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The Gantry: A Short History

The Gantry: A Short History

  • 13 Mar 2023 01:44 PM
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This is sidebar of the main article - Melding Old and New Technology: Impact Testing for Crash Safety

The LandIR became operational in 1965 as the Lunar Landing Research Facility (LLRF). Construction had begun in 1963 to model lunar gravity to allow Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and other astronauts selected for Apollo missions to train for the final 150 ft (45 m) before landing on the moon.

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Melding Old and New Technology: Impact Testing for Crash Safety

Melding Old and New Technology: Impact Testing for Crash Safety

  • 13 Mar 2023 12:07 PM
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While NASA ponders the fate of the Gantry, tests continue with this unique historic structure.

The NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, has a noteworthy dilemma: to keep and refurbish the Landing and Impact Research (LandIR) facility — typically just called the Gantry — or dismantle the structure that has served as a valuable aircraft and spacecraft testing facility since it was constructed for the Apollo program in the 1960s.

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eVTOL at the 10-Year Mark

eVTOL at the 10-Year Mark

  • 02 Mar 2023 11:10 AM
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The 10th Annual VFS Electric VTOL Symposium brought together more than 500 attendees to assess the current state of the industry.

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A Taxonomy of VTOL Aircraft Configuration Types — Part 3: Reinventing the Wheel

A Taxonomy of VTOL Aircraft Configuration Types — Part 3: Reinventing the Wheel

  • 24 Feb 2023 09:57 PM
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This series addresses terminology that is misleading or erroneous, and proffers definitions to be used as canonical.

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Commentary: Lilienthal Was Wrong

Commentary: Lilienthal Was Wrong

  • 22 Feb 2023 04:27 PM
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It's often attributed to German aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal to have said, “Designing a flying machine is nothing; Building it is something; Testing it is everything."

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Alauda Marks eVTOL Racing Milestones

Alauda Marks eVTOL Racing Milestones

  • 02 Feb 2023 08:31 AM
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Alauda Aeronautics, the company behind the Airspeeder electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) racing aircraft, announced on Dec. 1 that it has achieved a new milestone in the development of eVTOL racing.

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Honeywell: Multi-Faceted eVTOL Provider

Honeywell: Multi-Faceted eVTOL Provider

  • 01 Feb 2023 06:44 AM
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Honeywell — a designer and supplier of advanced technologies, avionics, turbine engines, electric motors, navigation and other products — acquired numerous legacy companies to strengthen its position in the global aerospace business.

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VFS Makes an Impact at AIRTEC

VFS Makes an Impact at AIRTEC

  • 18 Jan 2023 06:27 AM
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The Vertical Flight Society hosted four sessions on “Future Air Mobility” at the AIRTEC trade fair in Munich, Germany, which was held Oct. 26–28.

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Archer’s Midnight Showing

Archer’s Midnight Showing

  • 11 Jan 2023 10:08 AM
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First-tier supplier Honeywell Aerospace plans to be a leading supplier to the advanced air mobility (AAM) sector.

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Coming to Terms: Taxonomy of VTOL Aircraft Configuration Types — Part 2

Coming to Terms: Taxonomy of VTOL Aircraft Configuration Types — Part 2

  • 11 Jan 2023 09:06 AM
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This series addresses terminology that are misleading or erroneous, and proffers definitions to be used as canonical. Here the basic terms of propulsion architectures are discussed.

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