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TOPIC: Aberporth

Aberporth 30 Aug 2012 11:00 #1

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Picked up from one of the faceache groups via Brian Clarke;
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"£17m has been spent turning an old military base at Aberporth in west Wales into Europe's first centre for flying and testing civilian drone aircraft."

"Aberporth in west Wales is home to the largest drone test site in Europe."
The postage stamp size photo provided shows some likely old features retained in its modern role.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19397816

Seems likely ABERPORTH AIRFIELD, BLAENANERCH:

"The original airfield consisted of two grass runways and was opened in December 1940 as co-operative venture to train the staff of the gunnery ranges around Cardigan Bay. The personnel accommodation was in Nissen or Maycrete huts. The later airfield covered approximately 120 acres and consisted of a single runway 914m (3000ft) in length and 23m (75ft ) wide (08/26) built during the war, and two grass strips (04/22 and 15/33). The asphalt runways were linked by taxiways to two T type hangars and associated workshops which were built in 1939. The airfield was defended by 14 pillbox emplacements, many of which are still extant."
http://www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/270846/details/ABERPORTH+AIRFIELD,+BLAENANERCH/

Another photo from Drone Wars UK, looks like the same place to my failing eyes:

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Aberporth 15 Sep 2012 21:14 #2

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Lovely airport. flown into there a few times

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Aberporth 21 Nov 2012 19:36 #3

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An article that appeared in the Economist recently. Sent to me by Ron Blake

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Aberporth 09 Apr 2014 19:47 #4

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West Wales airport took over UAV operations from Llanbedr when they closed in 2004, has been awarded a 2.5 million defence contract by the MOD,

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-26928180

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Llanbedr History not to be forgotten!!!!!!!

Aberporth 10 Apr 2014 06:59 #5

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This bit sounds interesting,
"In September 2013 the airport went into partnership with Newquay Cornwall airport to create the National Aeronautical Centre (NAC) to deliver large scale specialised services in segregated airspace to both the military and civilian sector."

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Aberporth 10 Apr 2014 12:18 #6

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Here's the link to the National Aeronautical Centre.

http://www.nationalaeronauticalcentre.co.uk/

It looks like St.Mawgan will be used for UAS flights as well.

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Aberporth 11 Apr 2014 11:26 #7

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Thanks for link PJH

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Aberporth 10 Dec 2014 20:02 #8

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Interesting video from Qinetiq regarding the range,

http://youtu.be/1ILmGLDkGmQ

Regards Ian

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Llanbedr History not to be forgotten!!!!!!!

Aberporth 11 Dec 2014 08:14 #9

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Easy to watch with scenes edited to give enough just video to explain the test even without sound (no sound for me!) Looked from the impact to be a practice missile (no warhead).

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Aberporth 18 Sep 2015 22:11 #10

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In 1966 I was working in the microwave lab at Filton. The Skylark upper atmosphere sounding rocket payloads were integrated there. They consisted of a stack of interlocking cylinders with blade telemetry antennae in each section arranged depending on the experiments being carried out by various universities. As the Skylark was not stabilised (that was later) it was important to understand the polar diagrams of these novel arrangements. We were granted access to an Aberporth turntable consisting of a pair of wooden towers. We had a mock-up rocket motor but the payload was real and powered up.
It looked a little unusual as the rocket was placed horizontally across the towers rather 'threatening' the local village. Theory said the towers were not high enough but the customers seemed happy with my report (the very first one that I had written since my graduation).

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Thats me at the bottom of the towers. You can see the blade antennae and the power lead needed to power up the experiments
While I was there the RAF were preparing for a Bloodhound launch. I understood it was the RAF's first Bloodhound Mk2 launch. It was a beautiful day with a clear blue sky and excellent visibility over the Irish Sea. It was one of the most impressive sights I have ever seen. I rather expected the solid fuel boosters to fall towards the sea when they were ejected but the missile was going so fast they continued to tumble upwards for quite a time. The missile was well out of sight in a very short time.
I will write a little more about the Bloodhound Radomes in the Bloodhound thread

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