Attention to detail

Madhav Rao, an Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA) systems engineer at AEDC’s Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9, inspects one of the holes for ablators that fit into a flow restrictor assembly, which controls flow conditions in the test cell. Ablators, in this case, are materials that lose material from their surface by vaporization and friction during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere. Rao is measuring the holes as part of a redesign effort on the ablator retaining plate, which holds them in place when subjected to simulated reentry conditions during a test. ATA is the support contractor for Arnold. (Photo by Philip Lorenz III)

PHOTO BY: Philip Lorenz III
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