How to build a nuclear submarine

By Paul Parkinson

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BAE Barrow assembly building and Astute submarine in Devonshire dock Those of you who have read my earlier blogs ('Astute optronic mast case study', 'Astute Submarine') will be aware that I am fascinated by submarines.

So, I was really pleased to see that the BBC have produced a documentary 'How to Build a Nuclear Submarine', which was broadcast on BBC2 in the UK on Sunday evening, and followed the progress of the design and construction of one of the world's most complex and technologically advanced machines (see Royal Navy website for details).

In case you missed it, the programme will be shown again on BBC2 at 11.20pm on Tuesday, and the programme is also available for Internet download via BBC iPlayer until 18th July (If you want a quick preview, there's a short clip on the BBC News website).

If you watch the end credits closely, you'll see real sensor imagery from Astute's VxWorks-powered optronic mast at a classified location (with dolphins)…