University of Manchester Wind Tunnels


The University of Manchester, in its present form, was created in 2004 by the amalgamation of the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST, making itself the largest single-site university in the UK.

The University offers excellent space research capabilities supported by unique experimental facilities across an extensive range of research areas including supersonic/hypersonic flows, control systems, space system engineering, remote sensing, GIS & spatial modelling, atmospheric science, isotope geochemistry and cosmochemistry.


The University has two high-speed wind tunnel facilities, which could be of interest to the space community. Their technical specifications can be found in the links below. One of these two tunnels, i.e. the Hypersonic Tunnel, is part of the National Wind Tunnel Facilities. The University is committed to maintain its experimental facilities to high standards. Both facilities can be made accessible to external users, subject to normal commercial terms..