Pacific Furnace, 6633 Canoga Avenue, Canoga Park, Los Angeles County, CA
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Significance: The Pacific Brazing Furnace is located at the south end of the Rocketdyne facility in Canoga Park, California. This facility played a key role in the development of the technology for using hydrogen as a rocket fuel. The Rocketdyne engineers and skilled workers was also responsible for extraordinary work in developing lightweight, regeneratively cooled, hydrogen-fueled rocket engines. The design of rocket nozzles used on the space shuttle main engines (SSME) required development of brazing technology that bonded tubes carrying liquid hydrogen coolant to a casing that formed the rocket nozzle. The successful development of the SSME rocket could be largely credited to the work carried out here. Research personnel at this facility built or developed much of the equipment, technology, and methodology for constructing rocket engine nozzles using ingenious solutions to resolve design and operational problems.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N1534
Survey number: HAER CA-2280
Building/structure dates: 1964-1965 Initial Construction