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The George C. Marshall Space Flight Center's 14 X 14-Inch Trisonic Wind Tunnel: A Historical Perspective
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Springer, A.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL United States)
Abstract: A history of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) George C. Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC) 14 x 14-Inch Trisonic Wind Tunnel is presented. Its early and continuing role in the United States space program is shown through highlights of the tunnel's history and the major programs tested in the tunnel over the past 40 years. The 14-Inch Tunnel has its beginning with the Army in the late 1950's under the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA). Such programs as the Redstone, Jupiter, Pershing, and early Saturn were tested in the 14-Inch Tunnel in the late 1950's. America's first launch vehicle, the Jupiter C, was designed and developed using the 14-Inch Wind Tunnel. Under NASA, the 14-Inch Wind Tunnel has made large contributions to the Saturn, Space Transportation System, and future launch vehicle programs such as Shuttle-C and the National Launch System. A technical description of the tunnel is presented for background information on the type and capabilities of the 14-Inch Wind Tunnel. The report concludes in stating: the 14-Inch Wind Tunnel as in speed of sound; transonic, at or near the speed of sound the past, will continue to play a large but unseen role in he development of America's space program.
Publication Date: Jan 13, 1994
Document ID:
19960045211
(Acquired Oct 12, 1996)
Accession Number: 96N72490
Subject Category: RESEARCH AND SUPPORT FACILITIES (AIR)
Report/Patent Number: NASA-TM-111606, NAS 1.15:111606
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit; 32nd; 10-13 Jan. 1994; Reno, NV; United States
Meeting Sponsor: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Washington, DC United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL United States
Organization Source: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL United States
Description: 10p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution as joint owner in the copyright
NASA Terms: BALLISTIC MISSILES; HEAVY LIFT LAUNCH VEHICLES; HISTORIES; LAUNCH VEHICLES; NASA PROGRAMS; SHUTTLE DERIVED VEHICLES; SPACE PROGRAMS; SPACE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM; TRISONIC WIND TUNNELS
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