USA Luge Visits San Diego Air & Space Museum's...

USA Luge Visits San Diego Air & Space Museum's Wind Tunnel Days Before London Olympics Begin

San Diego, 7.22.2012

***Members of the media interested in attending the test should contact Jessica Packard at 716.208.5636 or jpackard@sdasm.org for details. This is not open to the public, only media. Please note, the Museum’s Low Speed Wind Tunnel is located at 3050 Pacific Highway***

San Diego, CA - July 23, 2012 - Two days before the Summer Olympics begin, USA Luge will bring a taste of the Winter Games to San Diego as two-time Olympian and 2009 World Champion Erin Hamlin will visit the San Diego Air and Space Museum’s Low Speed Wind Tunnel (LSWT) to conduct tests for the upcoming luge season. The test will take place on Wednesday, July 25.

Hamlin, of Remsen, N.Y., will be testing new sled configurations and geometries, in addition to race suit fabrics. The test will be conducted by USA Luge head coach and two-time Olympic medalist Mark Grimmette, Stephen Ryle, Aerotest Engineering Manager for the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel and Douglas Bohl, PhD, Associate Professor at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y.

Grimmette, of Muskegon, Mich. and Bohl, of Potsdam, N.Y., have been working together as a part of a larger collaboration between Clarkson University and USA Luge, aimed at increasing the aerodynamic efficiency of the team’s equipment.

USA Luge has been testing at the facility since 2004. Virtually all of the top cyclists in the world for the past seven years have tested at the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Low Speed Wind Tunnel, including Lance Armstrong. USA Bobsled also tested in the tunnel for the first time last month. The testing methodology and expert staff draw both world-class athletes and top aerospace companies. To date, the LSWT has conducted nearly 100,000 hours of testing and has been used extensively in numerous military and civil aerospace development programs, including those of the F-106, B-58, F-111, F-16, Global Hawk UAV, Tomahawk Cruise Missile, and Advanced Cruise Missile. In addition, it has recently served the testing needs of Cessna, Boeing, Gulfstream, Northrop Grumman, General Atomics, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin. As the only wind tunnel in the nation capable of performing low-speed flutter testing, Boeing has used the facility extensively to test all its commercial airliners, from the 707 to the new 787 Dreamliner.

For more information on the LSWT, please visit: www.lswt.com

The San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Low Speed Wind Tunnel (LSWT) is considered to be the best facility of its kind in the world. The testing methodology and expert staff draw both world-class athletes and top aerospace companies. To date, the LSWT has conducted nearly 100,000 hours of testing and has been used extensively in numerous military and civil aerospace development programs, including those of the F-106, B-58, F-111, F-16, Global Hawk UAV, Tomahawk Cruise Missile, and Advanced Cruise Missile. In addition, it has recently served the testing needs of Cessna, Boeing, Gulfstream, Northrop Grumman, General Atomics, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin. As the only wind tunnel in the nation capable of performing low-speed flutter testing, Boeing has used the facility extensively to test all its commercial airliners, from the 707 to the new 787 Dreamliner.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is California's official air and space museum and education center. The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and it was the first aero-themed Museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums. Now on display, “How Things Fly,” a special exhibition that examines the wonder of flight through four fun and interactive zones. The Museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. The Museum and gift store are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

 

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