The staff and leadership of the US Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development’s (AEDC) Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9, have opened the facility’s doors to members of the community and customers to celebrate the completion of a new test control room.
The newly renovated, state-of-the-art room will house the control and communication for what is the world’s highest pressure hypersonic wind tunnel.
AEDC staff took more than 100 guests attending the dedication ceremony on a tour of the wind tunnel facility. The guests also gathered for an informal reception to share experiences from Tunnel 9, recollect past successes and network across the hypersonics community.
Dan Marren, Tunnel 9 director, said a wide variety of program representatives typical of Tunnel 9’s customer base were among those attending the celebration. “We had folks from the US Navy, US Army, US Air Force, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and NASA who attended this event, as well as various private industry representatives and community leaders,” he said. “The reentry, missile defense and global strike community gathered to witness the return of one of the capabilities that has been critical to their development and were looking forward to new testing to come.”
He said the ceremony provided context for the event, and featured several speakers.
Marren opened the ceremony with reminders of the critical role the unique hypervelocity wind tunnel has played in several programs.
“Designed to solve challenges for a difficult strategic mission, Tunnel 9 has earned its place in a technically challenging landscape,” he said. “During my 25-plus years at this one-of-a-kind facility, I’ve seen how changes have been driven by challenging test requirements, such as those brought about through endo-atmospheric missile defense and space access.”
Marren shared his vision for Tunnel 9’s role in a new and changing paradigm for the utilization of critical test infrastructure. He stressed not only the need for a deep understanding of the customer’s mission but the need for solid technical knowledge and insight. He pointed to science and technology playing a pivotal role in this vision and hailed the AEDC student activities at White Oak as a crowning achievement and first step toward this goal.
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