Descriptive Finding Guide for the Northrop Grumman Capistrano Test Site Special Collection SDASM.SC.10109

Jenna L. Shaeffer
San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
San Diego 92101

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
Title: Northrup Grumman Capistrano Test Site Special Collection
Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10109
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 Material: English

Biographical / Historical

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

This collection is open to the public by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

For copyright and use restrictions please consult the library director.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection of materials was donated in November 2010.

Preferred Citation

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

Scope and Contents

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 Materials

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,

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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


Box 01

Physical Description: 1. Oral Interview Transcripts Gerard (Jerry) & Jean Elverum, March 7, 2010 2. Historical Assessment & HAER Level Documentation with DVD digital copies (2 Binders, 3 DVDs) 3. Oral Interview Transcripts Don & Joyce Harvey, March 17, 2010 4. Oral Interview Transcripts Howard Ethington & Larry Gassert, March 15, 2010 5. Oral Interview Transcripts Gary Dumford & Robert Wilkinson, February 22, 2010 6. Historical Assessment CTS by Stephen R. Van Wormer, M.A. and Susan D. Walter, March 4, 2010 7. Archaeological Assessment CTS by Carol R. Demcak, RPA, March 4, 2010

Box 02

Physical Description: 1. Capistrano Test Site- HAER Images 01-40 2. Capistrano Test Site- HAER Images 41-79 3. Capistrano Test Site- Archive Images 1-43