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Plasma wind tunnel testing

Watch the first simulated re-entry of a full-sized spacecraft in a plasma wind tunnel as the The Scirocco facility tests the Qarman cubesat.

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18 July, 2018



Sonic boom acoustic tests

This video, from a NASA Social event at Armstrong Flight Research Center, shows an F/A-18 producing a regular sonic boom at 0:43 and and then a low “boom” by performing the dive maneuver at 02:34. NASA researchers are preparing for public tests of technology designed to reduce the noise of sonic booms

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03 July, 2018



Autonomous vehicles explained

Safran’s SimplyFly! light hearted series of video’s takes on autonomous vehicles - how will they work and what are the main challenges? Learn more about the topic by watching this video.

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20 June, 2018



 

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With Airbus' Zephyr drone pushing the limits of aviation to reach an altitude of 74,000ft in the stratosphere during test flights, we would like to ask - where do you think the atmosphere ends and space begins?

Plasma wind tunnel testing

Watch the first simulated re-entry of a full-sized spacecraft in a plasma wind tunnel as the The Scirocco facility tests the Qarman cubesat.

July 18, 2018


Sonic boom acoustic tests

This video, from a NASA Social event at Armstrong Flight Research Center, shows an F/A-18 producing a regular sonic boom at 0:43 and and then a low “boom” by performing the dive maneuver at 02:34. NASA researchers are preparing for public tests of technology designed to reduce the noise of sonic booms

July 03, 2018


Autonomous vehicles explained

Safran’s SimplyFly! light hearted series of video’s takes on autonomous vehicles - how will they work and what are the main challenges? Learn more about the topic by watching this video.

June 20, 2018


Space Launch System - in numbers

Discover how engineers are outfitting the world’s most powerful rocket with sensors, cables and other equipment in this 2:40 video.

May 15, 2018


Blue Origin launches and lands New Shepard rocket

Watch Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' space tourism company Blue Origin successfully launch and land a used rocket and capsule.

May 02, 2018


Inside NASA Langley's crash test lab

A behind-the scenes look at how engineers use dummies in aerospace crash tests in aircraft and spacecraft.

April 09, 2018


‘Iron Man’ jet suit flight tested at high speeds

Gravity Industries has conducted high speed flight testing of its jet suit using the longest zip wire in Europe.

March 27, 2018


Stratolaunch High Speed Taxi Test

The aircraft development team for the world’s largest aircraft performed regression testing at the Mojave Air & Space Port on February 24-25, 2018. Ground speeds ranged from 10-40 knots during the test series.

March 21, 2018


Bell V-280 Valor Reaches 80 Knots

Watch the US military’s next generation tilt-rotor aircraft achieve a flight speed of 80 knots at an altitude of 1,000 feet above ground level during tests.

February 27, 2018


Airbus updates on Skyways urban delivery drone

Airbus Helicopters reports that it plans to start field trials later this year in Singapore of the UAV, which is able to deliver parcels that weigh up to 4kg.

February 16, 2018


Ehang autonomous aerial vehicle manned flight tests

Chinese firm Ehang announced that it has achieved a series of manned flight tests carrying one and two passengers, including its CEO and government officials.

February 06, 2018


First static fire test of Falcon Heavy rocket

SpaceX has completed the first static fire test of the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle. The company plans to launch Falcon Heavy on February 6. When operational, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit.

January 30, 2018


A321LR long-range aircraft maiden flight

A321LR - Maiden flight of Airbus' fuel efficient and long range single aisle aircraft - this video shows the day the first test aircraft takes to the skies and interviews the head of the program.

February 02, 2018


First static fire test of Falcon Heavy rocket

SpaceX has completed the first static fire test of the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle. The company plans to launch Falcon Heavy on February 6. When operational, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit.

January 30, 2018


James Webb Space Telescope cryogenic testing time lapse

With its nine-month stay in Texas coming to an end, this time-lapse shows activity in the NASA Johnson Space Center's Chamber A cleanroom from the arrival of the Webb Telescope's optical and instrument segment through to its roll out from the chamber after completing its cryogenic testing.

January 17, 2018


Boeing tests large cargo drone

In less than three months, a team of engineers designed and built the unmanned cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype. The innovative vehicle will be used to test and evolve Boeing’s autonomous technology for future aerospace vehicles.

January 17, 2018


NASA’s solar probe tested with lasers

NASA's Parker Solar Probe is in the midst of intense environmental testing at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, in preparation for its journey to the Sun. These tests simulate the noise and shaking the spacecraft will experience during its launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, scheduled for 2018.

January 17, 2018


Airbus tests laminar flow wing

Airbus shares the progress made on the development of laminar flow wings that can be produced on an industrial scale. Our in-depth article featuring all the technical details can be read here.

January 17, 2018


A330neo first flight

Watch te first A330neo make its maiden flight over south-western France. The aircraft took off at 9:57am local time on 19 October from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport and was powered by state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans.

