A key goal of the National Research Council of Canada's (NRC) Aerospace Research Centre is to advance scientific knowledge in order to stimulate innovation, enhance our capabilities and sustain our relevance as a knowledge generator. Not only do we share our knowledge outwardly with industry and academia, but we also do this inwardly – by providing the opportunity to grow and learn from each other by exchanging ideas among colleagues. One successful example of our approach is the Early Career Network (ECN), a collective of early career employees, visiting workers and students from the NRC's Aerospace Research Centre.
Military and civilian aircrew alike routinely fly long hours, often in an environment of relentless jolting and shaking that can cause fatigue and discomfort. The effects of this persistent vibration can not only jeopardize flight comfort and safety but can also cause long-term health issues such as chronic back and neck pain. Nowhere is this more apparent than for helicopter crew who are often weighed down by heavy gear and equipment.
For many years, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been used for security and defence, search and rescue and for the surveying and mapping of remote areas. As the demand for their application soars, so too will the need for increasingly complex control systems, navigation equipment and communication technologies to keep them in the air and on course.