Wind tunnel and propulsion test facilities : supporting analyses to an assessment of NASA's capabilities to serve national needs /
Philip S. Antón ... [et al.] ; prepared for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corp., 2004.
xxiii, 138 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
0833036424 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corp., 2004.
0833036424 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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"Rand National Defense Research Institute."
"TR-134-NASA/OSD"--P. [4] of cover.
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Also available in electronic form via the RAND Corporation Web site.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 133-138).
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Long Description
Provides detailed analyses of the nation's aeronautic testing needs and the effectiveness of and management issues for, NASA's major wind tunnel and test propulsion facilities in serving those needs.
Unpaid Annotation
This technical report provides detailed data, observations, and conclusions from a one-year study (from June 2002 through July 2003) examining the nation’s wind tunnel and propulsion testing needs and the continuing ability that NASA’s major wind tunnel and propulsion test facilities have in serving those needs, identifying new investments needed and any excess capacities within NASA.
Unpaid Annotation
Wind tunnel and propulsion test facilities established by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have boosted the United States aerospace competitive advantage across military, commercial, and space sectors. Are these major facilities continuing to serve the nation's current and future needs? At the request of Congress and NASA, RAND studied the 31 facilities at three NASA centers. The authors examined current and future national needs for wind tunnel and propulsion test facilities, the technical competitiveness of NASA's facilities, functional overlap and redundancy, and management issues. They recommend steps that NASA can take to keep essential facilities robust well into the future.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
National wind tunnel and propulsion test facility needs and NASA's primary facilities serving these needsp. 9
Subsonic wind tunnelsp. 33
Transonic wind tunnelsp. 51
Supersonic wind tunnelsp. 63
Hypersonic wind tunnelsp. 71
Hypersonic propulsion integration test facilitiesp. 77
Direct-connect propulsion test facilitiesp. 85
U.S. test facilitiesp. 99
Foreign test facilitiesp. 107
Construction times and costs for major test facilitiesp. 131
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