Aerophysics Research Center


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Redstone Arsenal
Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5000
United States


This facility, operated by the University of Alabama in Huntsville, houses three two-stage light gas guns capable of launching a variety of projectiles and missile component simulants at a vast array of targets and impact velocities. Projectiles weighing up to 8 kilograms have been launched at velocities in excess of 2 kilometers per second, and lighter payloads up to 8 kilometers per second. This facility can support testing against a variety of targets ranging from space dust protection to explosive reactive armor (ERA). This facility has extensive data collection capabilities including radar, thermal, event timing, flash x-ray, Schelarian and high-speed photography. A full machine-shop supports the facility with the capability to fabricate all projectiles, targets, and related support equipment.

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