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Vibration & Acoustics Test Facility

    General Vibration LaboratoryGeneral Vibration Laboratory
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    The Vibration & Acoustics Test Facility (VATF) provides vibration and shock testing of spaceflight hardware to ensure that functionality is not impaired by severe launch and landing environments.

    Major Facility Features:

    • Total Floor Area: 7,500 sq. ft.
    • Robust Vibration Capability (5 to 2000 Hz)
    • Wide Array of Shakers (Vertical, Dual Horizontal)
    • Modern Vibration Control and Data Acquisition Systems

    Core Test Capabilities:

    • Development Testing
    • Anomaly Resolution
    • Qualification Vibration Testing
    • Acceptance Vibration Testing

    Testing Facilities

    Crew Quarters Modal TestingCrew Quarters Modal Testing
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    General Vibration Laboratory (GVL)
    Provides vibration testing from 5 to 2000 Hz with up to 40,000 lbf. in three orthogonal axes.  Provides great flexibility of test configuration with various numbers of shakers, universal test fixtures, multi-shaker control, and human-rated crew member vibration, and high speed video.

    Modal Operations Laboratory (MOL)
    Determination of structural natural frequencies, damping, mode shapes, correlation with math models, application to inspection for faults.  Testing performed in the lab or at remote sites.

    Sonic Fatigue Laboratory (SFL)
    Provides vibro-acoustic structural testing to high sound pressure levels of components & smaller sub-systems in a reverberant chamber that features a 20' by 15' panel test section.  A complementary progressive wave tube can test flat panels up to 11' by 6'.  Continuous operation provided by air compressors.

    Spacecraft Acoustic Laboratory (SAL)
    Provides vibro-acoustic structural testing of large structures to high sound pressure levels in a reverberant chamber having floor dimensions of 38.83' x 47.33' and a ceiling height of either 32.67' or 75'.  Continuous operation provided by air compressors.

    Spacecraft Vibration Laboratory (SVL)
    Provides vibration testing of structures that  range  from small spacecraft components to large structural assemblies including entire vehicles.  Multi-level platforms provide personnel access to large test articles.

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