Simulated ice used to test flight capability of Global Hawk in icy conditions


FINALLY, ICE CAN BE A BIG
CONCERN FOR AIRCRAFT–SUCH AS THE GLOBAL HAWK
REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLE–BY ADDING WEIGHT
AND AERODYNAMIC DRAG THAT’S WHY GLOBAL
VIGILANCE COMBINED TEST FORCE MEMBERS AT
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA, ARE TESTING
THE AIRCRAFT UNDER THESE CONDITIONS. BUT NOT BY
ADDING REAL ICE–BY USING 3-D PRINTED NYLON
ATTACHMENTS TO MIMIC ICE THAT WOULD FORM DURING
THE AIRCRAFT’S ASCENT AND DESCENT. RESEARCHERS MADE
THE SIMULATED ICE THROUGH A PROCESS CALLED SELECTIVE
LASER SINTERING, OR S-L-S. THIS TECHNOLOGY IS
ACTUALLY SAVING TIME AND MONEY SINCE THE
RESEARCHERS DON’T HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE RIGHT WEATHER
CONDITIONS. FOR MORE ON THESE AND OTHER STORIES
CHECK OUT AF.MIL AND THAT’S YOUR LOOK
AROUND THE AIR FORCE.

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