Mockup Development Facility
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The Mockup Development Facility is utilized to develop low-to-medium fidelity full-scale mockups of space vehicles and habitats. Mockups developed to date include a horizontal axis cylindrical habitat module, a toroidal habitat module, a lander translation tunnel test article, a descent stage mockup (partially complete), and—most recently—a vertical axis cylindrical habitat demonstration test article. Testing of these mockups can be performed in place at the Building 220 facility or can, in some cases, be performed at analog field test sites or in reduced-gravity aircraft.
Horizontal Axis Cylindrical Habitat Module
Toroidal Habitat Module
Habitat Demonstration Unit (HDU)
Altair Ascent Module and Airlock Mockup
Altair Tunnel Test Article
Building 220 allows for large mockup ingress and egress via its two hangar-style doors positioned on opposing ends of the 12,000 square foot facility. The Mockup Development Team can build a wide variety of mockups to your specifications and coordinate integrated testing at locations such as the JSC Rock Yard or at remote site Desert RATS campaigns. The team can coordinate mockup evaluations with other specialized test facilities, such as reduced-gravity aircraft, as well.
Because of the nature of space vehicle and habitat mockups, crew interfaces are an important aspect of development and testing activities in the Building 220 Mockup Development Facility. We develop simulation control interfaces—including both mockups of control panels hardware and crew interface and control software—to fully evaluate the mockup and interface panel design and integration.