ATC Revolutionizes Small Arms Testing
A new invention fielded by the Small Arms Systems Division of the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center has revolutionized the world of small arms testing. ATC’s Andrew Wagner and Jason Brooks created and implemented the Remote Electronic Automated Program Event Resource, known as the REAPER, which has vastly improved the accuracy of small arms test data and reduced testing variances. Now, variables such as firing cadence and firing mechanics can be controlled with a level of precision not previously available.< Read More >
ATC Gets Psyched
Misiuda and Williams are unique in that they are the only two Engineering Psychologists at ATC. They study the relationship between humans and machines to improve the performance of both. Their duties are similar: designing experiments for human-in-the-loop assessments (evaluating human and equipment interaction); overseeing the handling of human subjects during test efforts; and planning efforts that rely on the psychophysics of humans to assess performance.< Read More >
The Nexus of Cruise Control
Venturing onto our roads and highways has ramped up stress levels in our everyday lives. New automotive technologies, such as intelligent cruise control, are working to shift some of this stress from man to machine. Aberdeen Test Center and the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are collaborating to test vehicle platooning at ATC’s Automotive Test and Evaluation Facility (ATEF).
ATC Spent Brass Sorter
ATC fires approximately 2 million rounds of small arms ammunition per year. Using the Spent Brass Sorter, ATC can sort and process casings faster and more efficiently than in the past. Small arms testing at Aberdeen Test Center results in large volumes of spent brass of various calibers. Until now, this spent brass was sorted and processed by hand, and then packed for turn-in to the Ammunition Supply Point (ASP), where it was sorted and inspected, again by hand.
100 Years of Excellence: The ATC Story, Part 5
In 1952, the first atomic artillery piece was brought to D&PS for testing. This project was cloaked in secrecy, and those who worked on the test were not permitted to speak of the project outside of APG. Several events during this test reminded D&PS personnel of the importance of safety while testing. The first time the piece was fired, a part of the recoil system failed: “the gun reared, jerked, almost tore loose from its platform and the gun carriage was left a shambles.”< Read More >
NASA conducts testing at ATC
Drop test of NASA’s Max Launch Abort System full scale Crew Module (MLAS-CM) being conducted at ATC’s Littoral Warfare Environment. This image is featured in Our Proud Of Past, Focused On Our Future January 2017 edition.
Military Veterans Behind CACC Program Success
Military veterans are integral to the work performed at ATC, where prototype, commercial and military systems are tested to ensure they meet their design requirements. All three veterans agreed that the military’s example of teamwork, communication, training and safety were fundamental to the success of the CACC program. Division team testing CACC technology consisted of engineers, scientists and technicians. Three team members are veterans who brought skills and values from their military service to the CACC test environment. From left: Kevin Pelletier, Tom Robbins and Todd Howard
Calendar of Events
COL Morris L. Bodrick is the Commander of the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.
Making a Difference in How We Fight
After more than 15 years of war, the world remains a dangerous place. With the ongoing threat of ISIS in the Middle East, an aggressive Russia, an unpredictable regime in North Korea, and the constant, borderless, happen-anytime threat to our nation’s cybersecurity, Aberdeen Test Center has a key role in maintaining the Army’s readiness. Last year, the Chief of Staff of the Army, GEN Mark A. Milley, said, “You and I, as an Army, have to maintain the capability and the readiness. We have to sustain that which we have learned over 15 hard years of lessons learned.”
Earlier this year, in a speech to the Association of the U.S. Army, GEN Milley reiterated this message, saying, “Readiness was our priority last year, that’s our priority this year and by necessity that needs to continue to be our priority.” The mission of ATC, and that of the Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), is unique to the Army, in that we support the full spectrum of its systems.
ONE TEAM, Driven by integrity, mutual respect, and trust.
ONE VISION, Setting the highest standard of excellence.
ONE UNSHAKABLE BOND, Protecting one another and those who inspire us to give our best each day…our Warfighters.
- Provide test and test support services for authorized customers within and outside of DoD, including Government and non-Government organizations, domestic, and foreign.
- Perform comprehensive test and training, both real and simulated.
- Exploit emerging technologies.
- Develop leading-edge instrumentation and test methodologies.