NEIL ARMSTRONG ADVOCACY COALITION
ARMSTRONG TEST FACILITY
Ohio is home to the world’s largest proving grounds for testing space flight hardware before launch. The NASA Neil A. Arsmtrong Test Facility (ATF) is located on 6,400 acres of secure land just outside Sandusky. The facilities at ATF have helped to make Ohio a leader in the aerospace industry. Private aerospace companies from around the globe have tested their flight articles in conditions that simulate the vacuum, heat and cold of space. SpaceX and Blue Origin have utilized ATF recently and NASA tested the Orion Crew Capsule in the world’s largest thermal-vacuum chamber at ATF. This capsule will return American astronauts to the moon and on to Mars in the years to come. The NASA Armstrong Advocacy Coalition (NAAC) is working to ensure the ongoing success of ATF through advocacy, education, and marketing.
The new organizational structure provides more discipline and allows us to focus on economic development priorities. Advocacy, marketing and education are at the heart of all that we do.
ABOUT ARMSTRONG TEST FACILITY
Most of the testing that occurs at Armstrong is not done by NASA. Private aerospace companies utilize the unique testing facilities and help to pay the bills. That is critically important for the long-term survival of the station. We continually evaluate and promote diversification to make certain all the land and facilities at Armstrong are being used to their full potential. Recent efforts have been centered around Department of Defense (DOD) utilization of the Hypersonic Test Facility (HTF). NASA does not have a current use for HTF, and hypersonic research is vital to DOD programs. While ATF is dedicated to science, there is a certain artform involved in convincing legislators and government officials to think and work beyond what has been done in the past.
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