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Boeing Starliner parachute testing

Boeing test teams reached a significant milestone for the CST-100 Starliner program by testing the parachute system Starliner will use on its return to Earth.

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360° view of RS-25 rocket engine test

This video offers a unique 360° perspective of the RS-25 engine hot-fire test at Stennis Space Center near Bay St Louis, Mississippi on February 22. From each of vantage points, the camera’s view can be rotated 360°. This highlight video shows part of the full six-minute 20-second testing of the development engine.

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Web Exclusive Articles

Manufacturing stronger airplane materials

The UK’s National Physical Laboratory has developed the first high temperature solid particle erosion test to incorporate metrology

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Tony Fry, principal research scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (UK)


At the double

Embraer has passed through the 25% point in its 2,000-hour E2 trials campaign – its nine-prototype effort should see the next-generation airliner variants enter service in 2018, 2019 and 2020

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X-way vision

Will NASA’s X-57 electric research airplane go down in history as the aircraft that helped define a new, greener, cleaner, electric age of aviation?

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The load master

Meet Rens Ubels, principal project engineer in the structures testing and evaluation department at the Netherlands Aerospace Centre

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National treasure

History was created earlier this year when the Colombian Air Force conducted wing static testing of its new trainer aircraft, the Calima T-90, marking the first full-scale aircraft test ever undertaken in Colombia

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Have you met?

Gilles Freaud, head of test instrumentation components at Airbus, discusses the testing challenges and trends facing Europe’s largest commercial aircraft manufacturer

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Model behavior

Smart testing for a smart fighter: the Gripen E is being developed and tested to ensure maximum value and efficiency

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Ahead of the curve

The latest testing from the C-130J Hercules Wing Fatigue Test Program (WFTP) has pioneered a number of innovative non-destructive inspection techniques

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Time travel

Just how long will it be until we see hybrid and electric aircraft in commercial service with airlines? Airbus Group’s Andy Anderson says it could be sooner than you think

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NIFTI no wires

The Australian Defence Force’s Air Warfare Centre has developed a non-intrusive flight test instrumentation solution to flight testing

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Nigel Pittaway


Masterplan

A new Searchmaster airborne surveillance radar is currently being tested as a key component in extending the operational life of the French Navy’s Dassault Aviation Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft

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Thomas Newdick


Team Spirit

A complex international program to secure a Supplemental Type Certificate for a Fokker 100 modified as a flying testbed provides a good lesson in effective cooperation

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Nunzio Nicola Caccavo


Proceed with caution

With the MRJ having resumed flight testing, we talk to program management to discuss progress

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Ian Goold


Bear necessities

Five dedicated A400M test aircraft have notched up over 7,900 hours and 2,900 flights - with just a few test hurdles remaining

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Nigel Pittaway


Feel the force

Step inside the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base, the world's largest environmental test facility

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Anthony James


Sonic tonic

NASA and other leading aerospace companies and agencies are determined to develop a low sonic boom aircraft – but what are some of the testing challenges involved?

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George Coupe


Pioneer spirit

If flying a sailplane to the edge of space isn’t demanding enough, try doing it with a team composed almost exclusively of volunteers!

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Thomas Newdick


Testing talk

Meet Steve Brown, lead instrumentation engineer, Boeing Test & Evaluation, and the man currently responsible for securing data from the Boeing 737 MAX test program

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Anthony James


Interview: Christoph Schlettig, Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse's Christoph Schlettig on the testing challenges behind the world's first solar-powered around-the-world flight campaign

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Little wing

How a new flying wing design being developed by NASA could help man to land on Mars

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George Coupe


Double agent

Step inside Honeywell's Boeing 757 test aircraft, used for both engine and avionics testing

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Paul E Eden


Hybrid future

Cranfield University's Peter Malkin discusses hybrid electric aircraft in advance of the Electric & Hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium

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Professor Malkin


Data download

Airbus and Boeing provide exclusive access to their respective telemetry rooms

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Bernard Fitzsimons


Crack team

Discover how Finland and Australia are collaborating on Hornet fatigue testing

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Nigel Pittaway


Robot to the rescue

How NRL scientists are able to predict aspects of F/A-18 performance using a custom-designed robot

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Kyra Wiens


Sounds ultra advanced

Automating NDT will save time, reduce costs and speed up the test process. Now that systems are becoming more refined, this will be particularly applicable for composite structures

