Big projects helped Wright-Patt become a national hub for innovation

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base further cemented its status as a hub for aerospace innovation for the U.S. Air Force and beyond this week through a partnership with NASA.

Nine NASA astronauts and one Boeing astronaut are visiting Wright-Patt on Thursday and today for medical evaluations and fittings. They became the first people to use the new centrifuge for training in NASA?s Commercial Crew Program, according to the base.

The centrifuge ? which cost $34.4 million and was dedicated in August after five years of delays ? is the world?s most advanced of its kind. It is the latest project on base to boost Wright-Patt?s status as a center of aerospace advancement.