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The Hypervelocity Free-Flight Aerodynamic Facility (HFFAF) is used for research on gasdynamics of atmospheric entry.  High relative speeds are achieved by launching models from high-speed guns into a counter current airstream driven by a combustion powered shock tube.

 

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The Ames Vertical Gun Range (AVGR) is used to simulate the planetary impact cratering phenomena.  The facility utilizes various model launching guns that can achieve impact velocities up to 8 [km/sec].

 

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The Electric Arc Shock Tube Facility (EAST) id used to investigate the effects of radiation and ionization during planetary entries.  The driven section of the facility is supplied by a 1.25 [MJ] capacitor storage system.

 

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The Range Complex of Facilities is made up of three very distinct facilities.  To get a better understanding of each download the Range Complex fact sheet.
 
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Curator - Scott Eddlemon          NASA Official - Joe Hartman

Last Updated - November 8, 2005

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