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NASA IV&V Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia, turns 30


FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WV News) — This year, NASA’s Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont celebrates its 30th anniversary, and officials hope that the key work that the facility does for the agency is successful for the next 30 years.

The IV&V Facility’s main mission is to routinely examine software on developing NASA missions to determine any glitches or failures in the system ahead of launch, allowing for the project — be that a manned mission, a satellite launch or another science project — to be as successful as possible once it’s on the launch pad.

NASA IV&V Facility Director Wes Deadrick said the IV&V Facility — as well as its parent organization, the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance — were founded in the wake of the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

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