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Mitigation Project
Documenting PSL
Documenting PSL

In 2005 NASA Glenn proposed to remove the original Propulsion Systems Laboratory (PSL) No. 1 and 2. The facility had made contributions to the nation’s aeronautics and space programs, but it has not been used as test facility since 1979. Research is now carried out in the newer PSL No. 3 and 4, which will remain in operation. Nonetheless, NASA Glenn felt it important to document the original facility prior to its destruction.

Documents:
     PSL Ohio Historic Inventory (1996) (PDF, 2.48MB)





I. Public Awareness Meeting: On April 27, 2006, a community awareness meeting was held at NASA Glenn to alert the public of the Center’s plans to remove PSL No. 1 and 2 and the Altitude Wind Tunnel. Speakers discussed the scope of the demolition, environmental issues, the history of the facilities, and the historical mitigation effort.

II. Description of Mitigation: This Web site is part of a wider effort to document the history of the PSL No. 1 and 2. This project formally began in May 2005 after the finalization of Statement of Work 6.31 for the NASA Glenn History Office. The project includes the gathering of records, images, films, oral histories, and information on the facility, its tests, and significance to the nation’s aerospace community.

III. Demolition Process: It was decided in early 2005 to remove PSL No. 1 and 2 from the NASA Glenn campus. The demolition project includes the PSL No. 1 and 2 test chambers, the Access Building, primary coolers, Service Support Building, Fuel Storage Building, Oxidant Storage Building, and related piping and infrastructure. Remediation work began in the summer of 2008 and demolition was performed in the summer of 2009.



Images
Research
Research
Inspection
Inspection
Documentation
Documentation
Public Meeting
Public Meeting