Orbiter Model in Wind Tunnel
In this 1980 photograph, an engineer at the Marshall Space Flight Center holding a replica of the proposed Liquid Booster Module observes the testing of a space shuttle orbiter model 14 Wind Tunnel. The tunnel is a trisonic wind tunnel, which is capable of running subsonic, transonic, and supersonic tests and is used to test the integrity of rockets and launch vehicles in launch and reentry environments. The tunnel was used to test rockets and launch vehicles from the Jupiter C through the Saturn family up to the current space shuttle and will be used to test future advanced launch vehicles.
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