The World’s Largest Vacuum Chamber


Largest Vacuum Chamber. Photo Source: (NASA APPEL Knowledge Services)

The world’s largest vacuum chamber is in the Space Power Facility which houses a vacuum chamber 30 meters tall and 37 meters across. In roughly 8 hours, the chamber takes out almost 30 tons of air until only 20 milligrams are left. The vacuum chamber can simulate the environment of space because it has heat lamps that act as solar radiation and a cooler that can lower the temperature to negative 160 degrees Centigrade. Originally, the structure was built for nuclear-electric power studies but was converted into a rocket-ship tester.

This relates to engineering because the vacuum chamber has to be able to withstand tons of force pulling at it. Also, rocket ship companies test their ships in this vacuum chamber.

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