October 25, 2017


Valor begins ground-constrained testing

The Bell V280 Valor prototype aircraft has successfully begun its restrained ground run test operations. The aircraft will continue ground run testing at the Bell Helicopter Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas where it will undergo a series of functional tests running all aircraft systems and flight.

October 11, 2017


Open Rotor development progressing fast

The Open Rotor is a future-generation aircraft engine developed by Safran that leverages its revolutionary architecture to deliver ACARE1 fuel-consumption and CO₂ emission goals, and is making progress fast.

October 11, 2017


PassengerDrone completes first test flight

The first manned flight test of the PassengerDrone demonstrated its performance, stability and ease of handling with passengers aboard. This follows a few months of remotely operated flying.

October 04, 2017


Starliner undergoes land landing tests

The Boeing Starliner has undergone new drop testing to simulate landings on land and to test the spacecraft’s airbags.

October 04, 2017


Volocopter performs first ever urban air taxi test

The first-ever public flight of an autonomous urban air taxi, establishing the feasibility and safety of airborne taxis as a means of public transportation, has been carried out. Following weeks of intense safety assessments of vehicle, operations and the test site, Volocopter performed the historic flight on September 25 in Dubai.

September 27, 2017


RIME radar tested

A 16m-long radar boom that is part of ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer was tested with the help of a helicopter close to Friedrichshafen, Germany, on September 20–21, 2017. The Radar for Icy Moons Exploration (RIME) instrument will probe below the surface of Jupiter’s icy moons using ice-penetrating radar.

A test was carried out using a simplified mock-up of the spacecraft, simplified solar arrays and a representative antenna. The model spacecraft hung 150m below the helicopter and flew trajectories between 50m and 320m above the ground.

September 27, 2017


BLADE demonstrator makes debut flight

Airbus’s A340 laminar-flow BLADE test demonstrator aircraft (A340-300 MSN001) has made its successful maiden flight for the EU-sponsored Clean Sky BLADE project. The aircraft, dubbed ‘Flight Lab’, took off from the Tarbes aerodrome in southern France at 11:00am local time and, after a series of successful tests, landed at Airbus’ facilities at Toulouse Blagnac Airport. The overall flight time was 3 hours 38 mins.

September 27, 2017


Sandia conducts alternative pyroshock testing

A 100lb solid steel projectile, fired from Sandia National Laboratories’ 6in gas gun, impacts material on a resonant bar attached to a test article. The impact initiates a wave that travels through the resonant bar assembly into the test article, simulating a stage separation pyroshock event.

September 06, 2017


Flying Test Bed farewell

As GE's original B747 flying testbed heads for retirement, hear from the pilots who flew the aircraft for more than 25 years with 39 different engine builds.

August 21, 2017


Vector-R launch vehicle completes suborbital flight

Views from different angles of the second successful launch of Vector’s B0.002 test vehicle. The full-scale prototype of the company's Vector-R launch vehicle completed a successful suborbital flight.

August 9, 2017


DLR and Airbus Helicopters Germany carry out tests to reduce helicopter noise

In a current research project concerned with the scalability of active rotor control applications, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), in cooperation with Airbus Helicopters Germany, tested a contemporary five-bladed rotor system in a wind tunnel as part of the SKAT (Scalability and Risk Minimization of Technology) research project.

August 2, 2017


418th FLTS supports MDA

Members of the 418th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base in California conduct a special launch from a C-17 for the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

July 26, 2017


Joint venture featuring the University of Queensland performs successful hypersonic flight test

University of Queensland (UQ) hypersonics researchers – in collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) and US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Boeing, and BAE Systems – carried out a test flight in July 2017 which has brought the proposition of commercial hypersonic flight one step closer to reality.

This vehicle is a free-flying hypersonic glider, designed to fly at Mach 8 (8000 km/h). It is designed to separate from its rocket booster in space and perform controlled maneuvers as it enters the atmosphere. The test flight was intended to enable learning about how to fly a hypersonic vehicle at high altitude.

July 19, 2017


CH-53K King Stallion Program completes first ‘cross-country’ flight

The CH-53K King Stallion Program successfully completed its first extended ‘cross country’ flight from Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach facility in Florida to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, on June 30, 2017. This is the first of several such flights that will occur during 2017 and 2018 as the King Stallion flight test program transitions to the flight test facilities at Patuxent River.

July 12, 2017


Gripen E performs first flight in Sweden

The Gripen E’s first flight is captured in this video which shows preparation, take-off and landing of the fighter.

June 21, 2017


First qualification test carried out for Orbital ATK launch abort motor

Orbital ATK, along with NASA and Lockheed Martin, successfully completed the first qualification test for the Orion spacecraft's launch abort motor on June 15. The motor is critical to crew safety, with the ability to pull the crew module away from the launch vehicle in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent.

