The Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research (GLACIER) will hold one of its infrequent community open houses at its outdoor next generation experimental jet engine test facility June 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
By opening its doors Saturday, local residents will get one of their few public opportunities to date to have a peek inside the state-of-the-art cold weather testing and certification centre, located at 100 Test Dr., about 10 kilometres south of Thompson, just west of Highway 6 and near Ospwagan Lake, since it opened almost four years ago on Oct. 29, 2010.
The facility is a ground-based open-air test stand capable of testing a very wide range of gas turbine engines. As an engine-generic installation, it includes the infrastructure and test systems necessary for the introduction of both current and future aerospace engines. Thompson is classified as having sub-arctic weather conditions, make it an ideal location for outdoor icing tests, low temperature endurance testing, cold soak, and other adverse weather testing of flight vehicles and their propulsion systems. During the off-season, the facility also provides ideal conditions for other performance, endurance and operability testing.
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