Drucella Andersen (Aeronautics) Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

May 9, 1994 (Phone: 202/358-4733) Jim Cast (Space) Headquarters, Washington, D.C. (Phone: 202/358-1779) RELEASE: 94-73 NATIONAL FACILITIES INVENTORIED, NEEDS ESTABLISHED A National Facilities Study released today indicates the need for two new wind tunnels and provides 70 recommendations affecting aeronautics and space facilities nationwide. Conducted by representatives from NASA and the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy and Transportation, the study identifies federal government and industry facility shortfalls and recommends new facility requirements, consolidation opportunities and closures. "Shaping our national facilities to best meet our country's needs should be a continuous process and this study is the first step," said NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin. "We should capitalize on this to improve our plans for using these national resources." The recommendations endorsed by the National Facilities Study Team have been submitted for review to the participating agencies. Cost savings, if implemented, are estimated at $114 million annually. Some of these savings already are reflected in agency budget submissions. One finding of the study is that aerospace facility inventories were incomplete and outdated. The study also provides the first

comprehensive, computerized database of U.S. aeronautics and space facilities. Potentially, this can be used to evaluate existing facilities before construction of a new facility is considered. The inventory data now include facility characteristics, performance features, an estimate of usage and contact points for additional information. The computerized database contains over 2,800 facilities and is still growing as additional government and industrial organizations provide information. -more-2Cited as the most critical among the new needs is the development of two wind tunnels for testing future commercial jet transports. These tunnels -- one subsonic and one transonic -would provide a combination of flight condition simulation and testing efficiency unmatched in the world. The study recommends the tunnels should be operating by the year 2002 to provide the U.S. with the competitive edge needed for the next round of wide-body commercial transport competition. Additionally, the study indicates that a new supersonic facility should not be constructed at this time. However, an investment to bring existing civil and defense facilities up to the productivity standards needed for commercial product development is recommended. The study also calls for a research plan on hypersonic facilities to be conducted by NASA, DoD and industry. Forty-four major government wind tunnels were reviewed for consolidation and closure. A list of those recommended for closure and the status of facility consolidation is available. A future mission and requirements model was developed as a key tool for assessing future aerospace facility requirements. A projection of future space mission requirements embraces military and civilian government and commercial sectors to help determine what type of facilities will be needed. Projections were extended for 30 years because of the long lead time inherent in facility development. The study began in November 1992, when Administrator Goldin initiated a comprehensive and long-term plan for future aerospace facilities, to be accomplished in partnership with other government agencies and industry. The National Facilities Study has been submitted to the National Performance Review being

conducted by Vice President Albert Gore, Jr., in response to the following directive: "NASA should work aggressively with its interagency counterparts to complete a summary report to the administration, by June 1994, identifying federal aerospace facility shortfalls, new facility requirements, consolidation opportunities and recommendations for closing." -endNOTE TO EDITORS: To obtain a copy of the National Facilities Study Summary Report, please FAX your request to the NASA Headquarters Newsroom at 202/358-4210 or 4335. Copies of the study summary also are available at all NASA Centers nationwide.