Ballistic & Mechanical Test Lab Open House
Last week we had the opportunity to co-host an Open House for UNB’s Ballistic and Mechanical Test Lab. We had over 50 people attend from the university, industry, military and community, where we were able to take folks on a tour of the facility, conduct some high-speed video demonstrations and finally, shoot a rubber chicken (sorry – no real chicken!) out of our Foreign Object Damage (FOD) gun, which is one of the largest in the world.
Aeroballistic Range Association Annual Meeting – Bath, UK
Last week I attended the Aeroballistic Range Association (ARA) 69th annual meeting in Bath, England to represent the partnership between Mach85 and University of New Brunswick’s Ballistic and Mechanical Test Lab. This was my second time attending an ARA meeting, the first time in France, and these meetings have allowed me to meet and maintain contact with numerous organizations and individuals who conduct aeroballistic research and project execution around the world.
European Space Agency Industry Days and inside the control room for the International Space Station
Across the Pond at the Farnborough International Airshow
July 25, 2018
This past week we were fortunate enough to attend the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, England. It was my first time at the show, and let me just say, it did not disappoint. For those of you who haven’t been, it’s almost impossible to understand the magnitude of what can be found there. There were more than 1500 exhibitors from over 50 countries, 82 of the top 100 aerospace companies were in attendance, and this year’s show saw $192 BILLION in trade deals confirmed at the show. That’s billion. With a b.
We went as part of the ACADA contingent, setting up our booth in the Canadian Pavilion. It was a lot of fun getting to know my fellow Canadian companies a bit better, and also exciting to be able to sit down one-on-one with some of the largest aerospace companies in the world. Combine that with test flights from some of the most impressive airplanes in the world – there was no shortage of excitement.
Now that I’m back in Canada, the work continues. Meeting and connecting with so many people is exciting and inspiring, but it’s when you return to your day-to-day that these relationships matter. Continuing to learn more about not only our own craft, but what others are doing as well, helps us all to gain a better perspective of where the aerospace industry is going and how we fit into that. I returned from England more sure than ever at Mach85’s place in this world. There is no doubt in my mind that we offer something special to our clients and that the need and demand for our services will only increase as we’re able to spread our message to more people both locally and abroad.
Until next time, Farnborough. See you in 2020!
Shaun Kennedy – President & CEO