Remote Hypervelocity Test Laboratory

Remote Hypervelocity Test Laboratory

Hypervelocity Gun Lab Hypervelocity Gun Lab

The White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) Remote Hypervelocity Test Laboratory (RHTL) is an access-controlled hazardous test area capable of simulating Micrometeoroid and Orbital Debris on spacecraft materials and components. This unique NASA facility was designed to safely handle and test hazardous targets, and simulates impacts on shields, spacecraft, satellites, and spacesuits. Four Two-stage Light Gas Guns (2SLGGs) propel 0.05 mm single to 22.2 mm diameter projectiles to velocities in excess of 7.5 km/s.

Hyper Gun Lab WSTFHypervelocity Gun Lab at WSTF

Because of WSTF’s remote location and attention to safety, the RHTL is capable of implementing test programs that propel projectiles at toxic or explosive materials and components such as batteries, aerospace fluids, and pressurized containers in a controlled laboratory environment. Release energies up to 2.3 kg (5 lb) TNT equivalent can be accommodated within the facility’s sealed target chambers.

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