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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.

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06 September, 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.

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21 August, 2017


 

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Irkut Corporation starts the second stage of MC-21 flight tests

The second stage of the MC-21-300 in-plant development tests program commenced on September 13. The modified airplane systems worked without complaint during the flight, which lasted about two hours.

In the course of preparations for the second stage of MC-21-300 tests, strain gauges were mounted on the aircraft, enabling the accurate measurement of loads on the structure. Also by the results of the first flight test stage, the software has been corrected.

The main goal of this stage of testing is to extend the range of flights by mass, centering, speed and altitude.

September 14, 2017

Written by Michael Jones


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