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SES’s precision design & manufacturing skills support global engineering adventure – The Bloodhound Project

SES is always looking for opportunities to showcase their design and manufacturing capability and when approached by the Bloodhound team they were keen to be involved in such a credible project that is helping to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists and mathematicians.

By bringing this unique engineering adventure to life, the project’s mission is focused around a 1000mph World Land Speed Record attempt.

Managing Director Del Hall was approached by the team at Bloodhound for his wealth of knowledge of parachute deployment systems and as a result was pleased to be one of the product sponsors of the project.  

The BLOODHOUND Project centres on BLOODHOUND SSC a supersonic car that is designed not only to go faster than the speed of sound (supersonic) but to over 1,000mph (1,600km/h). It will cover a mile in just 3.6 seconds.

To date, unique parachute deployment chutes have been satisfactory tested using Jaguar F type R Coupe by RAF Wing Commander Andy Green as a world land speed of 186mph was achieved.  The chutes are designed to nestle next to BLOODHOUND SSC’s jet engine, were mounted sticking out of the rear windscreen of the Jaguar and successfully deployed via a cockpit mounted button at these speeds.

Photograph: from The Bloodhound Project

Del Hall’s expertise in the design, packing and safety inspection of parachute deployment systems led to the successful deployment sequence of the chute and the design of the drogue chutes in a safe controlled manner without using the supersonic car itself, giving the Bloodhound’s Engineering Team great confidence.

SES designed and built the brake parachute deployment outer cover which uses a high temperature flame retardant fabric.  As well as the primary deployment spring operating parachute and inner chute container.

The project is due to make its record attempt in South Africa in 2018

For more information about the Bloodhound project, please visit

SES manages the complete overhaul of ejection seats on the only flying Sea Vixen in the world

SES conducted the complete ejection seat overhaul of the only remaining airworthy Sea Vixen in the world – G-CVIX XP924, supporting aviation history. Having just completed another annual service of the seats, SES is pleased to be supporting Naval Aviation Ltd – ensuring this iconic British aircraft remains flightworthy.

Photograph: Sea Vixen from Naval Aviation Ltd 

This all-British twin-boom, twin-turbojet fighter flew from Royal Navy aircraft carriers at the height of the Cold War in the 1960s and 70s and was the first British aircraft to be armed with guided missiles, rockets and bombs.

Based at RNAS Yeovilton and flying in 899 Naval Air Squadron colours from HMS Eagle, she remains to play a key role in the story of the evolution of the nation’s carrier aviation heritage.

SES’s engineers undertake a full annual service of the seats from their equipment maintenance facility in Tetbury which includes ejection seat, parachute and personal survival pack. Paul James, Naval Aviation Ltd’s Continuing Airworthiness Manager is delighted with the service it receives from SES, “SES have supported Sea Vixen from the start of its time at RNAS Yeovilton and are instrumental to the maintenance of its airworthy condition today”. Brian Johnstone, Chief Engineer at Naval Aviation Ltd adds, “The support we receive from SES is first class and always to the highest standard”. The Sea Vixen is regularly seen during air displays in the summer season.

Proud Supporters of SAFE (Europe) Symposium and Exhibition, 3-5th April

The 24th Annual SAFE (Europe) Symposium and Exhibition will take place in Zeist, Netherlands, 3-5th April. As a Company, we are involved in the planning and running of the Symposium and are proud to be part of this important annual event.

member of SAFE

This Symposium and exhibition provides an excellent forum for the exchange of information between Industry, Government Procurement agencies and Research Establishments in the field of Survival and Flight Equipment for both Military and Civil applications. SAFE has the fundamental aim of encouraging safety and survival through technical excellence by encouraging and stimulating dialogue between professional agencies, specialist equipment producers and the worldwide user community. For any other information about SAFE Europe or the Symposium please email

SES safely parachutes Nampak Infini recycled milk bottles in trailer 

SES’s design & engineering capability at times sees us engaged in some interesting applications of our escape systems and survival equipment. We often find ourselves approached by production teams and film crews to support an array of bespoke manufacturing applications. The advert to demonstrate Namkpak Plastics Infini recycled milk bottle strength from 2012 is just one example. 

