SOURCE: Ascendant Engineering Services

May 01, 2012 12:21 ET

Design World Profiles Ascendant Engineering Services' Small Arms Weapon Shock Simulator

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - Design World, one of the engineering industry's most respected magazines, has written an extensive profile on Ascendant Engineering Services' Small Arms Weapon Shock Simulator (WSS) in its March issue.

Ascendant ( has already sold nearly a dozen of the sophisticated simulators, which were made available last year to the U.S. Military as well as companies that sell products and services into the defense industry.

"Military agencies spend a lot of time and money testing equipment that will be used in the field," wrote Steve Meyer, Contributing Editor of the magazine. "No one wants to be in the middle of armed conflict. But if you have to be there, you want to be sure that all your gear works the way it's supposed to."

This is where the WSS comes into play.

The U.S. Military used to require a soldier to take a newly configured weapon system to the gun range and fire the weapon thousands of times before it could be certified for use. This was problematic on several fronts: the cost to deploy the test resources, the cost of the ammunition, range safety concerns and the fact that environmental toxins are deposited into the ground and released into the atmosphere.

"We believed there was a better way," said Jon Noeth, the president of Ascendant, which already provided products and solutions to the military on many other fronts. Years in the making, the WSS has become a qualified success in the marketplace. The U.S. Army, for example, approved the Weapon Shock Simulator as a substitute for live fire testing last fall. With the Army on board, many other customers lined up to purchase the system.

Design World's piece, entitled "Gunning for Mechanical Precision," affirms the market's demand for such a product. The complete article can be found online at Other reports have also appeared in the Austin American Statesman ( and KVUE, the local ABC affiliate in Austin:

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