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World’s Largest Vacuum

Posted by Lydia on March 1st, 2011

SPF Have you ever wondered where the world’s largest vacuum is located and what it could be used for? Well, fear not, and wonder no more as here is the answer to all your persistent questions!

If you ever find yourself near NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s Space Power Facility located at Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, you would be within shouting distance of this grandiose marvel. Constructed of Type 5083 grade aluminum and at one hundred feet in diameter and one hundred twenty two feet in height, with flooring able to support three hundred tons in weight, the Space Power Facility’s (SPF) Aluminium Vacuum Chamber was built to simulate the vacuum of space and to test space flight vehicles. It was also been used to test “non-nuclear space hardware in a low earth orbiting environment”. Although the building is designed to test nuclear hardware as well, this type of testing has not been carried out. Some of the hardware tested at this site include those required for the Mars Lander systems, deployable Solar Sails, many types of hardware used on the International Space Station, and other high-energy experiments and rocket-fairing separation tests.

More information on this highly interesting testing chamber : NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s Space Power Facility

4 people have commented

George hilario said,

that is interesting! it will help a lot in future tasks..wish you guys the best>:)


Mitch in Toronto said,

total ‘sealing force’ imparted along an imaginary horizontal parting line would be .. total area above parting line (in square inches) times 14.9 lbs. A whole lotta weight (force)!


jeffery mills said,

the spallation on the star i am attemping, in finding the daily report for every days activity.


David said,

ah, so that’s where the moon landings were shot. ^^


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