Yuma Proving Ground

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Top U.S. Army officials were at the Yuma Proving Ground on Wednesday to celebrate the first phase of a project they say will guide the agency for the next 40 years. 


A group of eight soldiers and civilians from the Airborne Test Force at the Yuma Proving Ground are making face masks from parachute rigging gear for thousands at the base. 

Kim Johnson

The Army showed the media it's newest artillery cannon Friday.  The XM1299 prototype is being tested at the Yuma Proving Ground.  


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The U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground is a source of pride for people who live in southwestern Arizona.  It’s main mission – support the U.S. military (and sometimes military from other nations) by making sure the equipment it uses, everything from clothing to flashlights, vehicles and weapons, are effective and safe to use. But that is far from all that happens at the busy facility.

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Yuma Proving Ground Throws 75th Anniversary Gala

Feb 6, 2018
Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

Yuma Proving Ground celebrated its 75th anniversary this weekend with a free event for the public.  KAWC’s Maya Springhawk Robnett was there…

NASA's Orion Capsule Parachute Test Postponed, then Successful

Dec 22, 2017

The most recent test for NASA’s Orion capsule parachute system at the Yuma Proving Ground was postponed for two days.  But a successful test did (eventually) take place.  Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk was at the Yuma Proving Ground for the test…

Yuma Proving Ground Nears Its 75th Anniversary

Oct 31, 2017
Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

Yuma Proving Ground, the U.S. Army’s weapons testing and training military installation near the city of Yuma, is coming up on its 75th anniversary in February.  And the proving ground has already begun preparations.   For the Arizona Science Desk, Maya Springhawk Robnett reports…

A Taste of Pi at Yuma Proving Ground

Mar 15, 2017
US Army photo by Mark Schauer

Mathematics is the key to engineering—and weapons testing.  Yuma Proving Ground celebrated the role of one mathematical component on March 14.  Maya Springhawk Robnett got a taste of Pi Day…

Giant Space Gun Sits in Arizona Desert: The Story Behind HARP

Sep 2, 2016
Maya Springhawk Robnett / Arizona Science Desk; KAWC

To send something into space, the accepted technique is to launch it with a rocket. In the 1960s, however, a Canadian visionary proposed the radical idea to simply shoot through the atmosphere—with a giant space gun. Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports.

Yuma Proving Ground Hosts Foreign Military Weapons Testing

Jul 26, 2016
Maya Springhawk Robnett / Arizona Science Desk; KAWC

Artillery responds to changes in climate, and when soldiers want to test weapons in a hot, dry environment, one of the places they come to—is a Yuma Army Base.  And it’s not just U.S. military operations.   Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports.

NASA Capsule Parachute Test at Yuma Proving Ground Scrubbed

Jul 5, 2016
Maya Springhawk Robnett / Arizona Science Desk; KAWC

Scientists and technicians from NASA gathered in the desert near Yuma recently, hoping to test a parachute for the Orion Mars mission capsule.  As Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk was on-site, things didn’t quite go as planned...


NASA tested the parachute system of the Orion spacecraft using a mock capsule at the Yuma Proving Ground on Aug. 26, 2015. The 11-parachute system will slow the vehicle during the last phase of descent after a mission, ensuring astronauts can land safely.

Read more about the test here: http://kawc.org/post/nasa-orion-mission-one-step-closer-manned-flight

NASA Orion Mission One Step Closer To Manned Flight

Aug 26, 2015
Amanda Solliday - KAWC

Before mankind takes that giant leap to Mars, there are a lot of smaller steps men and women are taking here on Earth to prepare for the mission.

To test the Orion spacecraft's landing parachutes, the crew dropped a model of the capsule from 35,000 feet above the Army’s Yuma Proving Ground on August 26.

This remote part of the Sonoran Desert is a perfect place for a spacecraft test. You can usually count on a few things like no rain, few clouds and an isolated place to land.

Yuma Proving Ground tests M777 Howitzer

Apr 15, 2015
Stephanie Sanchez

AZED-The Yuma Proving Ground is one of the largest military installations in the world.

YPG, located 25 miles northeast of Yuma conducts a wide variety of military tests from long range artillery, armored vehicles to unmanned aerial systems.

With a sunny climate, vast terrain and range facilities, it is an ideal environment for testing and training conditions year round.

The test facility is larger than the state of Rhode Island and is one of the Army’s busiest testing centers.

Archaeology at YPG

Oct 7, 2014

The challenges of preserving historic sites at the Army's Yuma Proving Ground...

Yuma Proving Ground is one of the largest military installations in the world. The over 1300 square mile facility is used to test nearly every weapon, vehicle and piece of equipment used in the military.

The testing areas at YPG are so vast that in some parts of the installation there are sites and artifacts that are thousands of years old.

Arizona Edition – In the kick-off of a new regular series on Arizona Towns and Interesting Places, KAWC’s Kim Johnson travels the region to help paint a better picture of the state.  In the first installment of the series, he takes a look at the community of–YPG? (Originally aired 08/14/14).

This piece was featured in the August 18th Arizona Edition.  Other pieces featured in the show can be found below in the related content section.

Arizona Edition - The U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground has a new commander.  The mantle of command was passed last week from Col. Reed Young to Col. Randy Murray in ceremonies that trace back to the American Revolution.  KAWC’s Kim Johnson was there and files this report…(originally aired 06/25/14).

This piece was featured in the June 25th Arizona Edition.  Other pieces featured in the show can be found below in the related content section.

Arizona Edition - Dedication ceremonies were held at the end of last week for the newest facility on board the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground—the world's largest vertical wind tunnel.  KAWC's Kim Johnson attended and tells us why the wind tunnel is an important addition to the base...(originally aired 01/29/14).

This piece was featured in the January 29th Arizona Edition.  Other pieces featured in the show can be found in the related content section below.

C-RAM System Testing at Yuma Proving Ground

Oct 23, 2013
Yuma Proving Ground

The Yuma Proving Ground recently conducted new tests on the C-RAM system, a weapon which spits out bursts of gunfire.  KAWC's Maya Springhawk Robnett reports...

Final preparations are underway for Wednesday’s Orion space capsule parachute drop test at the Yuma Proving Ground. KAWC’s Karen Zamora went to the hanger at the Yuma International Airport to see how NASA officials will prepare for the event.

Yuma Regional Medical Center

On Arizona Edition, KAWC’s Lou Gum attends the groundbreaking for Yuma Regional Medical Center’s new Cancer Center and looks into how it will affect local cancer patients.  Also, KAWC’s Kim Johnson visits an eco-friendly car-making competition at Yuma Proving Ground…(originally aired on 05/20/13)

Arizona Edition – Democrat Fred DuVal talks to KAWC’s Lou Gum about running for governor of Arizona in 2014...(originally aired on 05/20/13)

Army Artwork on Display at the Yuma Art Center

Jan 14, 2013
Yuma Art Center

  This past weekend, Yuma Proving Ground and Marine Corps Air Station-Yuma prepared the 2013 Spirit of Yuma Military Festival.  The festival was in Yuma’s historic north end it featured live music and entertainment.

The festival marked the opening of an exhibit in the Yuma Art Center of art created by military personnel that will be on display for the next six weeks.  KAWC’s Michelle Faust visited the exhibit with the curator of the Yuma Proving Ground Museum and Heritage center, Bill Heidner and brings us this story…