General Mission

The U.S. Army Redstone Test Center (RTC) is located on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. RTC provides technical expertise, state-of-the-art facilities, and capabilities to plan, execute, and report the test results on missile and aviation system, subsystems, and components. Army proven, battle ready! 

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Day in the Life

With more than 14,000 acres, or about one-third of the land area of Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, we’ve provided cutting edge test and evaluation support for our customers since the early 1950's. Our strength lies in the highly skilled workforce dedicated to the mission of providing the safest and most effective weapons systems possible to the Soldiers in the field.

Local Attractions

Located in the Appalachian region of northern Alabama, Huntsville is the most populous city in the state and has consistently been named the best place to live in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report. It is also in close proximity to larger metropolitan areas such as Nashville, Birmingham, and Atlanta. Local attractions include the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the U.S. Veteran’s Memorial Museum, Huntsville Botanical Garden, Lake Guntersville State Park, and the Orion Amphitheater among other arts, entertainment, and nearby attractions.

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Historical Facts

The U.S. Army Redstone Test Center originally started out on 1 February 1956 when the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA) was established at Redstone Arsenal to field the Army’s first intermediate ballistic Missile. Over the course of the next 50 years, this organization evolved and changed while sticking to its core mission. It finally became Redstone Test Center in October 2010. For a more thorough and detailed history, please click here.

Reasons to Work at Redstone Test Center

A few current employees provided some quotes about what they like most about working at RTC:

  • Every day is different, working on the ranges, in the air, or in state-of-the-art laboratories.
  • I get to blow stuff up every day!
  • RTC/ATEC is a unique opportunity to work as an engineer in an exciting environment that doesn’t have you at a desk for hours a day. It’s a hand-on opportunity to support the warfighter in a meaningful way by ensuring the equipment they use will work. 
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