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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
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
mission statement
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.

customer base
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
constellation test and evaluation
Constellation: Test and Evaluation
  • Materials and Components Evaluation
  • Propulsion Systems Development
  • Orbital Debris
  • COPV
constellation
Constellation

Support Launch Operations

Row Control Engine Test Development

Peacekeeper 4-stage Hardware Harvesting

Launch Facility Design

and Construction

non nasa
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
facilities
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

hardware processing
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

propulsion test
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

white sands space harbor
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
alternative energy
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)
educational and community outreach
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)
economic impact of wstf installation
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