AEDC awards contract to Georgia firm for a crane

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The U.S. Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) has awarded a contract worth $107,962 to Gajjar Engineering Systems, Inc., of Marietta, Ga., to analyze an existing crane and supporting structures and fabricate and install a new 10-ton capacity overhead traveling crane at the center's model shop.

"The 20-04 Crane in the model shop is a Shaw 1948-1952 Vintage crane," explained Karen Buckner, a contract specialist with the Air Force contracting office at Arnold.

"This crane is being replaced to maintain safe operations and to efficiently accomplish the mission."

AEDC is the world's most diverse complex of aerospace test facilities. Since it opened in 1951, its engineers, technicians, craftsmen and support personnel have been involved in the development of nearly all U.S. military and NASA high-performance jets, missiles and space systems.

The center's propulsion test cells, aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, space chambers and ballistic missile ranges can simulate virtually every aspect of flight from ground level to deep space. Ground testing reduces risks and saves lives, equipment and money in operational testing. For more information on AEDC, visit the Web site at