From scorching heat to bitter cold, from bone dry to monsoon wet: soldiers and their equipment need to be able to handle it all.
And there's one organization helping lead the charge.
The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center helps protect our soldiers from biological and chemical weapons.
But it's not just the enemy the center worries about - it's also the weather.
"This has been an age old practice that's constantly evolving," says Joe Grodecki.
It's a room filled with a multitude of chambers, from a shake and roll simulator to a train car tester, all to make sure a soldier's equipment is ready for whatever comes their way.
"We can do hydrostatic, compression, transportability, different environmental tests as well," Grodecki adds.
While it's beautiful weather outside their offices, it's a different story inside, simulating temperatures ranging from -10 - 140 degrees.
"For one item, we have a 12 week test where it stays in an environment chamber for 12 weeks and it has to stay at 115 degrees and 85% relative humidity," Grodecki explains.
And it doesn't stop there; the center can also simulate a torrential downpour inside its rain chamber. Once the rain chamber gets going, it can simulate up to four inches/hour.
"We can understand how labels can withstand certain environmental conditions, how seals, tape, certain things, cardboard boxes, can handle certain extremes," Grodecki adds.
And they're taking their skill beyond the military, opening up their lab for private businesses to test out their own goods.
"It's a broad range from a company that sell military equipment that maybe we don't help manage or engineer to McDonalds wanting to test their new packaging and want to put it in our rain chamber to make sure that their packaging can last over a period of time," says Grodecki.
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