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AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility going strong after 20 yearsAEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility going strong after 20 years
AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility going strong after 20 years

ATK’s CASTOR®30 was ground tested at AEDC in a specialized vacuum chamber that simulates the altitude at which the upper stage motor will operate. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 7/30/2013

AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility going strong after 20 yearsAEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility going strong after 20 years
AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility going strong after 20 years

The Peacekeeper Stage II ICBM rocket motor is prepared for the first validation motor firing in the J-6 rocket test cell in 1994. (AEDC photo)
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Posted: 7/30/2013

AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility going strong after 20 yearsAEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility going strong after 20 years
AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility going strong after 20 years

AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility J-6. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 7/30/2013

Large rocket test facility’s altitude capability benefits from new control system Large rocket test facility’s altitude capability benefits from new control system
Large rocket test facility’s altitude capability benefits from new control system

An AEDC systems installation crew positions the new remote Input/Output (I/O) control system cabinet for the complex’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility (J-6) that will control liquid nitrogen and gaseous nitrogen during testing. (AEDC Photo)
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Posted: 7/16/2013

Large rocket test facility’s altitude capability benefits from new control system Large rocket test facility’s altitude capability benefits from new control system
Large rocket test facility’s altitude capability benefits from new control system

Before & After: Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s (AEDC) Large Rocket Motor Test Facility (J-6) control room (bottom, after) is equipped with state-of-the-art software and hardware for its new Facility Control System. The system offers improved interfaces for the customer and operator. (AEDC Photos)
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Posted: 7/16/2013

Large rocket test facility’s altitude capability benefits from new control system Large rocket test facility’s altitude capability benefits from new control system
Large rocket test facility’s altitude capability benefits from new control system

Before & After: Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s (AEDC) Large Rocket Motor Test Facility (J-6) control room (bottom, after) is equipped with state-of-the-art software and hardware for its new Facility Control System. The system offers improved interfaces for the customer and operator. (AEDC Photos)
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Posted: 7/16/2013

AEDC team supports testing of CASTOR® 30XL rocket motor ahead of Antares flight testingAEDC team supports testing of CASTOR® 30XL rocket motor ahead of Antares flight testing
AEDC team supports testing of CASTOR® 30XL rocket motor ahead of Antares flight testing

An Alliant Techsystems, Inc.'s (ATK) CASTOR® 30XL developmental rocket motor recently underwent testing in AEDC’s J-6 Large Rocket Motor Testing Facility. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 4/11/2013

AEDC team supports testing of CASTOR® 30XL rocket motor ahead of Antares flight testingAEDC team supports testing of CASTOR® 30XL rocket motor ahead of Antares flight testing
AEDC team supports testing of CASTOR® 30XL rocket motor ahead of Antares flight testing

From left, AEDC’s Mike Mills, an outside machinist, David Amonette, a boilermaker, and Barry Long, an electrician, position the ATK CASTOR® 30XL rocket motor into place for simulated altitude static testing at AEDC’s J-6 Large Rocket Motor Testing facility. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
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Posted: 4/11/2013

AEDC prepares for an acceptance test in the Space Threat Assessment Testbed facilityAEDC prepares for an acceptance test in the Space Threat Assessment Testbed facility
AEDC prepares for an acceptance test in the Space Threat Assessment Testbed facility

Second Lt. Akshay Tripathi (left), in the AEDC Space and Missile Test division, installs a microsatellite in AEDC’s new Space Threat Assessment Testbed to conduct an initial site acceptance (ISA) test as Marc Smotherman, an ATA space chamber lead, observes. The initial site acceptance test is the equivalent to the halfway point of mission capability. The STAT can simulate a realistic operational environment to space hardware, using multiple source simulators to emulate the conditions existing at various space orbits. The STAT facility will reach Initial Operating Capability in April, followed by Full Operational Capability certification by September 2013. The facility will be operated under the Space Combined Test Force (CTF). (Photo by Jacqueline Cowan)
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Posted: 4/8/2013

AEDC prepares for an acceptance test in the Space Threat Assessment Testbed facilityAEDC prepares for an acceptance test in the Space Threat Assessment Testbed facility
AEDC prepares for an acceptance test in the Space Threat Assessment Testbed facility

Capt. Nicolas Bauer (right) and 2nd Lt. Akshay Tripathi, in the AEDC Space and Missile Test division, install a microsatellite in AEDC’s new Space Threat Assessment Testbed to conduct an initial site acceptance (ISA) test. The initial site acceptance test is the equivalent to the halfway point of mission capability. The STAT can simulate a realistic operational environment to space hardware, using multiple source simulators to emulate the conditions existing at various space orbits. The STAT facility will reach Initial Operating Capability in April, followed by Full Operational Capability certification by September 2013. The facility will be operated under the Space Combined Test Force (CTF). (Photo by Jacqueline Cowan)
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Posted: 4/8/2013

AEDC Space Chamber team prepares for an ISA test in the Space Threat Assessment Testbed facilityAEDC Space Chamber team prepares for an ISA test in the Space Threat Assessment Testbed facility
AEDC Space Chamber team prepares for an ISA test in the Space Threat Assessment Testbed facility

Second Lt. Akshay Tripathi (Left) and Capt. Nicholas Bauer, in the AEDC Space and Missile Test division, install a microsatellite in AEDC's new Space Threat Assessment Testbed to conduct an initial site acceptance test. The initial site acceptance test is the equivalent to the halfway point of mission capability. The STAT can simulate a realistic operational environment to space hardware, using multiple source simulators to emulate the conditions existing at various space orbits. The STAT facility will reach Initial Operating Capability in April, followed by Full Operational Capability certification by September 2013. The facility will be operated under the Space Combined Test Force (CTF). (Photo by Jacqueline Cowan)
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Posted: 4/8/2013

United Launch Alliance to test Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle in AEDC’s 16 foot transonic wind tunnelUnited Launch Alliance to test Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle in AEDC’s 16 foot transonic wind tunnel
United Launch Alliance to test Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle in AEDC’s 16 foot transonic wind tunnel

Artist’s rendering of Orion during Exploration Flight Test-1, the first spaceflight of America’s next generation spacecraft. A scale model of this configuration of the Orion underwent buffet/acoustic testing in AEDC’s 16-foot transonic wind tunnel in support of an upcoming flight test in 2014. (Graphic courtesy of NASA)
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Posted: 4/5/2013

    

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