Tool Crypt for Projects

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Campaign: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Many projects and programs purchase tools and ground support equipment for developing and building flight projects. There is not a centralized area where tools can be checked in and out at the Goddard Space Flight Center.

Since projects have a finite life, many of these tools, once used, are not tracked. They are purchased for a specific activity and once the project ends, the tool may or may not be used by another program by chance.

A centralized tool crypt will allow projects to "check out" tools for constructing instruments and spacecraft. Once used, the tool can be returned.

This will cost space and institutional management, but will result in a long run cost savings from repeat multiple purchases for tools. Projects can contribute "rent" fees/taxes to help maintain the storage area and replacement/upgrade of equipment used if needed.

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