- Posted August 16, 2013 by
Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee
AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility going strong after 20 years
Following the signing of official control transfer documents, the facility was presented to the director of facilities in a ceremony that represented seven years of continuous teamwork and dedication which began in 1986. Construction of the facility began in 1990.
In 1989 a $176 million construction contract was awarded to Ebasco Newberg Construction. The J-6 project met its construction deadline 114 days early and under budget.
“A bright chapter in Arnold’s history, a bright chapter in Air Force’s history and a bright chapter in our nation’s future,” said Gen. Ronald Yates at the J-6 ribbon cutting ceremony, then commander of Air Force Materiel Command. “The facility now gives us the capability to safely test advanced high energy solid propellant rocket motors for use in space.”
Yates said J-6 will test commercial systems and “ensure taxpayers get the greatest value from their investment while helping American industry maintain their leadership in advanced solid rocket technology.”
J-6 tests large rocket motors up to 500,000 pounds of thrust and can simulate an altitude of 100,000 feet.
Caption for photo #080717-F-9114G-044: AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility J-6. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)
Caption for photo #130723-O-0000U-003: The Peacekeeper Stage II ICBM rocket motor is prepared for the first validation motor firing in the J-6 rocket test cell in 1994. (AEDC photo)
Caption for photo #091209-F-9114G-005: ATK’s CASTOR®30 was ground tested at AEDC in a specialized vacuum chamber that simulates the altitude at which the upper stage motor will operate. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)