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NASA ARC Internal Memo: National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC) Incident

Status Report From: Ames Research Center
Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Subject: National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC) Incident
From: Centerwide Announcement
Date: 2017-06-12
To: Recipient List Suppressed
TO: Staff
FROM: Eugene L. Tu, Center Director
SUBJECT: National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC) Incident

Last Friday evening at about 6 p.m., the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC) suffered significant damage when debris passed through the drive system during a test. There were no injuries, but the facility will require extensive repairs. The NFAC is leased and operated by the US Air Force, and we are coordinating closely with them in all aspects of the response. The Ames Safety and Mission Assurance Office and Protective Services, among others, are assisting to ensure that our campus is safe and accessible. At this time, we do not see a need to restrict access to the roads and buildings adjacent to the NFAC, but we are monitoring the situation closely and will take action when needed to safeguard our people and assets. We will share information regarding the incident, our response, and any impacts on the rest of the Center as they become available.

Thank you in advance for working together and supporting Ames in our response and recovery from this challenge.

Dr. Eugene L. Tu

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