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Accession Number N20130003315
Title Guidance on the Stand Down, Mothball, and Reactivation of Ground Test Facilities.
Publication Date Jan 2013
Media Count 35p
Personal Author G. T. Volkman S. C. Dunn
Abstract The development of aerospace and aeronautics products typically requires three distinct types of testing resources across research, development, test, and evaluation: experimental ground testing, computational 'testing' and development, and flight testing. Over the last twenty plus years, computational methods have replaced some physical experiments and this trend is continuing. The result is decreased utilization of ground test capabilities and, along with market forces, industry consolidation, and other factors, has resulted in the stand down and oftentimes closure of many ground test facilities. Ground test capabilities are (and very likely will continue to be for many years) required to verify computational results and to provide information for regimes where computational methods remain immature. Ground test capabilities are very costly to build and to maintain, so once constructed and operational it may be desirable to retain access to those capabilities even if not currently needed. One means of doing this while reducing ongoing sustainment costs is to stand down the facility into a "mothball" status - keeping it alive to bring it back when needed. Both NASA and the US Department of Defense have policies to accomplish the mothball of a facility, but with little detail. This paper offers a generic process to follow that can be tailored based on the needs of the owner and the applicable facility.
Keywords Cost reduction
Defense program
Flight tests
Ground tests
Research and development
Test facilities

Source Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NTIS Subject Category 51F - Test Facilities & Equipment
85A - Air Transportation
Corporate Author National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hampton, VA. Langley Research Center.
Document Type Conference proceedings
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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