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WATCH | Zimbabwe-born aerospace engineer builds futuristic Airbus plane

By Zimbabwe Voice Reporter

Daniel Atherstone, a young Zimbabwe-born and raised aerospace engineer at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands has successfully designed and tested a futuristic energy-efficient aircraft in a project supported by the airline companies KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Airbus.

Atherstone, who attended Lomagundi College in Chinhoyi from 1997 to 2009, is a key member of a team that has built the new-shape aeroplane called the Flying-V.

The Fyling-V is a highly energy-efficient long-distance aeroplane. As the name suggests, the plane will be V-shaped and passengers will be seated in the wings of the aircraft. Designers say that this will make it lighter and more aerodynamic.

Daniel then left Lomagundi College at the end of 2009 after his A’ Levels and scored 15 A-Level points in Technical Drawing, Maths and Physics.

In 2010, he enrolled for a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, and interned at Airbus Helicopters in Germany.

Daniel Atherstone

Daniel was specifically tasked with designing and building the detailed structure of the model in a well-funded project that has an 18-member strong team.

And Daniel is not alone in the project, as the SADC is well-represented in the 18-member team: the project manager for the building of this 1:20 model is Malcom Brown – a young engineer who was born and raised in South Africa.

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