June 21, 2017


VSS Unity completes first ‘feather’ re-entry system flight test

On May 1, 2017, VSS Unity’s ‘feather’ re-entry system was activated in flight for the first time. VSS Unity was piloted by Mark Stucky and Mike Masucci, with pilots Nicola Pecile and CJ Sturckow and flight test engineer Dustin Mosher in carrier aircraft VMS Eve. This test flight was the fourth glide flight (and eighth flight overall) of VSS Unity.

May 4, 2017


Successful testing of NASA Orion ACM

On April 27, 2017, Orbital ATK successfully completed a test fire of the company’s attitude control motor (ACM) for NASA’s Orion crew exploration vehicle. The ACM will steer the capsule’s launch abort system and crew module away from the launch vehicle in the event of an emergency. The capsule, developed by Lockheed Martin, is expected to launch aboard NASA’s Space Launch System for a test flight in 2018.

May 4, 2017


Electric VTOL completes maiden test flights

The first flight test of the the Lilium autonomous VTOL prototype, illustrating its smooth transition from take-off to forward flight as well as a gentle landing.

April 27, 2017


First flight of the Boeing 737 MAX 9

Watch the first flight of the all-new 737 MAX 9, which features three more rows of seats than the MAX 8.

April 20, 2017


Dreamliner makes maiden flight

The 787-10, the newest and largest member of the Dreamliner family, completes its first flight on Friday, March 31, 2017. As a stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 leverages the family’s proven technology, long range and preferred passenger experience, with unprecedented efficiency. (Boeing promotional video).

April 6, 2017


Airbus's A319neo completes hamburg-Toulouse journey

The first A319neo equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines completed its maiden flight on March 31, 2017, with the aircraft taking off from Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport in Germany and landing five hours later at Airbus’s Toulouse, France, headquarters location.

April 6, 2017


Subscale DARPA hybrid electric VTOL X-Plane finishes testing

DARPA has completed flight testing of a subscale version of a novel aircraft design as part of its vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) X-Plane program, and is proceeding with work to develop a full-scale version of the groundbreaking plane. Developed and fabricated by Aurora Flight Sciences, the revolutionary aircraft includes 24 electric ducted fans – 18 distributed within the main wings and six in the canard surfaces, with the wings and canards tilting upward for vertical flight and rotating to a horizontal position for wing-borne flight. canard surfaces, with the wings and canards tilting upward for vertical flight and rotating to a horizontal position for wing-borne flight.

April 6, 2017


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.

March 16, 2017


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.

March 16, 2017


NASA and Lockheed Martin commence QueSST high-speed wind tunnel tests

Supersonic passenger airplanes are another step closer to reality as NASA and Lockheed Martin began the first high-speed wind tunnel tests for the Quiet Supersonic Technology, or QueSST, X-plane preliminary design here at NASA’s Glenn Research Center. In this time-lapse, engineers assemble a scale model of the design and install it in Glenn’s 8 x 6ft supersonic wind tunnel. Over the next eight weeks, engineers will expose the model to wind speeds ranging from Mach 0.3 to 1.6 to understand the aerodynamics of the X-plane design as well as aspects of the propulsion system.

March 2, 2017


IAI completes system-level thermal vacuum test on Venµs satellite

The satellite was subjected to acoustic, spin and shaking tests prior to vacuum testing.

February 15, 2017


UAS at full speed captured by DARPA’s SideArm technology

Aurora Flight Sciences recently tested a DARPA full-scale SideArm technology demonstration system that repeatedly captured a Lockheed Martin ‘Fury’ UAS, which had been accelerated to representative flight speeds via an external catapult.

February 8, 2017


NASA uses unsteady PSP high tech paint for rocket pressure testing

The video is a visualization of the full-coverage measurements of unsteady pressure affecting a rocket, taken during simulated launch in a wind tunnel test. Both aircraft and spacecraft must be designed to withstand these dynamic forces, called buffeting, or risk being shaken to pieces. The pressure data is visualized as colors (red: higher-than-average pressure; blue: lower-than-average pressure), and represent the moments before the rocket reaches supersonic speeds.

February 1, 2017


Boeing uses drones in 737 MAX wet runway tests

Boeing Test & Evaluation teams took the 737 MAX for a little dip to see how it would stand up to extreme water runway conditions. Watch the video to see how they incorporated a new teammate, an unmanned aerial system, into this high-stakes water spray test.

January 25, 2017


NASA simulates airflow around four-rotor drones

A simulation of the aerodynamics of a common four-propeller drone have been modeled by NASA.

January 19, 2017


Perdix drone swarm demonstration

Footage of the release of Perdix drones over China Lake, California, USA, and the tracking of them as they autonomously home in on their targets.

January 12, 2017


Boeing T-X completes first flight

A 360° experience of the Boeing T-X’s first flight. The first of two production-ready aircraft built for the US Air Force’s advanced pilot training competition, took to the skies on December 20 over St. Louis. (Firefox and Chrome work best for the full 360° experience.)

January 5, 2017


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