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Wind Tunnel Testing

A scale model of the Space Shuttle attached to its modified 747 carrier hangs in a NASA wind tunnel. Wind tunnel tests can be used for flow visualization, lift and drag measurements, control system checks and so forth, but mounting models correctly and safely in the tunnel is crucial. Many models use sting mounts that project forward, as this one does, in order to expose the model to freestream flow unimpeded by the mounting mechanism. Any mounts and models must also be sturdy enough that all or part of them does not break off mid-test and fly into the wind tunnel’s fans. #

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