Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy

Client: Boeing

SOFIA is an airborne observatory used in a collaborative research program made up of private non-profit companies, universities and corporations, lead by the NASA Ames Research Center. The aircraft is a converted Boeing 747SP designed to hold a 2.5 meter (98.5 in) diameter telescope. SOFIA observes space in a low water vapor environment that allows a larger range of infrared to be available for imaging.

Modelwerks was contracted to make the wind tunnel model of the converted 747SP.


Tasks:

  • Advanced Plumbing
  • Machining Steel and Aluminum
Full Model
Full Model
Full Model
Full Model
Jet Detail
Jet Detail
Turbine Part
Turbine Part
Turbine
Turbine
Wire EDM Parts
Wire EDM Parts
Initial Rough Cut
Initial Rough Cut
Final Rough of wing Upper surface
Final Rough of wing Upper surface
Wing
Wing
Full Model
Full Model
Jet Detail
Turbine Part
Turbine
Wire EDM Parts
Initial Rough Cut
Final Rough of wing Upper surface
Wing