Draft:CIAM/NASA Testing Model for Strength Tests in Wind Tunnel

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CIAM/NASA testing model for strength tests in wind tunnel with a transport case NASA.
CIAM/NASA testing model for strength tests in wind tunnel with a transport case NASA.

CIAM/NASA Testing Model is made for strength tests in wind tunnel. It is usually made of fiberglass composite[1] with metal surface. The wings, which function as control surfaces of the test model, are made of dural. The glass fiber, which is used for the production of the model, was a precursor to the use of carbon fibers. The testing of the model was an important level of evolvement for using latter modern materials in aerospace.

Identical testing models were apparently used in tests made in wind tunnel in the NASA Langley Research Center laboratory[2] in the USA. One piece of the model is there until today. Testing model of a rocket, all together with a project Kholod/Cholod, was one of the common project of SSSR and USA after the end of the Cold War.


  • The length of the model is 3,15 metres, the average is 20 cm, the weight is around 50 kg.
  • 4 destabilizing pads in the front (upper) part, measuring 23 cm across.
  • 4 stabilizers in the back (lower) part, measuring  66 cm across.
  • There is a transport case NASA for transport of the model.
  • Manufacturer: Central Institute of Aviation Motor, Russian Federation in cooperation with NASA, production in 1980–1991.
  • Number of preserved pieces: less than 10.

Auctions of the testing models CIAM/NASA[edit]

In 2017 there has been an auction[3] of one of the CIAM/NASA models for strength tests in the Auction House in Sotheby's, New Yorku. The auctioned model comes from a rocket engineer collection, expert on scramjet drives, professor Alexander Roudakov.

Testing models are also other auction items. In 2019, the starting price of the auction was 12000 by the Auction Company Breker[4], Cologne, Germany.

Related projects[edit]

As part of the project development budget, the Kholod/Cholod (Холод) project - a scramjet-powered rocket was designed to overcome 5.75 Ma.



  1. ^ WILLIAM C. CAYWOOD, ROBERT M. RIVELLO, and LOUIS B. WECKESSER. "TACTICAL MISSILE STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY" (PDF). Johns Hopkins APL Technical Digest.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "NASA - Wind Tunnels at NASA Langley Research Center". www.nasa.gov. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  4. ^ "Rocket Wind Tunnel Test Model, c. 1980 on LiveAuctioneers". LiveAuctioneers. Retrieved 2019-05-02.