Calspan has been working with the High-Speed System Test technology area, based at AEDC (Arnold Engineering Development Complex), to develop and demonstrate the first clean air, true enthalpy hypersonic test facility capable of varying simulated flight conditions up to Mach 7.5 for aeropropulsion, aerothermal and aero-optics testing. The clean air test environment is produced by a Regenerative Storage Heater (RSH) and is more representative of true flight conditions. The HAPCAT (Hypersonic Aero thermal and Propulsion Clean Air Testbed) project when completed will satisfy the following key requirements:
HAPCAT is installed at Northrop Grumman’s test laboratory in Ronkonkoma, New York. Once demonstrated, the technologies proven in the HAPCAT facility could be incorporated into other or larger scale hypersonic test facilities.
Early this spring Calspan reached a few HAPCAT milestones worth noting:
Regenerative Storage Heater - a component of Hypersonic Aero Propulsion Clean Air Testbed (HAPCAT)
HAPCAT is just one of the technology development platforms that is developing technologies to be used in the large-scale hypersonic upgrade to the existing AEDC J-5 facility (nicknamed project Phoenix). Calspan is also working on several other facets of the Phoenix project which will be announced in the future. Validation of these sub-scale technologies will reduce the full-scale test facility risk.