Concorde Autostabiliser Switch Unit (space model)

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0112
Category: Flight Control
Object Type: Model
Object Name: Concorde Autostabiliser Switch Unit (space model)
Part No: 29-009-01
Serial No: Space Model
Manufacturer: Elliott/Bendix/SFENA Consortium Design
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): Concorde 
Year of Manufacture: circa 1965
Dimensions:
Width (mm):
95 
Height (mm):
47 
Depth (mm):
172 
Weight (g):
1,231 
Location: Archive Object Store
Inscription(s):

Elliott Bendix SFENA
Consortium Design
Auto Stab Switch Unit
Type 29-009-01
Ser. No. Space Model
Code A90 266 241 00 Mod State 'A'

Notes:

Marconi Collection Ref: 2028

Early in 1963 joint proposals were made, together with Bendix, for a flight control system for a proposed supersonic civil transport. This was the forerunner of what became the 'Concorde'. When Anglo-French agreement was reached for joint development of the 'Concorde', a formal agreement was made and Elliotts led a consortium with SFENA and Bendix. The Automatic Flight Control System included five systems, Automatic Pilot, Flight Director and Take-Off Director Computers, Automatic Throttle, Pitch axis Trim and Three Axis Auto Stabilisation.
This overhead switch unit is from the pre-production Automatic Flight Control System Engage Switch Panel which used five similar modules for Auto Stabiliser Engage, Electric Trim Engage and Artificial Feel Engage. The switches are engaged before take-off, are solenoid held and except in the event of failure require no further pilot action until after landing.

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