The unique challenges of using tactical sensors on airborne systems, including UAVs, requires specialized systems to test under high-altitude temperature and pressure conditions. SDL operates and maintains a state-of-the-art altitude test chamber on behalf of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for high-fidelity and realistic operation simulation.
- Full characterization of airborne optical sensors
- Up to three separate optical sources can be simultaneously applied through existing ports
- 64 ft3
- Altitude simulation: Sea level to 100,000 ft.
- Operational temperature: -60º C to 125º C
- Temperature ramp rate ~3º C/min
- Operational pressure: Ambient to <10 Torr
- Pressure transition rate: ≥ 20 Torr/minute
- Optical ports: 3 X 20” round
- Airflow inside the chamber: 2,500-3,000SCF
- Sensor positioning system: 2 axis linear (vertical front to back)
- Cascade refrigeration system capable of maintaining cold operation with 3200 W live load
- Liquid nitrogen boost
- 16’x16’ clean tent supports handling of contamination-sensitive hardware
- Fully integrates with facility test automation and data management systems