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HAER Fly-through of Coca Test Area at Santa Susana Field Labratory

Area II of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory was the proving ground for numerous rocket engines and components designed and developed by Rocketdyne for NASA, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army's Army Ballistic Missile Agency. Area II was sub-divided into four test areas, Alfa, Bravo, Coca and Delta, with multiple test stands and multiple support facilities in each. The Historic American Engineering Record has been undertaking a project to record the extant structures of these test areas which reflect the most intense research and development era of rocket propulsion in our nation. Some of the major rocket engine programs that used Area II for testing include the Redstone, Atlas and Jupiter engines, the predecessor to the Saturn V's F-1 engine, the E-1, components of the F-1 engine, the upper stage engines for the Saturn V, the J-2 and the testing and development of the Space Shuttle Main Engine. The Historic American Engineering Record's recent activities on site focused primarily on the extant Coca Area test stands and support facilities. This video fly through is of the extant structures, captured with high-definition laser scans, within the Coca Test area of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.

The field documentation team consisted of HDP architects Tom Behrens, Daniel DeSousa, Dana Lockett, Jeremy Mauro, Ryan Pierce, and John Wachtel. The fly-through animation was rendered using Pointools by John Wachtel.

Note: The animation is produced as a byproduct of the scan data captured by a high-definition laser scanner used in the production of HAER drawings. This video does not contain sound.

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  • See more photographs of the HDP documentation of the Coca Test Area at Santa Susana Field Labratory in our Facebook photo album