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by Bernard Fitzsimons


Pegasus - flying horsepower

Supporting the development of a new Pegasus LPC1 fan blade for the US Marine Corps Harrier upgrade led to the revival of a mothballed testbed

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By Tim Williams


Lightning II ground

As the F-35 Lightning II completes a raft of flight test trials, Aerospace Testing International takes an exclusive look at the involvement of the Integrated Test Force (ITF) in this stage of the fighter’s complex multirole development

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Principal project pilot

In a new series, Aerospace Testing International talks to chief test pilots about themselves, their experiences, their projects and their achievements. First in the captain’s seat is Peter Chandler, chief test pilot for Airbus

 

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Christopher Hounsfield


Wing and a prayer

Composite wings offer savings in weight, assembly effort and maintenance, but their novelty means they are subjected to a far more rigorous test regime than conventional metal airfoils

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Bernard Fitzsimmons


Frame game

High-speed photography remains a vital tool in stores separation testing. Digital cameras are increasingly the norm, and the photography itself is now used in combination with sophisticated computer analysis

 

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Paul E. Eden


Dream departure

Boeing reveals the meticulous steps behind preparing the 787-9 Dreamliner for flight testing

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John Bradford


Jump to it

Inside the KTV – the flight test office responsible for evaluating all new equipment and modifications for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16 fleet

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Thomas Newdick


Black magic

How do you test composites? More than just ‘black metal’, these new materials require, and deserve, a whole new approach that takes into account their unique properties

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Saul Wordsworth


Watch this space

NASA’s commercial crew program is heating up this summer, with a number of critical testing milestones either planned or underway

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Rob Coppinger


Winning formula

With the first demonstration race having successfully taken place in Spain, Air Race F1 is now set to become a World Series in 2015. We talk to the pilots and the organizer

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Christopher Hounsfield


Aerodynamic duo

How wind tunnel testing of a Boeing 757 vertical tail has helped prove active flow control can enhance performance

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Jim Banke


Handy Mandi

Crawling robots are beginning to attract attention as a possible fast, safe and low-cost means of completing non-destructive inspection on aerospace structures

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Gary Georgeson


Life after first flight

Flight testing of the new Airbus A350 XWB is underway in France – what flight progress has been made since the aircraft first flew in June 2013?

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Ian Goold


Where no man has gone before

There will always be one key difference between the testing of an unmanned air system (UAS) and a manned aircraft – the pilot stays firmly on the ground

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Paul E Eden


Tunnel vision

Since NASA contracted Boeing to develop the CST-100 module,
James Johnson, lead test and evaluation manager of the program, has seen the team progress – but also face development challenges along the way

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John Challen


Hit the dust

A recent helicopter crash test conducted by NASA, the US Navy, the US Army and the FAA hopes to shed new light on seat safety and lightweight composites, while also exploring the value of new testing methods

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Anthony James


The frame grabbers

So-called ‘frame grabbers’ have helped engineers unravel a complex picture of aerodynamic interactions during the Embraer KC-390's refueling procedures

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Inder Kohli and Reinert Muller


Root cause

How Wichita's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) is using a F/A-18 first-generation aircraft to learn more about the aging of composite structures and bonds

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Dr Waruna Seneviratne


Come Together

The US Missile Defense Agency has proved its integrated systems concept in the biggest and most ambitious advanced threat test and raid assault ever: FTI-01

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Jon Haack


Hot to CHOT

How researchers at the University of Nottingham hope to turn light into ultrasound to revolutionize NDT

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Dr Theodosia Stratoudaki


Sowing the seeds

Arnold Engineering Development Complex updates and improves its particle seeding system with a multi-injector solution

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Seth E Bass


Set the course

Canada's National Research Council helicopter test pilot Stephan Carignan discusses his exceptional career and what’s next for the rotorcraft industry

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Chris Hounsfield


 

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The UK’s National Physical Laboratory has developed the first high temperature solid particle erosion test to incorporate metrology
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Embraer has passed through the 25% point in its 2,000-hour E2 trials campaign – its nine-prototype effort should see the next-generation airliner variants enter service in 2018, 2019 and 2020
Click here to read more

Will NASA’s X-57 electric research airplane go down in history as the aircraft that helped define a new, greener, cleaner, electric age of aviation?
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Meet Rens Ubels, principal project engineer in the structures testing and evaluation department at the Netherlands Aerospace Centre
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History was created earlier this year when the Colombian Air Force conducted wing static testing of its new trainer aircraft, the Calima T-90, marking the first full-scale aircraft test ever undertaken in Colombia
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