YouTube scientist passes out mid-experiment as he explains how G-force works to camera in Farnborough

September 14, 2018
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A Youtube scientist was captured passing out mid-experiment as he explained the effects of G-force to the camera.

During the video, filmed in Farnborough, Tom Scott attempts to relay information to his audience from inside a moving military centrifuge.

The centrifuge is designed to replicate the gravitational effects a pilot feels while flying a fighter jet and Tom doesn’t last long before he completely loses consciousness.

The Youtuber begins to gasp for air while he is spun, his head droops as he blacks out and his body begins to convulse before he comes back around and shouts “Blimey!”

Tom Scott passed out at 3.6Gs
(Image: Digital Voices)

Thankfully, the only thing injured during the ordeal was Tom’s pride and after he regained consciousness, he was told that he was not going to make it as a fighter pilot.

The centrifuge has been in Farnborough since 1955 and although it was originally installed for research it is now used mainly for training purposes.

Now run by Qinetiq, the 60 foot diameter metal arm recreates the forces of gravity that are felt by pilots while flying a fighter jet.

For routine Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot training, the first time a pilot goes on the centrifuge, they are expected to withstand up to 5Gs (1g = the force felt of gravity on the earth’s surface).

Tom Scott has over 1.3million followers on his Youtube channel
(Image: Digital Voices)

With a specialised anti-g suit pilots are expected to withstand 7gs with the maximum allowed being 9Gs.

Tom achieved 3.6Gs.

He said: “At 2g it just feels like the strongest acceleration you’re likely to feel in a sports car. I was able to get my script out and read it.

“When we went up above 3gs, that is when I realised that maybe I am not cut out for this.

“I took four breaths and then the lights went out.”

“I don’t actually remember it because I passed out way earlier than it looked on the video, maybe at the first breath.

“Coming back around I went into what is known as myoclonic convulsions, which is basically a minor epileptic fit.

Tom Scott straps in before the experiment begins
(Image: Digital Voices)

“I sat there thinking everything was fine wondered why things went a bit wobbly and then the medical officer told me that if I had been undertaking fighter pilot training, I wouldn’t be doing so well.

“I know I am not astronaut material but to get an F on the test is still brutal!”

Tom, who was more than 1.3million followers on Youtube, was taking part in the experiment as part of the STARRSHIP project which aims inspire young innovators.

The RAF has partnered up with Rolls Royce and six months ago, launched a social media channel to try and reach out to younger scientists.

As part of the project, weekly videos are posted to the page, which you can find here.

Air Vice-Marshal Sue Grey, head of the RAF’s Engineer branch, said: “Together with our nationwide set of youth and education initiatives, this innovative project is a great opportunity to inspire young people to consider science and technology as a career.

As we mark RAF100 and reflect on the achievements of the Service, our history has shown us that from early aviation to space, scientists and engineers will always be first to the future”.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/hampshire-news/youtube-scientist-passes-out-mid-15144124


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YouTube scientist passes out mid-experiment as he explains how G-force works to camera in Farnborough

September 14, 2018
By

A Youtube scientist was captured passing out mid-experiment as he explained the effects of G-force to the camera.

During the video, filmed in Farnborough, Tom Scott attempts to relay information to his audience from inside a moving military centrifuge.

The centrifuge is designed to replicate the gravitational effects a pilot feels while flying a fighter jet and Tom doesn’t last long before he completely loses consciousness.

The Youtuber begins to gasp for air while he is spun, his head droops as he blacks out and his body begins to convulse before he comes back around and shouts “Blimey!”

Tom Scott passed out at 3.6Gs
(Image: Digital Voices)

Thankfully, the only thing injured during the ordeal was Tom’s pride and after he regained consciousness, he was told that he was not going to make it as a fighter pilot.

The centrifuge has been in Farnborough since 1955 and although it was originally installed for research it is now used mainly for training purposes.

Now run by Qinetiq, the 60 foot diameter metal arm recreates the forces of gravity that are felt by pilots while flying a fighter jet.

For routine Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot training, the first time a pilot goes on the centrifuge, they are expected to withstand up to 5Gs (1g = the force felt of gravity on the earth’s surface).

Tom Scott has over 1.3million followers on his Youtube channel
(Image: Digital Voices)

With a specialised anti-g suit pilots are expected to withstand 7gs with the maximum allowed being 9Gs.

Tom achieved 3.6Gs.

He said: “At 2g it just feels like the strongest acceleration you’re likely to feel in a sports car. I was able to get my script out and read it.

“When we went up above 3gs, that is when I realised that maybe I am not cut out for this.

“I took four breaths and then the lights went out.”

“I don’t actually remember it because I passed out way earlier than it looked on the video, maybe at the first breath.

“Coming back around I went into what is known as myoclonic convulsions, which is basically a minor epileptic fit.

Tom Scott straps in before the experiment begins
(Image: Digital Voices)

“I sat there thinking everything was fine wondered why things went a bit wobbly and then the medical officer told me that if I had been undertaking fighter pilot training, I wouldn’t be doing so well.

“I know I am not astronaut material but to get an F on the test is still brutal!”

Tom, who was more than 1.3million followers on Youtube, was taking part in the experiment as part of the STARRSHIP project which aims inspire young innovators.

The RAF has partnered up with Rolls Royce and six months ago, launched a social media channel to try and reach out to younger scientists.

As part of the project, weekly videos are posted to the page, which you can find here.

Air Vice-Marshal Sue Grey, head of the RAF’s Engineer branch, said: “Together with our nationwide set of youth and education initiatives, this innovative project is a great opportunity to inspire young people to consider science and technology as a career.

As we mark RAF100 and reflect on the achievements of the Service, our history has shown us that from early aviation to space, scientists and engineers will always be first to the future”.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/hampshire-news/youtube-scientist-passes-out-mid-15144124


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