test bed


Definition of test bed 

: a vehicle (such as an airplane) used for testing new equipment (such as engines or weapons systems) broadly : any device, facility, or means for testing something in development

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Part of that increased budget would have to be dedicated to building new infrastructure, such as fast-flux test facilities and other system test beds. David Roberts, Vox, "The US is rapidly losing nuclear power. That’s profoundly concerning for climate change.," 11 July 2018 Should gene-drive technology prove effective at controlling rodents, islands are an ideal test bed, says Heath Packard, director of Island Conservation in Santa Cruz, California, a GBIRd partner that focuses on eradicating invasive pests. Ewen Callaway, Scientific American, "Controversial CRISPR “Gene Drives” Tested in Mammals for the First Time," 10 July 2018 Obviously, Niklas' boat is a fantastic showcase opportunity and a test bed. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom pioneers electric racing yacht," 7 May 2018 Once considered mere gathering places for teens, skate parks have emerged in recent years as intriguing test beds for forward-thinking urban ideas. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Luxembourg skatepark design nods to 17th-century fortress nearby," 13 June 2018 But the main purpose of the near-lunar habitat will be as a test bed for the new-generation electric propulsion systems that will also be crucial for a Mars trip. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "This Is NASA's Plan For Humanity's Return to the Moon, and Beyond," 8 Dec. 2016 Ford has been using Miami as a test bed for its self-driving vehicles since earlier this year. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford’s ‘self-driving’ vans are now delivering food in Miami," 11 June 2018 As Berger points out, throughout the 1980s, the MiG-105 was used less as a way for the Soviets to get that space plane design in orbit, and more as a test bed for the Buran space shuttle program. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Next-Gen ISS Ship Is a Decades-Old Soviet Project," 19 Jan. 2016 That still allows planners to use the model as a test bed to game out the consequences of taking action A, B, or C. M. Mitchell Waldrop, Science | AAAS, "What if a nuke goes off in Washington, D.C.? Simulations of artificial societies help planners cope with the unthinkable," 12 Apr. 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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