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The Use of Environmental Test Facilities for Purposes Beyond Their Original DesignIncreasing demands from space flight project offices are requiring environmental testing facilities to become more versatile with increased capabilities. At the same time, maintaining a cost-effective approach to test operations has driven efforts to use these facilities for purposes beyond their original design. This paper presents an overview of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's efforts to provide JPL's space flight projects with test facilities to meet unique test requirements and to serve the needs of selected outside customers. The large number of recent Mars Missions, including the Mars Pathfinder project, have required testing of components and systems in a Martian surface environment in facilities originally designed for deep space testing. The unique problems associated with performing these tests are discussed, along with practical solutions. Other unique test requirements are discussed including the use of space simulation chambers for testing high altitude balloon gondolas and the use of vacuum chambers for system level test firing of an ion propulsion engine.
Document ID
20000120463
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Fisher, Terry C.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Marner, W. J.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 2000
Publication Information
Publication: Twenty-first Space Simulation Conference: The Future of Space Simulation Testing in the 21st Century
Subject Category
Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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