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Thursday, 28 December 2017
Heathrow runway 3 or Boris Island? - Technical Colleges struggling?
Those of us who know Heathrow Airport and the surrounding (very pleasant) countryside of Surrey and Berkshire can confirm that even more air traffic associated with an additional runway, as is presently being considered by the government, is difficult to justify from an environmental or public safety standpoint. To make matters worse, after runway No. 3 there are plans for No. 4!...
Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Felix Baumgartner - Engineering Status
Throughout my education as an Engineer at University and more surprisingly in the RAF section of the Combined Cadet Force I was led to believe that the terminal velocity of the human body when falling in air was 120mph. It did not occur to our lecturers to qualify their statement by saying “within the first 30,000ft. of sea level”. Consequently it came as quite a shock to many of us when Felix Baumgartner recently exceeded speeds in free fall of between 700 and 800 mph, well in excess of the speed of sound at sea level...
Friday, 18 August 2017
Neil Armstrong-Olympic Targets
Those of us who were teenagers in the sixties will have special memories of witnessing the incredible feat of Engineering that enabled the landing on the Moon by NASA in August 1969. The Eagle lunar module piloted by Neil Armstrong landed in the region of the moon known as the Sea of Tranquility. For three hours Neil and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon before returning safely to Earth, thus fulfilling the prodigious ten year goal set out by President John F. Kennedy with just six months to spare...