The JF12 hypersonic wind tunnel in Beijing. Photo: CCTV
The JF12 hypersonic wind tunnel in Beijing. Photo: CCTV
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China’s new wind tunnel for hypersonic testing is too powerful for the electricity grid: scientists

  • The new facility, whose name and location remain secret, can simulate extreme flight conditions at Mach 5 or faster at high altitude
  • Many diesel ship engines are used to power aspects of the new facility, according to researchers involved, but their complexity creates other challenges

The JF12 hypersonic wind tunnel in Beijing. Photo: CCTV
The JF12 hypersonic wind tunnel in Beijing. Photo: CCTV
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