The presentation will focus on QinetiQ’s continued approach to Test & Evaluation and the digital journey the industry is on to ensure safe, assured and innovative flight capability. QinetiQ is developing new digital systems and airborne test platforms which will accelerate the flight testing and evaluation of new and modified aircraft designs. Until recently, the only way to test a new or modified aircraft design to see how it would perform – before it was built to achieve regulatory approval – was to test models in a wind tunnel and to fly a prototype or experimental aircraft (specially built just for testing). With the development of new digital technology much of this T&E work can be done virtually or by using an airborne technology demonstrator (ATD). The ATD has been purpose built to simplify the route of getting technology under development into the airborne environment.
Malcolm Tier, Chief Engineer, Test & Evaluation Capability (TEC) IDT, QinetiQ