Environmental Tectonics to build USAF altitude chambers

  • 23-Jun-2010 07:54 EDT

A U.S. Air Force airman gives instruction to students in an altitude chamber at Langley Air Force Base, VA. While in the altitude chamber, students are exposed to atmospheric conditions at 25,000 ft without the aid of an oxygen mask.

The U.S. Air Force awarded Environmental Tectonics Corp.'s Training Services Group a contract to provide a suite of altitude chambers. The contract, valued at more than $38 million, calls for delivery of a suite of four altitude chambers to the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH, by June 2013. The chambers will support research activities to investigate and develop solutions for current and future Department of Defense aviation and space operations. The research capabilities of these altitude chambers will allow investigation of physiological issues associated with exposure to medium and high altitudes in extreme environments as well as equipment development, qualification, and human rating. The Research Altitude Chamber suite will be delivered as a turn-key project and will be installed in a newly constructed purpose-built facility. The research altitude chambers will be manufactured at ETC's main manufacturing plant in Southampton, PA.

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