Test Support and Tunnel 9 teams to complete first remote installation of original AEDC data system

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – A team effort between personnel at AEDC Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 in White Oak, Maryland, and Arnold Air Force Base recently facilitated the replacement of the 20-year-old Tunnel 9 system used to record, process and display test data.

Last month, Tunnel 9 completed the final installation and necessary sign-offs for its new Enterprise Data Acquisition and Processing System (EDAPS). EDAPS replaces the Legacy Data Acquisition and Recording Equipment (DARE) IX system used previously at Tunnel 9 and marks the first installation of EDAPS outside of Tennessee.
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AEDC stands up ICBM Combined Test Force at Hill Air Force Base

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – The growth of AEDC’s critical role in providing the United States Armed Forces with developmental test and evaluation support for the newest and premier weapon systems continues with the stand up of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Combined Test Force (CTF) to support modernization and life extension for the LGM-30 Minuteman III (MMIII) and development of the next generation Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) ICBM.
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Tunnel 9 moves closer to 360-degree TSP capability

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – The team at AEDC Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 in White Oak, Maryland, has for some time considered a 360-degree capability for tests involving temperature-sensitive paint, or TSP, and has worked for about a year on ways to achieve it.

Thanks to recent innovations developed after a customer’s need provided a push, the Tunnel 9 team’s TSP capability is now one step closer to painting the entire picture on wind tunnel models. The team built a prototype system mounted in the plenum of the T9 test cell tunnel to allow for data collection from the bottom of the test cell – the most challenging view from an engineering perspective.
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Gearing up to host area high school students for 2018 National Engineers Week

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – Students from all over the Middle Tennessee area will be teaming up with AEDC engineers at Arnold Air Force Base to experience work environments and participate in competitions during National Engineers Week, Feb. 18-24.

As part of Engineers Week, engineers from the Base and throughout the local region volunteer their time to assist with mentoring opportunities and activities geared toward engineering concepts.
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Bridge to the Future event provides unique opportunity for prospective AEDC team members

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – Bridge to the Future, an event hosted by National Aerospace Solutions, the Test Operations and Sustainment contractor for AEDC, provided college-age students of AEDC team members the chance to see where their family works and learn about the many career opportunities available at Arnold Air Force Base.

During the event, the participants heard from several individuals in leadership roles at Arnold AFB, which included AEDC Commander Col. Scott Cain and Col. Raymond Briggs, chief of the Arnold Air Force Base Test Systems Sustainment branch, NAS General Manager Cynthia Rivera and NAS Deputy General Manager Doug Pearson, among others. They also took a tour of the test facilities and then had one-on-one time with a mentor working in their particular area of interest.
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AEDC teams assist in preparing the Dream Chaser for its future missions

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – The Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser space plane recently had a successful free-flight test over the Mojave Desert in California, later making its landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

The Hypersonic CTF at Edwards AFB is managed by AEDC, which is headquartered at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee.
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National Aerospace Solutions honors team members at 2017 Salute to Excellence Annual Awards Banquet

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – National Aerospace Solutions (NAS) Team members with the AEDC Test Operations and Sustainment contract received awards for their contributions to NAS and AEDC during the 2017 NAS Salute to Excellence Annual Awards Banquet. Held at the Arnold Lakeside Center Nov. 16, each award winner was recognized by a member of the NAS senior management team and presented with a commemorative plaque and a cash award.
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Focus on safety continues to bring success

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – The Arnold Air Force Base, NFAC and Tunnel 9 Safety Condition Campaign has thus far proven to be a success, as more than half of the items identified since the beginning of 2017 have been permanently addressed.

According to Safety, Health & Environmental Manager Richard Nugent, more than 800 issues have been identified to-date, all of which have been at least temporarily addressed and some conditions have been permanently addressed.
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Donation made in support of Hands-On Science Center’s STEM programs

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN.

Doug Pearson, deputy general manager of National Aerospace Solutions, LLC, the contractor overseeing the AEDC Test Operations and Sustainment contract, presents a check for $5,000 to Deb Wimberley, director of the Hands on Science Center in Tullahoma, to help support the HOSC’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs. AEDC supports many STEM efforts throughout middle Tennessee impacting nearly 19,000 students in more than 60 schools since 2013. AEDC also has a program dedicated to STEM at Arnold Air Force Base. Pictured left to right are Carole Thomas, president of the HOSC Board of Directors; Pearson; Wimberly; and Jim Jolliffe, a member of the HOSC Board of Directors. (Courtesy photo)

Team members make a St. Jude donation through golf tournament

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – When the Lightning Classic Golf Tournament was coordinated for Aug. 4 at the Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchester, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was selected to receive the proceeds.

“This tournament was one of many that we’ve had and it involved effort from several people,” said Roy Mullins, AEDC truck driver and tournament director. “This is the first one that’s been held that benefited St. Jude. We were able to donate $1,000 dollars to St. Jude.”
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