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Location. Overview. Large Buffer Zone and Controlled Remote Property for Hazardous Testing Moderate Desert Climate Ideal for Year-round Testing Existing Environmental Permits in Place for Hazardous Testing. Overview. Constructed in 1962-64 to Support Apollo Project

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Overview

  • Large Buffer Zone and Controlled Remote Property for Hazardous Testing

  • Moderate Desert Climate Ideal for Year-round Testing

  • Existing Environmental Permits in Place for Hazardous Testing


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Overview

  • Constructed in 1962-64 to Support Apollo Project

  • Subsidiary Unit of NASA Johnson Space Center

  • Occupies 28 square miles of the SW Corner of WSMR

  • Annual Budget is ~ $90 Million

  • ~ 60 NASA and~ 630 Contractor Personnel



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Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide the expertise and infrastructure to test and evaluate spacecraft materials, components, and propulsion systems to enable the safe exploration and use of space.


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Customer Base

  • Johnson Space Center - Shuttle Orbiter, Payloads, International Space Station, Crew Training, Constellation Program, and Special Projects

  • NASA Headquarters and Other Field Centers

  • Other US Government Agencies - Army, Navy, Air Force, DOD, DOE, EPA

  • Commercial Industry




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Constellation: Test and Evaluation

  • Materials and Components Evaluation

  • Propulsion Systems Development

  • Orbital Debris

  • COPV


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Constellation

Support Launch Operations

Row Control Engine Test Development

Peacekeeper 4-stage Hardware Harvesting

Launch Facility Design

and Construction


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Non-NASA

  • Air Force

    • Peacekeeper 4th Stage Demilitarization

    • Minuteman Upper Stage Life Tests

    • Mobile Oxygen Storage Tanks

  • Navy

    • Material Offgassing Tests

  • Army and DOE

    • Support Services, Cleaning, Calibration

  • Industry

    • Pratt And Whitney - Engine Development Tests

    • Aerojet - Engine Tests

    • SpaceX - Material OxygenCompatibility Test

    • Wendell Hull Associates - Material/Components OxygenCompatibility Test

    • ASTM G4 Community - Material/Components OxygenCompatibility Test


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Facilities

  • Rocket Engine System Test Stands with Vacuum

  • Long-duration Large-altitude Simulation System

  • Full-scale Hypergolic and Cryogenic Propulsion Test Systems

  • Chemistry and Metallurgical Laboratories

  • Flight Component Repair, Refurbishment, and Test Facilities

  • High Energy Blast Facility

  • Oxygen-enriched Atmosphere Test Facilities

  • Hypergolic Materials and Components Test Facilities

  • Hypervelocity and Low Velocity Impact Test Facilities

  • White Sands Space Harbor Launch and Landing Site



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Laboratories Test

  • Micrometeoroid/Debris Hypervelocity Impact Testing

  • Propellant and Explosion Hazards Assessment

  • Research on Flammability of Materials including Metals in Oxygen-enriched Atmospheres


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Laboratories Test

Components Failure

Test and Analysis

Molecular Analysis of Surface Effects using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy


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Hardware Processing

Critical Flight Hardware Assembly

Flight Critical System

Components Refurbishment

Flight Hardware Production


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Hardware Processing

Precision Cleaning of Flight Critical Items

Industrial and Scientific Imaging and Documentation

Measurement Standards

and Calibration Lab


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Propulsion Test

Shuttle PRCS Thruster Hot-fire Testing

Cassini – Saturn Orbit Insertion Engine Glows during 3-h 20-min Continuous Firing

Minuteman Qualification Firing inside Vacuum Test Cell


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Propulsion Test

Night Firing of Shuttle Forward RCS Primary and Vernier Thrusters


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Propulsion Test

Static Firing of

DC-X with 4 LOX/Hydrogen

RL10-A5 Engines

DC-X Executes

Vertical Landing at WSMR


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White Sands Space Harbor

  • Orbiter Approach and Landing Training Facility

  • Restricted, Controlled Airspace

  • Long, Wide Lakebed Runways

  • Year-round Flying Weather

  • No “Bird-strike” Problems


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White Sands Space Harbor

  • Landing Training for Astronauts

  • Landing/NAVAID Development

  • Procedure Development

  • Contingency STS Landing Site

  • Training Aircraft Hangared at El Paso Airport

  • Scheduled 250 Days for Flight Time

  • Average 190 Days Flown


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Alternative Energy

  • WSTF Renewable Energy Program

  • Wind Power

  • Class 4 – 5 Wind Site

  • Install 3 – 4 MW to Provide Energy to WSTF (NASA funded)

  • Install 70 – 100 MW (third party investor)

  • Challenges:

  • Construct a Road up the Mountain

  • WSMR land (lease third party investor)

  • Funding

  • Solar Power

  • Southwest has Great Potential for Solar

  • Install at least 1 MW for WSTF (NASA funded, NASA land)

  • Install 100 MW (third party investor)

  • Challenges:

  • Resolve BLM Land Issues (thirdparty investor)


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Educational and Community Outreach

  • NASA Explorer Schools in New Mexico

  • Design Competitions

  • FIRST Robotics Program

  • New Mexico MESA and MESA USA

  • Schools & Regional Science and Engineering Fairs

  • Science Education Alliance and the SCIAD Program

  • Educational Tours of WSTF

  • DC-9 Microgravity Fly High Program

  • X PRIZE and International Symposium for Personal Spaceflight

  • Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee

  • Dona Ana County Spaceport Educational Initiative

  • Hydrogen Technology Partnership (HyTeP)

  • Oxygen and Hydrogen Safe System Operations Training to NMSU and area hospitals

  • Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP)


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Economic Impact of WSTF Installation

  • NASA White Sands Test Facility

  • Families 600

  • Payroll $29.2 Million

  • Total Contract Value $58.0 Million

  • Budget $86.7 Million

  • Local Area Purchases and Subcontracts

  • Other New Mexico $1,641,879

  • Las Cruces $1,430,069

  • El Paso $1,276,890

  • Albuquerque $ 834,820

  • Alamogordo $ 56,788


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