Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel
For more than 80 years, MIT’s Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel has been a powerful testing tool for aviation and space flight innovation, advancing research for industry leaders as well as MIT. Its high wind capabilities have been used to assess the aerodynamics properties of everything from motorcycles, aircraft, and drones to Olympic ski gear, space suits, and potential building structures. Today, a project is underway to build an upgraded wind tunnel on the same site as the original, which will be dismantled. When completed, the new facility will be the largest, most advanced academic wind tunnel in the country.
The project will include a full rehabilitation of Building 17, as well as some infrastructure work in the first-floor electrical room in Building 37 and in the Building 33 Hangar. Construction is expected to be completed in Fall 2021.
MIT News: MIT to construct new, cutting-edge Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel (Nov. 17, 2017)
MIT Capital Projects: Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel, Building 17
Video: Harnessing the Wind at MIT: Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel (2012)