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AEDC wind tunnel modernization benefits from ‘in-house’ fabrication capabilitiesAEDC wind tunnel modernization benefits from ‘in-house’ fabrication capabilities
AEDC wind tunnel modernization benefits from ‘in-house’ fabrication capabilities

Dennis O’Dear (left) and Keith Gipson (bottom, right), both ATA outside machinists, install newly designed and fabricated flexible nozzle actuators in the Propulsion Wind Tunnel four-foot transonic wind tunnel (4T) at AEDC. The actuators are electromechanically driven ball-screw jacks which move the flexible top and bottom plates in the 4T tunnel closer together providing variable Mach numbers or wind speeds during a test. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 6/4/2015

AEDC wind tunnel modernization benefits from ‘in-house’ fabrication capabilitiesAEDC wind tunnel modernization benefits from ‘in-house’ fabrication capabilities
AEDC wind tunnel modernization benefits from ‘in-house’ fabrication capabilities

The new pitch boom mechanism for the Propulsion Wind Tunnel four-foot transonic wind tunnel (4T) Captive Trajectory Support (CTS) system is shown here after fabrication and assembly by the AEDC Model Shop. The mechanism controls the pitch, yaw and roll movement of a bomb or missile when it separates from the aircraft during a flight simulation test at altitude conditions. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 6/4/2015

AEDC wind tunnel modernization benefits from ‘in-house’ fabrication capabilitiesAEDC wind tunnel modernization benefits from ‘in-house’ fabrication capabilities
AEDC wind tunnel modernization benefits from ‘in-house’ fabrication capabilities

Tom Hartvigsen (left), a test system designer with the ATA Technology and Engineering Analysis Branch, and Derrick Burton, a Model Shop machinist with the ATA Test Support Branch, assemble parts that were fabricated by the shop for the new pitch boom mechanism for the Propulsion Wind Tunnel four-foot transonic wind tunnel (4T) Captive Trajectory Support (CTS) System. The pitch boom mechanism controls the pitch, yaw and roll movement of a bomb or missile when it separates from the aircraft during a flight simulation test at altitude conditions. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 6/4/2015

Congressman DesJarlais views AEDC progressCongressman DesJarlais views AEDC progress
Congressman DesJarlais views AEDC progress

Congressman Scott DesJarlais (second from left) tours the Propulsion Wind Tunnel 16-foot Supersonic Tunnel at AEDC during a visit on April 8. The wind tunnel test aerodynamic flows for flight systems and has a capability of achieving Mach speeds up to 4.75 or approximately 3,000 mph. DesJarlais also visited the von Karman Gas Dynamics Facility, the Arc Heater Facility and the Space Threat Assessment Testbed to see facility capabilities and upgrades. Pictured with DesJarlais, left to right, is AEDC Propulsion Wind Tunnel Test Branch Technical Director Wayne Hawkins, DesJarlais’ staff member Isaiah Robinson and AEDC Commander Col. Raymond Toth. (Photo by Jacqueline Cowan)
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Posted: 4/27/2015

Orion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facilityOrion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facility
Orion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facility

AEDC engineers were part of a test team that performed wind tunnel testing on the parachutes for NASA Orion spacecraft in January. The test team also consisted of NASA, Airborne Systems, Jacobs Engineering and NFAC personnel. Pictured here is a parachute being tested in a NFAC wind tunnel. (AEDC photos)
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Posted: 3/24/2015

Orion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facilityOrion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facility
Orion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facility

AEDC engineers were part of a test team that performed wind tunnel testing on the parachutes for NASA Orion spacecraft in January. The test team also consisted of NASA, Airborne Systems, Jacobs Engineering and NFAC personnel. Pictured here is a parachute being tested in a NFAC wind tunnel. (AEDC photos)
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Posted: 3/24/2015

Orion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facilityOrion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facility
Orion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facility

On Feb. 2 in Eloy, Ariz., engineers performed air drop testing on sub-scale parachutes for the NASA Orion spacecraft. The test is meant to determine which parachute configuration will ensure the Orion lands safely after missions. (Photo credit: NASA)
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Posted: 3/24/2015

16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests
16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests

Aaron Blaser and Christian Morris, outside machinists, assist in the reactivation of the 16T Pitch Boom. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 11/21/2014

16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests
16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests

The Pitch Boom at the AEDC 16-foot transonic wind tunnel (16T) was recently reactivated. This model support system is used in conjunction with a roll mechanism to provide a combined pitch and roll movement. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 11/21/2014

Dynamic pressure sensitive paint showcased at Arnold Air Force BaseDynamic pressure sensitive paint showcased at Arnold Air Force Base
Dynamic pressure sensitive paint showcased at Arnold Air Force Base

The dynamic PSP was used on the Lockheed Martin V7 model, a 1980s Advanced Tactical Fighter concept, to measure the acoustic pressure levels in the bay. This photo shows the illumination of the model by the purple LEDs.
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Posted: 11/5/2014

Dynamic pressure sensitive paint showcased at Arnold Air Force BaseDynamic pressure sensitive paint showcased at Arnold Air Force Base
Dynamic pressure sensitive paint showcased at Arnold Air Force Base

The model glows bright red as a result of the fluorescent light emitted by the PSP.
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Posted: 11/5/2014

AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technologyAEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology
AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology

The first image shows the global heating data acquired on the windward surface of the vehicle during a continuous pitch sweep with both inlets started. In the second image the color changes represent the global heating data acquired on the windward surface of the vehicle during a continuous pitch sweep with the starboard inlet unstarted.
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Posted: 8/25/2014

    

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