With the penultimate Red Bull Air Race fast-approaching, we wanted to share our most recent video with you, which showcases how Physical Digital® have been working with The Blades Racing Team and Lead Pilot Ben Murphy this year.
This is the second year The Blades have entered the Red Bull Air Race World Championship and they are always looking at the latest innovative technologies that can assist them in analysing the performance of the aircraft. Prior to the start of the 2018 World Championships, the team wanted to capture the existing form of the aircraft and look at how best to optimise the design to help the plane be more efficient.
Utilising our mobile bureau services, our team visited The Blades at their headquarters at Sywell Aerodrome earlier in the year. Offering the UK’s highest resolution optical measurement systems, our excellent application team used a combination of the GOM ATOS 5 full-field sensor and Photogrammetry to pick up the free-form surfaces of the plane. The Blades Racing team plan to complete analysis using CAE and CFD with the model provided to consider any potential design amendments that will help improve the performance of the plane. As the 2018 Red Bull Air Race draws to a close in November, we will continue to work with The Blades Racing Team and support them with their ongoing measurement and analysis, as they prepare for next year’s World Championship. The Blades strive for excellence and precision. Accuracy is vital to their performance and our team can deliver this for them, with 3D structured light measurement that is fully traceable.
We are very proud of our partnership with this hardworking team and are excited to share this video with you.
The next Red Bull Air Race is taking place on the 6th and 7th October 2018 in Indianapolis, USA.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish Ben Murphy and The Blades Racing Team the best of luck for this weekend!