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  Test Flight and Development Centre SAAF - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Test Flight and Development Centre is a unit of the South African Air Force.
The end result was that the Test Flight and Development Centre was officially established on 10 August 1975 at AFB Waterkloof.
It is currently also assisting the Luftwaffe in the testing of the Taurus stand-off missile, for which two Panavia Tornado aircraft haved deployed a number of times to AFB Overberg from Germany with the help of a SAAF Boeing 707 aerial tanker.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Test_Flight_and_Development_Centre_SAAF   (345 words)

 Flight Test Journal: September 2005 Archives
The heart of what the Validation Instrumentation group does in flight testing the 777-200LR is to take measurements - sometimes in the tens of thousands - on all parts and systems of the airplane.
During the return flight, our pilot continued to monitor the Iceland forecast and found that the winds were due to pick up again in a couple days and blow even harder.
Flight Test also is sometimes asked to support long-term technology research that won't find its way onto a production airplane for 3-5 years, or longer.
www.boeing.com /commercial/777family/200LR/flight_test/archives/2005/09   (4220 words)

 Flight Test Journal
We decided to test at both levels and it meant a 60 percent increase in flight hours, which is huge, on the number one airplane.
In addition, we collect data during flight test which cannot be accurately predicted in the simulator in order to modify and tune the functions and control laws.
The flight test airplanes have a laser sensor installed at the tail of the airplane that measure the actual height of the tail above the runway to within a couple of inches.
www.boeing.com /commercial/777family/200LR/flight_test   (4887 words)

 Test of Missile Defense System Delayed Again (washingtonpost.com)
Since the last flight test in December 2002, a number of critical hardware and software changes have been incorporated into the system, and officials have counted on the next test to gather critical data about the system's accuracy and reliability.
The flight test, already delayed several times, had most recently been slated to occur at the end of September.
That glitch led to an earlier flight test delay -- from mid-August to late September -- as the interceptor was removed from its silo to put in a new computer.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A18975-2004Sep13.html   (694 words)

 Naval Test Wing Atlantic - Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Test Wing Atlantic participates in all phases of RDT&E/FOT&E, from cradle to grave, starting with concept demonstrations of new aircraft, on to engineering development and full scale production of new aircraft, followed by modernization and modification programs that enable older aircraft to keep pace with modern technology and new war fighting requirements.
The US Naval Test Pilot School provides NAWC and numerous external customers with highly specialized training in the various Naval flight test disciplines.
Strike is also engaged in hosting and providing Flight Test Aircrew for the new Joint Strike Fighter X-35 and X-32 concept demonstration aircraft as well as the X-31 VECTOR test vehicle.
www.nawcad.navy.mil /testwinglant   (465 words)

Flight testing of the aircraft was delayed completing cowling mods required to accommodate the Marvel and associated linkage modifications.
Prior to flight testing, Maule springs were installed between the tailwheel bell crank and the rudder bell crank in order to prevent rudder flutter when weight is on the tailwheel.
Flight from Cal City to the West Antelope Valley and aqueduct showed indicated airspeeds of 148 to 155 MPH at 8100 ft MSL and groundspeeds from GPS of 169 kt with a tailwind.
www.eaa1000.av.org /fltrpts/q200/testsumm.htm   (5613 words)

 Test Flight   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The world's biggest commercial engine manufacturer with 60 percent of the market, GE is the only engine maker to flight test its new engines — the other jet engine builders, Rolls Royce and Pratt & Whitney, test on the ground and wait for new engines to go into the planes they were designed to power.
There is a rack to test icing on the engine and an entire section of racks to measure everything else on the C-34; each of its 24 fan blades has a separate temperature sensor, for example.
Hardell noted that the tail section, which is the weakest point on a 747, had been flexed 13 feet during a test of the GE 90, and about 85 percent of the allowable stress had been put on it.
www.vvdailypress.com /2004/107867026622104.html   (1302 words)

