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Orion laser facility

Orion is one of the most powerful lasers and largest laser facilities in the UK.

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A unique national asset

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Engineering

Engineers use pioneering science-based methodology – a ground-breaking approach which allows us to certify nuclear warheads without underground testing, and to predict the performance of a system which cannot be tested.

Our engineers provide vital expertise to hydrodynamics and plasma physics and to the national nuclear security programmes.

Warhead engineering consists of the following areas of expertise:

  • Systems engineering – conducts requirements definition, system development and system verification through-life to ensure the ongoing safety and performance of the UK's nuclear deterrent.
  • Mechanical engineering – provides the capability to analyse, test, assess, manage, underwrite, certify and maintain the current and potential future warhead design.
  • Electronic engineering – supports the Ministry of Defence in the acquisition and ownership of warhead electrical systems ensuring our capability to maintain the current system and develop any potential successor.
  • Engineering Services Technology Centre – provides capability through engineered test solutions to support certification of the UK deterrent.
  • Product Life Cycle Management – utilises a model-based systems engineering approach to product management, integrating people, processes and supporting technology to maintain our contribution to the UK deterrent programme.
  • Engineering technology – directs investment into the right technologies needed to sustain the current system and to be able to respond to any future requirement. Active development areas include engineering analysis using state-of-the-art test techniques, additive manufacture, high pressure hydrogen storage, neutron sources, pulsed power and electromechanical devices, digital and analogue electronics.