engineering to be considered by both CASC and CALT.
Dean of Engineering, Professor Scott MacGregor, said: “This is an exciting initiative for our Design, Manufacturing & Engineering Management department and a strong reflection on its excellence in mechatronic systems research.
"Given the fact this is the first university collaboration made by CALT outside China, this investment also represents major recognition of our international research standing.“