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APTU team mitigates coronavirus risk, continues hypersonic testing

Joseph Cowan, left, an outside machinist, and other Team AEDC personnel work in the control room of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) Aerodynamic and Propulsion Test Unit (APTU), May 20, 2020, while wearing masks to help mitigate risk associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The APTU team has performed their tasks, providing hypersonic testing capabilities, without interruption during the pandemic. Hypersonics is considered a critical field for national defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)

Joseph Cowan, left, an outside machinist, and other Team AEDC personnel work in the control room of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) Aerodynamic and Propulsion Test Unit (APTU), May 20, 2020, while wearing masks to help mitigate risk associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The APTU team has performed their tasks, providing hypersonic testing capabilities, without interruption during the pandemic. Hypersonics is considered a critical field for national defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)

Exhaust and cooling water shoot out the back of the Aerodynamic and Propulsion Test Unit during a test at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., May 5, 2020. Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) team members are taking measures to mitigate the risk of transmission of coronavirus so they may continue performing the critical national defense mission of AEDC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)

Exhaust and cooling water shoot out the back of the Aerodynamic and Propulsion Test Unit during a test at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., May 5, 2020. Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) team members are taking measures to mitigate the risk of transmission of coronavirus so they may continue performing the critical national defense mission of AEDC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)

Daryl Osteen, left, a test operations engineer, John VanScoten, an outside machinist, and other Team AEDC personnel work in the control room of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) Aerodynamic and Propulsion Test Unit (APTU), May 20, 2020, while wearing masks to help mitigate risk associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The APTU team has performed their tasks, providing hypersonic testing capabilities, without interruption during the pandemic. Hypersonics is considered a critical field for national defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)

Daryl Osteen, left, a test operations engineer, John VanScoten, an outside machinist, and other Team AEDC personnel work in the control room of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) Aerodynamic and Propulsion Test Unit (APTU), May 20, 2020, while wearing masks to help mitigate risk associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The APTU team has performed their tasks, providing hypersonic testing capabilities, without interruption during the pandemic. Hypersonics is considered a critical field for national defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. --