Feeds

Pre-teen in airport safety breakthrough

Good gadgeting, son

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

A twelve-year old boy has come up with a gadget that could prevent a re-run of the Concorde crash, by detecting debris on the runway and alerting pilots before they line-up to land. According to the BBC, the British Airport Authority (BAA) is keen to develop the idea.

Daryn Murray from East Kilbride says he was inspired by the Concorde crash in Paris in 2000, where the supersonic plane is thought to have driven over a piece of metal on the runway. The plane subsequently caught fire and crashed, killing 113 people.

His gadget is a remote controlled device with a camera attached. The device would roll along a track, alongside the runway. Murray explains that the device can spot debris "as small as a nut" and warn the pilot that it is not safe to land.

BAA Scotland's engineering director Colin Crichton said that the device could add to the runway inspections process. He told The BBC "Daryn's idea could offer an additional safety measure, and we're keen to speak to him about how he can develop his idea. We'll be inviting him to Glasgow Airport to go behind the scenes and meet the team who safeguard the runway."

David Aitken, Murray's teacher and head of craft, design and technology at Duncanrig Secondary, said that he expected to be in touch with BAA in the future.

Murray developed his gadget as part of the Young Engineers for Britain contest. He wants to be a mechanical engineer when he grows up. ®

Related stories

So, you want to be a computer scientist...
BETT hosts finals of F1 in Schools design challenge
MS launches third annual Imagine Cup

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around
Surprises at the nano-scale mean our ideas about how they charge could be all wrong
Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS
Weighed several adult elephants, contend boffins
Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen
No word yet on whether backup site is labelled 'K'
India's MOM Mars mission makes final course correction
Mangalyaan probe will feel the burn of orbital insertion on September 24th
Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS
Pixhawk avionics juice issue sorted, onwards to Spaceport America
City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub
Boozed-up ancients drank beer before tearing corpses apart
'Duck face' selfie in SPAAAACE: Rosetta's snap with bird comet
Probe prepares to make first landing on fast-moving rock
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.