 The Delta Clipper Experimental Archive
During flight 4 on July 31, 1997, landing strut 2 failed to extend, causing the unbalanced vehicle to tip over on its landing pad.
The flight vehicle was tested at White Sands during the summer of 1996, and demonstrated a 26-hour turnaround between its second and third flights, a first for any rocket.
After the fourth flight, however, the DC-XA suffered severe damage and the program ended due to lack of funding.
www.hq.nasa.gov /office/pao/History/x-33/dc-xa.htm   (470 words)

 Does Landmark Unmanned Flight Spell Doom for Test Pilots?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Chuck Yeager was the first test pilot to break the sound barrier during his historic flight in the X-1 rocket plane at California's Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base).
Reuter is the chief test pilot of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23), a squadron that tests and evaluates Navy and Marine Corps strike aircraft, such as F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets.
Bill Reuter, chief test pilot of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23, releases a load of inert bombs while in a supersonic dive in an F/A-18E Super Hornet during a test flight at Maryland's Patuxent River Naval Air Station.
news.nationalgeographic.com /news/2004/04/0427_040427_tvtestpilots.html   (1146 words)

 USAF Test Pilot School   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The fundamental key to success in aerospace flight test and evaluation is the individual member of the flight test team: the flight test pilot, of course, but nowadays the trained flight test engineer and navigator as well.
Although the testing of aircraft was rapidly evolving into a disciplined science during the interwar years, the training of test pilots was apt to be decidedly informal.
After each test or training flight, the numerous data points recorded on film or oscillograph paper had to be laboriously transcribed and then reduced by hand into a coherent report – easily the least popular part of the curriculum.
www.edwards.af.mil /history/docs_html/center/test_pilot_school.html   (4237 words)

 DoD News: Missile Intercept Test Successful   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The test successfully demonstrated for a second time exoatmospheric kill vehicle (EKV) flight performance and "hit to kill" technology to intercept and destroy a long-range ballistic missile target.
Tonight's test is part of a robust and on-going testing program that is a layered approach to defense, using different missile architectures to deter the growing threat of ballistic missiles and other weapons of mass destruction.
Over the next several weeks, government and industry program officials will conduct an extensive analysis of the data received during the flight test to determine whether anomalies or malfunctions occurred during the test, evaluate system performance and determine whether or not all flight test objectives were met.
www.defenselink.mil /releases/2001/b07152001_bt313-01.html   (404 words)

 NASA - NASA Solid Rocket Motor Test is Success
The two-minute test duration is the same length of time that the motors perform during Shuttle flights.
During the test, 167 data-gathering instruments were placed on the motor to provide information on the motor's performance.
Test data will be analyzed and the results for each objective provided in a final report.
www.nasa.gov /centers/marshall/news/news/releases/2005/05-019.html   (625 words)

 CNN.com - Futuristic rocket soars in test flight - Dec. 27, 2002
The fast-flying hybrid rocket contained three test designs, which could be used for the next generation of high-speed aircraft and planetary-entry technology, NASA said.
The plume of the rocket, which was launched last week from a NASA flight facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, could be seen more than 200 miles away in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The Lockheed Martin rocket flight was the first to test a large hybrid propulsion system.
archives.cnn.com /2002/TECH/space/12/26/test.rocket   (399 words)

 Solar Sail   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
It was then tested in a thermal and vacuum environment to simulate conditions during flight.
Such end-to-end testing is mandatory not only for nominal spacecraft operations -- computer, sensors, the attitude control, sail deployment, and control of the sail blades -- but for any unexpected situations that might occur.
In addition to the great result from the Volna tests in far-away Miass (east of the Urals in Russia), the highlight of our summer was a display of a full-scale solar sail blade in the heart of New York City.
www.planetary.org /solarsail/update_20030919.html   (867 words)

