A joint team from the French aerospace research center ONERA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) performed the ground vibration testing (GVT) of the new Airbus Beluga XL large transport aircraft.
The mission of the new Beluga XL from Airbus is to cope with their production ramp-up and flytransport more volume. However, before it enters service, much test and certification work has to be done. Together with Airbus, ONERA and DLR have investigated the structural behaviour of the impressive new Airbus transport aircraft in a programme of static ground vibration testing (GVT) that ran for 8 testing days up to 6th June. The test provides Airbus with valuable information regarding the behaviour of their aircraft before the first flight takes place – an important step in the certification of a new giant. The joint ONERA and DLR team performed the tests very quickly, with high reliability, and efficiently, while providing processed data in near real time.