Orbital ATK Opens Ramjet Clean Air Test Facility at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory
Orbital ATK, a global leader in defense and aerospace technologies, has recently completed the final testing and validation for its new Ramjet Test Facility. Based in Rocket Center, West Virginia, the facility will feature a clear-air testing environment for flying trajectories at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL). Naval Sea Systems Command has committed to funding the new facility, and owns the site which houses the ABL. Orbital ATK’s Ramjet Test Facility precisely mimics the operational set of parameters for tactical air-breathing solid propulsion systems, with temperatures reaching upwards of 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit as well as air mass flow which can simulate up to Mach 4.5. This test facility offers real-world simulation, accompanied with a clean-air environment free from combustion byproducts.
“This new facility is a national asset, providing the means to test next-generation missile propulsion components,”
said general manager and vice president of Orbital ATK’s Missile Products Division of the Defense Systems Group, Pat Nolan.
“We have the ability to ‘fly a mission’ during test, which reduces costs associated with conducting multiple point tests.”
Orbital ATK’s Defense System Group offers strike and precision weapons, advanced hypersonics and propulsion, missile components ranging across land, sea, and air-based ammunition, systems, as well as related energetic products. Their new facility will help to complement Orbital ATK’s scramjet test capabilities. Orbital ATK designs, develops, and delivers aviation, defense, and space systems for customers all over the world as a merchant supplier as well as a prime contractor. Their main products include advanced aerospace structures; missile products, subsystems, and defense electronics; satellites and associated space services and components; precision weapons, armament system, and ammunition; and launch vehicles and related propulsion systems.
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