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Virtual Tour - Site and Facilities
NDBC's main office is located in southern Mississippi at the Stennis Space Center, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) facility. This site was chosen because it contains an excellent pre-existing industrial facility which is adjacent to a canal with deep-water access to the Gulf of Mexico.
NDBC's Industrial Operations and Engineering Complex has specialized equipment and provides NDBC with the environment needed to support the assembly and service of buoys and C-MAN stations. Buoy hulls are refurbished in the onsite Sandblast and Painting Facility. Equipment integration and testing aboard the buoys are accomplished in high bays. Sensors are calibrated in wind tunnels or environmental chambers, and later tested with the onboard station microprocessors, called payloads, on test stands at the outside sensor test facility. Final calibration and testing of the completed buoy systems are accomplished in the onsite canal.
Buoy Hull Refurbishment in High Bay Area and Testing and Calibration at Dock Facility