The Flight Loads Laboratory (FLL) was constructed in 1964 to perform combined mechanical load and thermal tests of structural components and complete flight vehicles and to calibrate and evaluate flight loads instrumentation under the conditions expected in flight.
The FLL is a part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, California. With its accessibility to the Rogers Dry Lake and the Edwards Air Force Base flight line, the FLL is ideally suited to conduct structural tests on many experimental vehicles. The FLL supports the broad spectrum of flight-research programs of NASA, Department of Defense, private industry, and other aerospace organizations.
The FLL consists of a large high-bay test area with adjacent laboratories, offices, and storage area. The 164- by 120-foot reinforced concrete floor contains tie-down slots to anchor test setups and is accessed from the entry ramp by a 136- by 40-foot door. The open area for testing is approximately 146 by 113 ft. A 5-ton rail crane with a maximum hook height of 39 ft services the entire test area floor.
The FLL incorporates systems for mechanical and thermal structural testing, as well as for data acquisition and test control. The data acquisition and test control room is on the second floor overlooking the main test area. Instrumentation and electronic support laboratories are also provided. Closed-circuit television for remote monitoring, a public address system, and a headset audio communications system are additional features of the FLL.