So, apologies that it’s been a while since I’ve been with you, but sometimes we research scientists have to lock ourselves away in the vaults of Minas Tirith to study ancient scrolls (OK, do some research!). This time, however, as I emerged blinking into the sunlight, I noticed that more time had passed than usual. So much so, in fact, that Spring is now here and it’s thus the time of year when a not-so-young flight dynamicist’s thoughts should turn to designing new darts for the winter catalogue.
Of course, as I try to explain to the Big Boss, the problem with designing scientifically optimised darts is that it’s hard to come up with improvements based on theory alone. (full blog post...)