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Descriptive Finding Guide for the Northrop Grumman Capistrano Test Site Special Collection SDASM.SC.0006
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  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Northrup Grumman Capistrano Test Site Special Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.0006
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.8 Cubic feet 2 Boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1963-2010
    Abstract: This collection contains documents relating to the Capistrano Test Site used by Northrop Grumman from 1963.
    Language of Materials note: English

    Biographical/Historical note

    Nestled in the hills of Southern California near San Clemente, Northrop Grumman’s Capistrano Test Site (CTS) has been a proving ground for state-of-the-art technologies since 1963. The 2,700-acre site contains test areas used to develop and test spacecraft and rocket propulsion systems. It was the development site for the engine that landed Apollo astronauts on the moon six times.
    Equipment at the site is operated under licenses from a variety of agencies including the South Coast Air Quality management District (AQMD). Northrop Grumman meets all local, state and federal regulations. CTS has conducted over 50,000 tests on space propulsion, directed energy, and advanced energy projects from organizations including the National Air and Space Administration (NASA), the Missile Defense Administration (MDA), the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force, the Department of Energy, and commercial customers.
    Test sites and buildings within CTS include the High Energy Propellant Test Stand, the Vertical Engine Test Stand, the Fossil Energy Test Site, the Chemical Laboratory, and Administration buildings.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    This collection is open to the public by appointment.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    For copyright and use restrictions please consult the library director.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    This collection of materials was donated in November 2010.

    Preferred Citation note

    [Item], Capistrano Test Site Special Collection, Archives, San Diego Air & Space Museum

    Scope and Contents note

    This is a collection of the documents created during the HABS/HAER recordation and documentation program at the Capistrano Test Site, host of the Lunar Excursion Module engine testing. Items include oral history transcripts with accompanying DVDs, photographs, maps, and assessments.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Ryan Aircraft Collection Special Collection--TL 686 .R86 SCA Apollo/SDAM 56-137-A--reproduction of command and service module Apollo 9 Command Module-- 052604 NAS 001 Space Log, TRW publication, v.17, 1978/79; v.18, 1980; v.23, 1957-87; v.30, 1994, v.32, 1996 (1957-96) Annex-195.
    Related Research Institutions: Secondary Sources: “About Us,” Northrop Grumman, http://www.northropgrumman.com/AboutUs/OurHeritage/Pages/default.aspx
    Selected digitized images from this collection on Flickr.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Project Apollo. (U.S.)
    Capistrano Test Site
    Northrop Grumman Corporation