Project Info

  • Client National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Location Greenbelt, MD
  • Size 4,895 sf

Feasibility Study for the Modernization of the Spacecraft Magnetic Test Facility

Built in 1966, the Spacecraft Magnetic Test Facility is the only facility of its type in NASA’s inventory. Registered as a National Historic Landmark, the facility is capable of negating the effects of the Earth’s magnetic field and simulating the magnetic fields found in space. The facility had been altered over time and its operational capacity had deteriorated due to lack of proper maintenance. GES was engaged to provide fire suppression and fire alarm/detection analysis for a feasibility study to restore the SMTF to its original technical capability. The 60-foot square building contains the payload test facility which includes a 42 foot circular Braunbeck coil system, 9.5 foot Helmholtz coils providing DC and AC fields, nonmagnetic building construction and transport facilities, and a HEPA air conditioning system. Other facilities in the complex include a geomagnetic reference building, a service control building and an Operations and Control Building.