World-Class Test Facility Receives $2 Million Business Assistance Grant
Today state leaders toured NASAs Spacecraft Propulsion Research Facility, nicknamed B-2, located in Sandusky (Erie County). The Ohio Development Services Agency approved a $2 million grant to Sierra Lobo Inc. of Fremont, Ohio to inspect and refurbish pumps used for rocket testing. State officials were able to see the how the project at NASA Plum Brook Station benefits Ohio, the nation and companies who are developing the next generation of rocket engines.
NASA Plum Brook Stations B-2 facility is the only place in the world to both test complete upper stages in space conditions and then to fire their engines in simulated high-altitude conditions. This test-as-you-fly environment reduces the likelihood of flight failures, making space exploration both safer and less expensive. Additionally, Plum Brook Station also uses another facility, the worlds largest space test chamber, to offer full-scale spacecraft five different environments they endure in space.
Ohio continues to make advances in the technology sector, said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. This exciting project keeps Ohio competitive and underlines the importance of NASA to both Ohio and the nation.
NASA Glenn Center Director James Free said, This investment continues the State of Ohios financial commitment since 2007 to testing at Plum Brook Station. These funds, when combined with NASA funding, create a world-class testing facility.