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New Testing At AEDC

From left, Dawn Battles, ATK Space Threat Assessment Testbed (STAT) program manager; Keith Holt, Aerospace Testing Alliance’s STAT program manager; and Nikki Tracey, AEDC’s Air Force STAT program manager, listen as John Prebola, ATA’s STAT technical director speaks. (Photo by Jacqueline Cowan)

A project team at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) has successfully completed an initial site acceptance test campaign on Arnold’s new, one-of-a-kind space asset testing facility.
The Space Threat Assessment Testbed (STAT) can simulate a realistic operational environment to space hardware, using multiple source simulators to emulate the conditions existing at various orbits.
The facility will fulfill a long-standing need for a national mission-critical asset with capabilities previously unavailable anywhere in the world, according to Keith Holt, Aerospace Testing Alliance’s STAT program manager.
The STAT facility will simulate the other three conditions found outside the Earth’s atmosphere, a vacuum and extreme heat and cold.
For additional information on STAT or AEDC’s other ground testing assets, contact Arnold’s Public Affairs office at 931-454-4204.