Formed in 1986, the Flight Test Society of Australia provides a forum for the expression of professional opinion on flight test activities and promotes sound aeronautical design and development and flight safety.
To promote the advancement of flight safety by providing a forum for expression of professional opinion on flight test activities in particular and flying operations in general.
To broaden professional relationships among members and to maintain and increase the prestige, standing and influence of flight test personnel in aeronautical progress.
www.ftsa.org.au   (427 words)

 Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | X-38 completes highest, fastest, longest test flight
The landing test, the eighth large-scale flight test for the program, began with the release of the X-38 from NASA's B-52 aircraft at an altitude of 45,000 feet, more than a mile higher any previous test.
During the test, the X-38 reached transonic speeds, velocities at the fringes of the sound barrier, as it flew free of the aircraft for almost a minute, descending three miles before its drogue parachute was deployed.
The test was the third X-38 mission using the parafoil sized for the actual space flight CRV.
www.spaceflightnow.com /news/n0112/14x38   (739 words)

 Armadillo Aerospace News Archive
The flight parameters were set for 1.8 seconds of boost, -4 m/s^2 minimum acceleration (slightly more than negative one half G) during the stabilization phase, 3 m/s^2 acceleration in the landing phase, 1 m/s target touchdown velocity, and a 3 m uncertainty margin for the GPS altitude.
We were planning on doing more tests, but the burn time on the first one was 14 seconds, so we really didn’t have much room under the 15 second burn time limit.
We probably won’t fly this vehicle again until we build a completely fresh engine and develop the low throttle hunting algorithm a bit more, but we are submitting some changes to our burn time waiver request to allow us to do initial flights with the small vehicle before flying the big one.
www.armadilloaerospace.com /n.x/Armadillo/Home/News?news_id=263   (1278 words)

 APL Contributions Aid Missile Defense Flight Test   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
This flight test of the Block 2004 Aegis BMD system, Flight Test Mission (FTM) 04-1, involved an SM-3 Block I missile fired from the Aegis BMD cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70) against a target launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, resulting in a hit-to-kill intercept.
The flight test was one of a three-part campaign — referred to as “Stellar Dragon” — by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Navy, to verify the Aegis BMD weapon system’s performance in an operationally realistic, scenario-driven environment.
Following each flight, APL performs a post-flight reconstruction of the mission and analyzes the flight test data to update and validate the radar and six-degree-of-freedom performance simulations, and participates in any post-flight investigations associated with the tests.
www.jhuapl.edu /newscenter/pressreleases/2005/050224.htm   (540 words)

 BBC NEWS | Business | Airbus A380 completes test flight
The US firm congratulated Airbus on the successful test flight, but added that "the A380 is a very large aircraft for a very small market".
Most of the testing was carried out at 10,000ft and within 100 miles of Toulouse, said Peter Chandler, deputy project pilot for the A380.
During the flight, there was a live satellite feed of data which was monitored by a team of experts on the ground, Airbus said.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/business/4488361.stm   (591 words)

 New Scientist Breaking News - Private spacecraft performs crucial test flight   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
In the test flight, the smaller craft was detached from its mother ship 14,300 metres above the Mohave Desert, while travelling at 194 kilometres per hour.
According to a flight report, "an initial handling qualities evaluation was very positive and supported close correlation to the vehicle simulator".
The company's lightweight composite entrant was revealed on 18 April and the first test flight of both SS1 and White Knight was performed on 20 May. The latest test, carried out on Thursday and announced on Saturday, was the first solo flight for the craft that will actually carry the crew into space.
www.newscientist.com /article.ns?id=dn4043   (499 words)

 M400 Flight Test Plans   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Presently all test flights of the M400 Skycar employ a safety tether from above to protect the vehicle from catastrophic failure.
Certainly during these early tests there are a number of failure modes with an aircraft that has 24 microprocessors and 25,000 lines of machine language software code.
This lake is part of the Milk Farm development (see www.milkfarm.net), a commercial 60-acre development underway near the city of Dixon in California on Interstate 80.
www.moller.com /test   (175 words)

