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SUBSONIC WIND TUNNEL TESTING
The subsonic wind tunnel at AeroRocket's disposal was developed in-house to provide a wide range of lift, drag, velocity and pressure profile measurements for almost any shape. The test section is 7 inches wide x 10 inches high x 16 inches long. Maximum test section velocity is 80 ft/sec without a test item installed and is ideal for measuring the subsonic drag and lift of unusual designs and shapes. The AeroRocket subsonic wind tunnel uses the in-house built two-component force balance system.
 
AeroRocket Subsonic Wind Tunnel

SUPERSONIC  BLOW-DOWN WIND TUNNEL TESTING
The AeroRocket supersonic blow-down wind tunnel achieves nearly constant Mach 3 flow for approximately 4 seconds then quickly transitions to nearly constant Mach 1.37 flow for another 4 seconds during the blow-down process. Standard and inexpensive off-the-shelf data acquisition devices are used to measure long duration drag forces to determine Cd verses Mach number. AeroRocket's new blow-down wind tunnel is operational and being used to design the HFV-3X concept spacecraft.


Supersonic blow-down wind tunnel operating at Mach 2.96


NEXT GENERATION 1" SUPERSONIC BLOW-DOWN WIND TUNNEL
A new supersonic blow-down wind tunnel is available for testing aerodynamic shapes. The new 1" inside-diameter supersonic blow-down wind tunnel, having a test section blockage factor less than 3%, now joins the successful 1/2" supersonic wind tunnel. Tests conducted using the next generation wind tunnel indicate drag coefficient (Cd) for the HFV-3X is 0.1016 at Mach 2.64.

Next generation 1" diameter supersonic wind tunnel
Next generation 1" diameter supersonic blow-down wind tunnel with air supply.

HTV-3X installed in the 1" wind tunnel
HTV-3X mounted in the 1" diameter supersonic blow down wind tunnel.

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