Redstone Test Center (RTC)

Agency/Department

FLC Region

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No

Address

TEDT-RT-TTA
Advanced Technology Office
Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898
United States

Laboratory Representative

(P)

(256) 876-3552

Description

The origins of the U.S. Army Redstone Technical Test Center (RTTC) can be traced back to 1956, when the Army Ballistic Missile Agency was established at the arsenal with a military mission to field the Army's first intermediate range ballistic missile. The missile flight test ranges and rocket motor static test stands formed the core of the Test and Evaluation Directorate under the predecessor organization, U.S. Army Missile Command, Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center. In October 1990, the directorate was assigned to the former U.S. Army Developmental Test Command and became known as the Redstone Technical Test Center. With the movement of the Aviation and Troop Command to the arsenal, the establishment of PEO Aviation opened up a new and challenging venue for aircraft test work, which the Center readily met and integrated into its capabilities.

The origin of the U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center (ATTC) can be traced back to November 1959, when the Transportation Material Command's Liaison Office was activated at Edwards AFB, California. The office was transferred, in 1963, under TECOM and was designated as the U.S. Army Aviation Materiel Command (AVCOM). In 1968, AVCOM was designated the U.S. Army Aviation Systems Test Activity (USAASTA). In 1974, the name was changed to AEFA. In Alabama, the Transportation Aircraft Test and Support Activity (TATSA) was activated July 1, 1956, and the Signal Aviation Test and Support Activity (SATSA) was activated in the fall of the same year-they shared the mission of performing logistical testing of all standard and nonstandard avionics equipment. The Continental Army Command (CONARM) Board Number 6 was originated on January 1, 1957, and was renamed the U.S. Army Aviation Board. The TATSA, the SATSA, and the Aviation Board were consolidated as the U.S. Army Aviation Test Board under TECOM. The Board was deactivated on July 28, 1976, and ADTA was formed on June 6, 1979.

In October 1999, a new era in modern military testing began as Army developmental and operational testing consolidated under one command and formed the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC). In August 2009, both the Aviation Technical Test Center from Fort Rucker and the Redstone Technical Test Center from Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, consolidated, forming the Redstone Test Center.

The combined history and accomplishments of the genesis test organizations and the consolidated organizations that evolved over time have provided RTC with a proud past on which to build. The center's core values provide the framework on which its culture is founded. Values, honesty, industry and organizational loyalty are the baseline of all of RTC's operations. The concept of customer focus and technical expertise are the building blocks that anchor success.

Mission

Provide technical expertise and state-of-the-art facilities and capabilities to plan, conduct, analyze, and report the results of tests on missile, aviation, and sensor systems, subsystems and components.

Tech Areas

Available Technologies
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Airfield hazard automated detection system
Apparatus and Methods for Detecting Propellant Degradation in Solid Propellant Fuel
Communication relay and a space-fed phased array radar, both utilizing improved mach-zehnder interferometer
Conformal Array, Luneburg Lens Antenna System
Dragless flight control system for flying objects
Fly over homing guidance for fire and forget missile systems
Hybrid-phased communication array
Multispectral-hyperspectral sensing system
Polarization-resolving infrared imager
Polarized semi-active laser last pulse logic seeker using a staring focal plane array

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Aviation Flight Test
Aviation Flight Test Instrumentation
Aviation Systems Test and Integration Lab (AvSTIL)
Distributed Tests and Modeling & Simulation
Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing
Insensitive Munitions Testing
Missile Flight Testing
Missile/Aviation Propulsion Testing
Sensor Testing in Open Air Range
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