 Edwards Air Force Base Test Flight Facility
Edwards AFB is the home of the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC), where the US Air Force and a number of other US Government agencies test, develop, and evaluate aircraft in the US inventory.
The latest top-secret aerospace project supposedly undergoing test flights at Edwards AFB is the Aurora hypersonic spyplane.
An employee at the Tonopah Test Range said "There is so much coming and going out of there that no one notices." This implies that the plane looks and sounds similar to an ordinary aircraft on takeoff and landing.
www.abovetopsecret.com /pages/edwards.html   (751 words)

 USATODAY.com - In-flight cell phones 'worked great' in test   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
In-flight cell service could be introduced within two years and become commonplace within four, developers believe.
On last week's test flight, callers reported about a 1-second delay — what TV news watchers witness when an anchorman in New York talks via satellite with a reporter in Afghanistan.
Ultimately, Garton says, the success of in-flight cell phones will depend on whether airlines and their telecommunications partners each can come up with a way to make money from the venture.
www.usatoday.com /money/biztravel/2004-07-19-aircells_x.htm   (1130 words)

 SEFTBO - The Society of Experimental Flight Test Boom Operators
The Society of Experimental Flight Test Boom Operators is a professional organization, which explores and advances the cause of aerial refueling through research of advanced concepts, innovation, and experimental flight test.
This is the emblem of the flight test boom operator.
This is the emblem of the Society of Experimental Flight Test Boom Operators.
www.seftbo.org   (265 words)

 NOVA | Battle of the X-Planes | Meet a Test Pilot | PBS
He says, "We work real hard to make test flights as boring as possible." The daring part of it—anyone that wants to be a test pilot just takes that for granted.
It's something that is taught at test pilot school, and it becomes second nature for folks who are good test pilots.
We work very closely with the flight test engineers in developing test plans and how we're going to carry out those test plans in the air and then in reporting what was done in the air.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/nova/xplanes/pilot.html   (2420 words)

 Japanese Supersonic Test Flight a Success   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Japan's space agency on Monday completed the first successful test of a prototype jet that can fly at twice the speed of sound, three years after an earlier test ended in a fiery wreck in the Australian Outback, an official said.
Saito said the prototype 38-foot-long, arrow-shaped craft, developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., was launched on a rocket and reached a flying altitude of 11 miles before floating back to Earth by parachute.
The test follows a three-year hiatus after the first experimental flight of the unmanned aircraft separated prematurely from its booster rocket and crashed into the desert.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2005/10/10/international/i014904D96.DTL&type=printable   (304 words)

 TSA, 2 Airlines To Test Secure Flight   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
TSA, which in late February completed its controversial comparison testing of static, historical passenger name record data from June 2004 and existing watch lists, now is analyzing the results of that trial and working toward getting the congressional green light to proceed in testing more comprehensive commercial data.
According to the 2005 Homeland Security Appropriations Act, Congress mandated that prior to testing the use of commercial data for Secure Flight, TSA develop measures to assess the impacts of using commercial data on aviation security and that GAO review those measures.
Operational Secure Flight testing, pending TSA's successful completion of commercial data concept testing, may be "a ways off," said Cathleen Berrick, GAO director of homeland security and justice issues, citing GAO's most recent report to Congress on Feb. 23.
www.btnmag.com /businesstravelnews/headlines/frontpage_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000846203   (1109 words)

 SPACE.com -- Making History: NASA's X-43A Scramjet Streaks Across Sky
The X-43A test shot is part of NASAs Hyper-X program, a research effort to try out propulsion technologies for high-speed flight within the atmosphere and into Earth orbit.
A normal separation of the test vehicle from the booster could clearly be seen.
However, those studying the failure underscored inaccuracies in computer and wind-tunnel tests to prove the X-43A/booster was flight worthy and ready for its maiden test.
www.space.com /missionlaunches/x43_launch_040327.html   (1055 words)

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