Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL) in Laurel, MD has built and commissioned an entirely new building for spacecraft sized payloads as well as substructures and DoD work. The 46,000 square foot building completed in July 2012 has 50 foot ceiling in clean rooms with 40 foot crane hook heights. It complements APL’s existing integration & test capabilities just across the street with an optics laboratory, mechanical assembly & test, flight hardware staging as well as harness fabrication & assembly.
Vibration testing is performed using m+p international’s 192-channel Data Acquisition system and 64-channel Vibration Control system. They are identical to the existing systems in the Vibration Test Laboratory allowing for channel sharing. The new facility enables parallel large-scale spacecraft testing to support multiple missions simultaneously.