The Centrifuge at Farnborough
The Farnborough centrifuge, operated by QinetiQ, is unique in the UK and one of only 20 in the world. It is of special interest for its historical and technological significance in the development of the UK’s aviation industry, its defence, medical and space research. Built in the early 1950s by the Royal Aircraft Establishment, the centrifuge has been used to recreate and understand the extreme G-forces experienced by fighter jet pilots and astronauts in order to train personnel and also to understand and identify countermeasures to the impacts of G on the human body. It is capable of 30 revolutions per minute (equivalent to 9G) for manned experiments and 55 revolutions per minute (30G) for equipment testing.
QinetiQ has a strategic agreement with Försvarets materielverk (FMV) the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, to operate and maintain a combined human centrifuge and flight simulator at the world class national Flight Physiological Centre located at Malmen, Sweden.