Our Facilities

70 Tonne Turntable

Our large turntable facility allows the precise rotation of large platforms or installations for test purposes.

The turntable facility is part of the RF plotting range capability at Malvern Optical. 

However, it’s utility extends across multiple technical disciplines, useful for when rotation of a large test sample or sensing equipment is required with respect to a separate receiver or the environment.

Outside of the traditional antenna polar plot use case, the turntable has been used for many other applications such as in signature assessment, ground intercept, audio evaluation and atmospheric characterisation.

The 7.3 m diameter turntable can accommodate loads of up to 70 tonnes and can also provide power onboard. The rotational speed is up to 6 rotations per minute in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. 

Armoured Vehicle on 70 Tonne Testing Turntable
Military vehicle on turntable

Anchoring points are available for securing antenna structures, if required. Remote monitoring and control of the turntable is possible from any receiver position.

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Our unique capabilities

Testing &
evaluation

We can support the testing and evaluation of materials, systems and platforms.

Research & development

Our technical teams are involved in the development of novel materials and systems. 

Technical consultancy

Our scientists and engineers can provide ad-hoc support or fully integrate with your team.

Other specialist
facilities

Explore our other first-class test and experimentation facilities at our Pershore site.

Site Location

Our 70 Tonne Turntable is located at our site on Throckmorton Airfield.

Formally known as RAF Pershore, Throck Morton Airfield is home to the Throckmorton Air Show and was built in the 1940s, during the Second World War and was home to No 23 Operational Training Unit equipped with Wellington bombers.

Malvern Optical,
Hangar 3, Throckmorton Airfield,
Long Ln, Throckmorton,
Pershore WR10 2JH

Aerial photograph of pershore facility

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Our Other Facilities

Our first-class facilities in Pershore, UK provide laboratory and outdoor range capabilities to enable a wide range of experimentation and field trials.

An RF quiet environment for sensitive electromagnetic testing of very large platforms and equipment.
The large turntable, antenna array and plotting hut allows the measurement of antenna radiated patterns.
This Facility provides a large test area with controlled lighting conditions, from twilight to complete darkness.
Malvern Optical has access to a laser and imaging range over 450m which can accommodate lasers up to Class 4.
Malvern Optical has a suite of measurement equipment that can be used both in the laboratory and field.
Our specialist materials laboratories can be used to create prototype novel materials for evaluation.
We can evaluate commercially available and prototype electro-optic sensors using our extensive facilities.

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If you want to find out more about our unique facilities and if we are a good fit for your projects, get in touch today and we’ll arrange a free consultation.