Upgrade of the Ballistic Range Facilities at AEDC: Now Completed.
ARNOLD ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT CENTER ARNOLD AFS TN
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This paper discusses the completion of the planned upgrading of the ballistic range facilities at AEDO. The AEDC Hypervelocity Testing Complex consists of 1. a large 3.3-in.-bore two-stage light-gas launcher providing soft launch of models into the existing 930-ft-long Range G, with track guidance and model recovery, operational since April 1994 2. a 2.5-in.-bore two-stage light-gas launcher with performance comparable to the former Range G, launching models into a dedicated Impact Range which has been operational since January 1993 and 3. a high-performance free-piston shock tunnel designed for stagnation pressures of 10,000 atm and stagnation temperatures of 10,0000 degrees K, operating at pressures up to 1,400 atm since April 1993.
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