Benefitting from the expertise of our parachute expert Del Hall designed and manufactured the parachutes that saw the Infini bottles being safely parachuted to the ground from an Augusto Helicopter.  This innovative and lightweight range of high density polyethylene (HDPE) milk bottles contains upto 20% less material than a standard bottle and up to 30% recycled HDPE and as we can clearly see strength is not compromised. Del Hall, Director of Survival Equipment Services commented, ‘We were thrilled to be part of this project and given this opportunity to utilise our design skills in such an innovative way”.  

A link to this trailer is attached below.

SES supports local Scrap Heap Challenge to power light for homework

Managing Director Del Hall supported the JOLE RIDER Scrap Heap Challenge for sixth formers from across Gloucestershire last week, who were challenged to compete an engineering bike related task with an African theme.  Inspired by a young Malawian school student William Kamkwamba, the five teams of sixth formers were tasked to design and build a way of generating light using a bicycle mounted on a baseboard.  Based on this real-life issue the task was to demonstrate a workable design to enable a workstation mounted on their bikes to be lit through bicycle power enabling home-study.

As support to this challenge Del Hall worked alongside members of JOLE RIDER and The James Dyson Foundation, supporting students with this task throughout the day and as a member of the overall judging panel.

Del with dyson

Teams presented their prototypes and were judged on their overall achievement of the brief, decision-making and design & workmanship. As a Design Engineer, Del Hall was proud to support this initiative which was to engage and excite the next generation of creative and socially aware Engineers.

This challenge, which was founded on the popular TV programme “SCRAP HEAP CHALLENGE” for use of materials and inspired by African student William Kamkwamba. It was pioneered by engineers from Network Rail and was conceived by JOLE RIDER based in Tetbury who for the past 10 years have been delivering reconditioned bicycles to schools in Africa. All teams demonstrated superb technical knowledge and the design and commitment to turn this brief into reality.

For more information about this challenge

Lightweight, compact stretcher aids casualties in military combat

One of the most lightweight, compact stretchers in the emergency & rescue industry has been put to full test whilst being used in full military combat for French Special Forces. The Micro-Stretcher was used successfully coming to the aid of casualties in the field, aiding quick and effective onwards care.

Designed and developed by Survival & Personal Safety Equipment Manufacturer SES, the company’s latest extension to its safety equipment range alongside life jackets, life rafts and personal survival packs, this rigid yet compact stretcher offers spinal support and ease of transportation over the roughest of terrains. Just under 2 metres long the Micro-Stretcher collapses into a compact ‘laptop-sized bag’ for use by ground personnel or storing in a vehicle. Developed from carbon fibre rods it is encased in a hard-wearing, easy to clean mesh netting frame of a choice of webbing colours to suit its application – military or emergency. 

The Micro-Stretcher practically assembles itself in seconds after opening and comprises of 6 sections to aid its compact design. It has been tested to withstand up to 311kg* in weight equivalent to 3.5 times the average male in the UK but weighs just 4.5kg in its carry bag.

The casualty can be held firmly in place with four colour coded restraining straps, over body straps and a removable head pad with associated chin or head strap. It comes complete with a choice of 4 or 6 carry straps for ease of transportation across rough terrain for a safe and effective rescue from the most challenging environments.


SES’s Micro-Stretcher application by the French Special Forces is via their European Distributor, Wescue in Sweden who specialize in rescue service and military equipment.

Del Hall, Managing Director is excited about all the applications for this lightweight and compact stretcher which has also been trialled by the SAS and purchased by Flying Pictures, world leaders in aerial film, Fire & Rescue services in Korea and by US Embassy in Cambodia. Del said, “applications for the Micro-Stretcher are so wide-spread, it is so light weight and compact and even fits nicely into a medical backpack, packed into a vehicle and can even be winched by helicopter”. The Micro Stretcher is part of the Fibrelight developments product range, Patent no. PN810172GB Patent Application no. PN810172EP Patent Application no. PN810172US.

*Tested by CTE Composite Test & Evaluation Limited





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