Products and equipment used at excessive heights need to be durable enough to withstand the extreme conditions they will face. Accurately replicating temperature, humidity and atmospheric conditions requires specially designed facilities in which controlled, precise altitude testing can be performed.
NTS has been performing altitude testing on commercial aviation equipment since the 1970s. Our altitude testing capabilities include straight altitude tests up to 100,000 feet (30,000m) as well as multi-variate tests combining altitude, temperature and humidity, as well as altitude/vibration tests and rapid and explosive decompression testing.
NTS altitude test chambers can accommodate components, materials, subassemblies and complete devices in altitude chambers ranging from the very small up to the very large. Our ramp up rate for standard altitude testing is 0 to 100,000 ft (30,000m) in less than 5 minutes. For explosive decompression, less than a second. Temperature capabilities range from the low -300°F (-180°C) to +400°F (+200°C). And if you want your equipment to fly higher, our hi-vacuum, space simulation facilities will take it to 10-6 Torr (1.3e-7 kPa).
Proper altitude testing will look at a number of factors experienced by components subjected to extreme heights. These include:
Even if compliance with MIL, RTCA or other standards is not required for your application, taking the time to have the appropriate testing done can help your product stand out from the competition. Many purchasers see these standards as an assurance of superior quality that can be counted on to deliver exceptional performance in any environmental or atmospheric condition. In a crowded marketplace, altitude testing to military standards can be an effective selling point for your product.
When it comes to making sure your product or component can withstand the conditions experienced at high altitudes, your choice of a testing facility is critical. Because repeated testing at height isn't economically feasible, it's essential that test facilities know how to accurately replicate these conditions in the lab. NTS is one of the most trusted names in altitude testing in the country. We have a long history of working with some of the world's largest avionics and aerospace manufacturers, helping them meet the regulatory challenges of their industry while delivering a quality product on tight schedules.
Altitude testing is available at nearly all NTS facilities coast-to-coast. Contact your local lab today for more information about altitude testing at NTS.