Cranfield University is a British postgraduate and research-based university with two campuses. The main campus is at Cranfield, Bedfordshire and the second is the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham, Oxfordshire. The main campus is unique in the United Kingdom for having an operational airport (Cranfield Airport) next to the main campus. The airport facilities are used by Cranfield University's own aircraft in the course of aerospace teaching and research. The university has connections in India and Australia. The university was formed in 1946 as the College of Aeronautics on the former Royal Air Force base of RAF Cranfield which opened in 1937. (See also entries on Harold Roxbee Cox, Sir Stafford Cripps and Roy Fedden, all individuals associated with the foundation of the original College of Aeronautics). Between 1955 and 1969 a period of diversification took place. In 1967 the college presented the Privy Council with a petition for the grant of a Royal Charter along with a draft charter for a new institution to be called Cranfield Institute of Technology.
X-ray prototype to revolutionise airport security
A prototype of a next-generation X-ray scanner that has been developed using technology created at Cranfield University is predicted to lead to a revolution in security in the aviation sector.
Geophysics used to locate WW2 spitfire
On the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Peter Masters, a Research Fellow from Cranfield University's Forensic Institute, commences a new geophysical survey this week searching for a Spitfire which crashed in World ...
The hidden potential of landfill
A recent study carried out by Cranfield University has demonstrated the potential value of extracting rare earth elements (REE) and valuable metals from landfill sites.
Space clean-up mission seeks reduced orbital debris (w/ Video)
As the Earth's orbit becomes increasingly crowded with space debris, including former satellites no longer in operation, there is an increasing risk of collisions with active satellites.
New model helps reduce cost of flooding on railways
Flooding is a major contributor to rail delays with huge cost implications. 2012/13 was the second wettest year in the UK national record and resulted in significant disruption to rail services and infrastructure. Some £136 ...
Research shows that sharks are quite clever
New behavioural research led by Cranfield ecological scientist's shows that, contrary to historical beliefs, sharks are quick to learn and have good memories.
Floodplain restoration project re-creating lost habitat
A partnership between Cranfield University, The Parks Trust and the Environment Agency will measure the environmental effects of restoring areas of floodplain forest habitat.
Carbon buried deep in ancient soils
(Phys.org) —The unearthing of significant carbon stores in deep soils by scientists from the UK and Australia has substantial implications for climate change activities globally.
House prices unaffected by incinerator plants
The installation of waste incinerator plants – or Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities – is often contested in the UK. Arguments such as health, cost, noise, odours, traffic movement, resources depletion and house prices ...
Research shows how 'green' our food is
New research from Cranfield University has analysed how 'green' some of our everyday food choices are, and their long term sustainability for UK diets.