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FACILITIES

Electroplating SDO Instrument

Electroplating facilities in the Advanced Manufacturing Branch. Capabilities include Electro-plating, Cleaning, Surface Finishing, Electro-forming, Chemical Milling, Anodizing, Iriditing, Buffing & Polishing, and the Electro-plating Analysis Laboratory

Solar Dynamics Observatory Instrument Module in the Composites Manufacturing facilities of the Advanced Manufacturing Branch. Capabilities include …

 

Machining Technology facilities in the Advanced Manufacturing Branch. Capabilities include Lathes & Mills, CNC Machining, Electric Discharge Machining, and Water Jet Machining. The High Capacity Centrifuge (HCC) managed by the Environmental Test Engineering and Integration Branch simulates launch and landing loads of up to 30 times the force of gravity on spacecraft hardware.

Machining Technology facilities in the Advanced Manufacturing Branch. Capabilities include Lathes & Mills, CNC Machining, Electric Discharge Machining, and Water Jet Machining.

The High Capacity Centrifuge (HCC) managed by the Environmental Test Engineering and Integration Branch simulates launch and landing loads of up to 30 times the force of gravity on spacecraft hardware.

 

The Acoustic Test Facility tests various sized scientific satellites, subsystems, and components. It consists of the reverberation chamber, acoustic horns, noise generators, control console, and data handling system and can generate up to 150 dB of sound. Space Environment Simulation (SES) test chamber

The Acoustic Test Facility tests various sized scientific satellites, subsystems, and components. It consists of the reverberation chamber, acoustic horns, noise generators, control console, and data handling system and can generate up to 150 dB of sound.

The Space Environment Simulation (SES) test chamber is capable of achieving ultra low pressure and a wide range of thermal conditions..

 

The Spacecraft Systems Development and Integration Facility (SSDIF) The vibration test facility

The Spacecraft Systems Development and Integration Facility (SSDIF) is an 86,000 square foot building used to integrate and test space hardware. This facility houses the 1.3 million cubic foot High Bay Clean Room. The largest of its kind anywhere, this clean room plays an important role in integration and test of the James Webb Space Telescope

The vibration test facility provides all necessary services and equipment to perform shock and vibration testing of spacecraft and subsystems.

 

The Spacecraft Magnetic Test Facility The Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Electromagnetic Compatibility facilities

The Spacecraft Magnetic Test Facility was built in 1966 to allow the evaluation of magnetic movement in spacecraft. The building is constructed on non-magnetic materials and contains a magnetic coil system that allows the cancellation of the Earth's magnetic field. This unique building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

The Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Electromagnetic Compatibility facilities test spacecraft to see their susceptibility to electromagnetism as well as how their EM fields might influence other components. In this photo the GPM observatory is undergoing EMI/EMC testing.

 

The Contamination and Coatings Engineering Branch The solar wind facility Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) facility

The Contamination and Coatings Engineering Branch operates large and small spray booth facilities for applying thermal control coatings.

The solar wind facility, managed by the Contamination and Coatings Engineering Branch, allows exposure to protons, electrons and  solar irradiation, with in-situ reflectance measurements at wavelengths between 250 nm and 2200 nm.

The Contamination and Coatings Engineering Branch’s Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) facility measures transmitted and scattered light as a function of incident and scattering angle at three wavelengths.

 

Inorganic and Organic Chemical Analyses Equipment

Inorganic and Organic Chemical Analyses can be performed by the Materials Engineering Branch using various techniques including Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Disspersive Spectroscopy, Optical Emission Spectroscopy, Fourier Trannsform Infrared Spectroscopy, UV/Vis Spectroscopy, and Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry

 

Mechanical and Thermomechanical properties of materials are determined using a variety of instruments including a laser Interferometer, a Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer, Universal testing Machines, and Micro-scale Mechanical Testers

 

Small Scale Mechanical Testing

 

541 X-ray Computed MicroTomography (mCT) System (upper center), capable of providing quantitative 3D imaging of spaceflight hardware.  Various scan examples from different projects shown in surrounding images.

 

The Materials Engineering Branch maintains a number of environmental test facilities which are used subject material samples to the environments they’ll experience during spaceflight.

The Materials Engineering Branch maintains a number of environmental test facilities which are used subject material samples to the environments they’ll experience during spaceflight.

 

Thermal Lab

The Thermal Lab is operated by the Thermal Engineering branch and used in the development and testing of new thermal control technologies.  The branch is a leader in two-phase heat transfer development and testing of Heat Pipes and Loop Heat Pipes.  Equipment includes numerous thermal vacuum chambers, two-phase thermal test beds, electronics and test equipment.

 

 

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    Goddard Space Flight Center
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    8800 Greenbelt Road
    Greenbelt, Maryland 20771