Friday, March 15, 2013

Certifying for Space Flight

I worked 18 years at the Johnson Space Center
by Stacy H.

I am a Lockheed Martin retiree, having worked 18 of over 39 years in the Vibration and Acoustic Test Facility at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. We tested the Apollo and Shuttle components above the primary rocket and most of the experiments and crew gear that went up in space. We developed special electronic test support equipment and computer support software for the test facilities at the Johnson Space Center. Highlights were testing the separation of the Apollo lunar modules lander and ascent craft, testing astronauts working capabilities as we vibrated the spacecraft, testing the Shuttle escape pole (after the loss of the first Shuttle) at Edwards Air Force Base with the Shuttle escape hatch mounted in a C-141 Starlifter and testing Space Station components in our world-class acoustic test laboratory. Also, our lift-off and sound barrier environmental testing of the flight components often caused a "return to the drawing board" by the builders to correct discovered over-stressed area in the prototypes. They failed!! That's why the final product was good to go!

Congratulations on your Centennial!