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Florida State's Wind Tunnel

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

Rocket scientists may soon be jetting over to the capitol city, all because of Florida State's newest state-of-the-art facility.

The University's Board of Trustees toured the Aero-propulsion, Mecha-tronics and Energy Center today. Although the building isn't completely finished, the board got a sneak peak. Project organizers say the center with soon have robots and wind tunnels.

"The technology to run these wind tunnels is pretty exciting. It's run on compressed air. So they pump up these big tanks and they release a valve and you suddenly have a shot of air at very high velocities," said Florida State's AVP of Research Ross Ellington.

The wind tunnel will be unique because the wind inside will go faster than the speed of sound. The building should be completed by April.


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