Yuma Proving Ground

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.