White Sands Space Harbor

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White Sands Space Harbor (WSSH) was the primary training area used by NASA for Space Shuttle pilots flying practice approaches and landings in the Shuttle Training Aircraft and T-38 Talon aircraft.

The WSSH runway facilities are located in Alkali Flats, a site formerly known as Northrup Strip. Its runways, navigational aids, runway lighting, and control facilities also stood continuously ready as a backup Shuttle landing site.

WSSH is a part of the White Sands Test Facility, and is located approximately 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Alamogordo, New Mexico, within the boundaries of the White Sands Missile Range.

Runways[edit]

The north-south runway simulates the runway at Kennedy Space Center, the east-west runway simulates Edwards Air Force Base, the shorter runway simulates transatlantic abort landing sites at Ben Guerir, Moron, and Istrus.

  • RW 17/35: 11000x91m, Dry Lakebed, Shuttle certified
  • RW 05/23: 11000x91m, Dry Lakebed, Shuttle certified
  • RW 02/02: 3900x46m, Dry Lakebed

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