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Two images showing a KBR employee and a military test volunteer prepare for an altitude chamber flight.

A Sneak Peek into Test Chamber for X-59

Pictured at left: The low pressure (hypobaric) chamber at KBR’s facility in San Antonio, Texas, simulates very high altitudes by reducing the air pressure inside of the chamber. The subject inside the chamber experiences the reduced pressure conditions that exist at higher altitudes, in this case altitudes up to 60,000 feet. Pictured at right: A military test volunteer wears protective equipment while breathing oxygen before undergoing a rapid decompression. The goal of the test to verify the equipment that he uses and wears, as well as the life support system, all work properly. Text credit: Kristen Hatfield, NASA

Image Credit: KBR, Brooks in San Antonio, Texas