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The Dambusters raid took place 75 years ago. Here's how they made a bomb bounce

May 17, 2018:

This week marks 75 years since one of the world\'s most famous bombing raids, the Dambusters. Hugh Hunt from the University of Cambridge\'s Department of Engineering recreated the raid in 2011 and in this article discusses how engineers made a bomb bounce with tests that used marbles and golf balls.

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Hugh Hunt, reader in engineering dynamics and vibration, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Five minutes with Mike Sheehan, CEO of Assystem Technologies UK

May 2, 2018:

Following the acquisition of consultancy Stirling Dynamics, Mike Sheehan, CEO of Assystem Technologies in the UK, tells Aerospace Testing about the deal and gives his thoughts on the direction of the aerospace sector.

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Mike Sheehan, CEO, Assystem Technologies,

Why more electric aircraft need standards

Apr 25, 2018:

David Alexander, director at SAE Aerospace Standards, looks at why the increased electrification of aircraft needs standards

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David Alexander

Materials for de-icing

Apr 5, 2018:

Matt Asper from the University of Virginia reveals how ground-based tests are helping to solve the challenge of ice-accretion at high altitudes 

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Matt Asper

The simulation of unusual flight conditions will improve aircraft safety and training

Jan 30, 2018:

Human factors research is contributing to developing a better understanding of a pilot's response to unusual flight conditions,

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Dr Eric Groen, senior scientist at TNO and visiting academic - aerospace physiology at Cranfield University, UK

New aerospace concepts: Is testing ready for them?

Jun 30, 2017:

 Emergent technologies are providing some of the most exciting developments in the aerospace world. Is the current flight test community fit to assess them?

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Highs and lows

Apr 19, 2017:

Is it easier to test at high or low altitude? While high-altitude testing brings its own set of human challenges, flight in a low-level environment brings completely different conditions and difficulties

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Environmental testing: hot or cold?

Dec 5, 2016:

The world of aerospace testing is no stranger to extreme conditions, but which end of the temperature envelope is the more challenging?

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Garnet Ridgway and Sophie Robinson

Improving efficiency

Oct 25, 2016:

Is it time you considered a Combined Test Team approach to improve efficiency through elimination of redundant testing?

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Flight simulators: passe or the future?

Sep 13, 2016:

 Flight simulation is undoubtedly a valuable part of the aerospace testing process, but has technological development in the field stagnated?

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