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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lockheed Martin Acquires High-Speed Wind Tunnel, Plans Upgrades

RATTLRS cruise-missile inletLockheed Martin has purchased a wind tunnel that is one of only two of its kind in the United States, and is planning key improvements to the facility.

Since 1958, Lockheed Martin and its heritage companies have used the High Speed Wind Tunnel (HSWT) in Grand Prairie, Texas, for subsonic, transonic and supersonic research-and-development testing.

Although the company is the long-time operator of the HSWT, it has leased the facility from Triumph Aerostructures. The purchase will enable Lockheed Martin to invest in upgrades and manage scheduling, including testing by other companies and government agencies.

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