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The Holloman High Speed Test Track is the longest (50,788 feet) and most precisely aligned and instrumented facility of its kind in the world. The track is used to simulate selected trajectories of aircraft and missiles under stringent conditions. Sled speeds up to 7,000 ft/sec are routine, while speeds above 8,900 ft/sec have been demonstrated. Depending on mission needs, sled weights range from 100 to 30,000 pounds; however, heavier sleds can be operated as required.
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The Holloman High Speed Test Track (HHSTT) is a United States Department of Defense/Air Force aerospace ground test facility located at Holloman Air Force Base in south-central New Mexico. It is adjacent to the White Sands Missile Range and is operated by the 846th Test Squadron of the 96th Test Group of the 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base. The Test Track provides its services to a wide variety of American defense and governmental agencies such as the Air Force, Army, Navy, and the Missile Defense Agency, as well as America's allies.
846TH TEST SQUADRON Posted 2/23/2009 Printable Fact Sheet Photos The 50,788 foot sled track is the longest in the world Download HiRes The 846th Test Squadron operates the Holloman High Speed Test Track.
The Air Force’s 846th Test Squadron conducted a world record rocket sled test on the Holloman High Speed Test Track (HHSTT) at 0033 on 30 April 03. The sled obtained a velocity of 9,465 feet per second or 6,453 miles per hour, delivering a 192-lb. payload into a target.
A sign near the track announces, in all seriousness – “Mach 10”. Ten times the speed of sound or 7,612. 07 miles per hour. That’s how fast you are officially allowed to go, and is probably the only speed limit that you can break and get applauded for instead of being issued a ticket. Nobody has broken it yet – the fastest land speed record at Holloman High Speed Test Track.
There are no specific costs to US taxpayers associated with either of these programs. All flying operations are subject to the control of Holloman's host US Air Force commander and are subject to all applicable Air Force and federal regulations and statutes. All activity in military airspace and ranges is controlled by the appropriate US authority for those areas. In addition, while in the US , all German military personnel are subject to the laws of the US Government. Holloman High Speed Test Track.