Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility (ASTF)

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1099 Avenue C
Arnold AFB

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The Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility (ASTF), part of the Engine Test Facility at the Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Center, is a unique national facility designed to test aircraft propulsion systems in true mission environments without leaving the ground. Three features distinguish the ASTF: Controllability - ASTF incorporates an Automatic Test Control System which can vary the simulated flight conditions rapidly enough to duplicate the real-life transient conditions of a full aircraft mission from take-off, through climb to altitude and multi-speed combat maneuvers, to descent and landing. Information processing capability-ASTF C-cells Data Acquisition and Processing System (CDAPS) with its 12 minicomputers plus a high-speed CRAY-XMP/14SE super computer can acquire and process test information from more than a thousand sensors embedded in the facility and propulsion system and deliver the results in near real time to engineers directing the test. Size-ASTF test cells and airflow are large enough to accommodate simultaneously several major, full-scale elements of an aircraft propulsion system or, in some cases, the complete propulsion system, including the aircraft forebody, engine inlet and aircraft afterbody.

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