Calspan to invest millions in transonic wind tunnel


Buffalo, New York-based testing services provider Calspan is to invest over US$6 million into its transonic wind tunnel.

Calspan’s transonic wind tunnel, which is the only independently owned and privately-held one of its type in North America is being upgraded to meet evolving market demands said the company. It will also help to ensure that the testing campus in Buffalo, which dates back to the 1940s can grow in the long term, the company added.

The upgrades include the installation of Captive Trajectory System (CTS) testing capabilities, compressors, air storage, cooling towers and balances. These upgrades aim to improve the overall efficiency, reliability, and repeatability of the tunnel to enhance the customer experience. “Calspan remains committed to delivering high-quality data that exceeds customer expectations,” said John Yurtchuk, Chairman of Calspan.

The CTS design include software and controllers that use Jacobs Engineering’s “Test SLATE” measurement software that allows for customizable constrained launches and autopilots, increased automation, and exceptional repeatability.

“These investments to this unique asset reinforce our commitment to our customers and will position Calspan as a leader in the aerospace development and testing space for decades to come,” said Lou Knotts, Calspan CEO.

In addition, Calspan is investing in a dedicated CTS integration lab, allowing for customer set up and ground testing while other tests are running in the wind tunnel. Anticipated completion date for the investments is the end of 2020.

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