Aerospace R&D
This is a densely developed 41-acre compound near the Los Angeles International Airport, containing 23 office and industrial buildings belonging to the Aerospace Corporation, a nonprofit corporation that provides technical support for military satellite programs. The company has an annual budget of...
A major Air Force aircraft development and construction facility, with over eight million square feet of covered space. Contractors with substantial structures at the site include Northrop-Grumman, Rockwell/McDonnell Douglas/Boeing, NASA, and Lockheed-Martin's Skunk Works. Aircraft developed here...
This volatile chemical production complex was built in a remote valley near Cedar City in 1989, following a devastating explosion of the company's plant in Henderson, Nevada in 1988. It is owned by American Pacific Corporation (Ampac), a company based in Las Vegas. The Western Electrochemical (...
The base consists almost exclusively of the Arnold Engineering Development Center, the largest flight simulation test facility in the world. Over 50 wind tunnels and test cells are used for testing aircraft, missiles, rockets, engines, and satellites. Employs 3,500 people, and has an annual budget...
A rocket and missile test facility on the western edge of the island of Kauai. The seven-mile-long coastal installation is used by the Navy and Army as a ground station on the Pacific Missile Range, a military operations range that covers around 17,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean, and 42,000...
Boeing's Military Aircraft and Missile Systems Group is the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer. This division is based in St. Louis, but employs 3,000 people in the Seattle area, most in this complex next to Boeing Field. Work here includes engineering support for the stealth bomber,...
Until its closing in 2011, Brooks was one of four Air Force Bases around San Antonio, and the home of the Human Systems Center, a laboratory that examined the human component in Air Force systems, using flight simulators, human centrifuges, etc. The Brooks Development Authority assumed ownership of...
A vast weapons development facility and testing range. Almost every munition in the US arsenal has been tested within this 1,723 square mile (more than a million acre) facility. Numerous laboratories and test ranges, located mostly in the north area of China Lake, support weapons development. In...
Coyote Springs is a large and remote housing development, an hour north of Las Vegas, surrounded by empty desert. The development has been controversial, due to its size, originally estimated to be occupied by 50,000 people by 2008, has been stalled, and is only partially complete. The only reason...
One of eight remaining huge dirigible hangars built by the Navy during WWII remains at this site, now used by TCOM, an airship manufacturing company, as a manufacturing and test location. The massive wooden structure is 1,040 feet long, 150 feet high and 296 feet wide. One of a pair of hangars at...
The Dryden Flight Research Center is NASA's primary flight research and test facility. It is located on Edwards Air Force Base. In 1946, engineers and test pilots came from the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (later to become NASA) based in Langley, Virginia, to develop a test center for...

Edwards Air Force Base is an active base that serves the aeronautic defense industry through several facilities within the 301,000 acre secured base perimeter, many which are located on the western edge of Rogers Dry Lake, a naturally flat 44-square mile landing area for experimental aircraft....
A 1,500-acre military and civilian air field used by the Air Force, NASA, McDonnell Douglas, Northrop Grummann, and UPS. The Texas Air National Guard as well as the Texas Army National Guard are both tenants. Once a full Air Force Base, the field was acquired by the City of Houston in 1984. In 2009...
These buildings on the edge of the Seal Beach Weapons Station in Orange County, until recently belonged to the Rockwell Corporation, and are now part of Boeings Space R...
A semi-active military site near Gallup, in western New Mexico, with hundreds of munitions igloos. The depot was established in 1918, and was deactivated in 1993. Much of the base is being "demilitarized," with private contractors working on weapons disposal at the depot. The site has occasionally...
An abandoned military launch site, consisting of a weathered bunker and a launch pad. Located in Utah's West Desert, adjacent to the unrelated Grassy Mountain Hazardous Waste dump. The site of the first successful test of the supersonic Ground to Air Pilotless Aircraft (GAPA) missile, in 1946. On...
General Electric operates a multifaceted and remote field test station, 60 miles from Cincinnati, in the rural, rolling hills near the town of Peebles. The secretive 7,000 acre site has test stands and other support facilities for testing aircraft engines, and for various defense projects. General...
Major aviation and aeronautics R&D complex, operated by NASA. Over 3,400 employees develop propulsion, power, and communications technologies for application to aeronautics and space. Started in 1941, as the Aircraft Engine Research Lab, the Glenn Center (formerly called the Lewis Center)...
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center develops satellites and related technologies, and designs and coordinates space missions. It includes two sites: the 1,121-acre main facility at Greenbelt, MD, and the 6,188-acre Wallops Flight Center at Wallops Island. Over 10,000 people work at Goddard, which...
A dirigible hangar constructed in 1929. Once considered the largest airdock in the country, and at the time of its construction the largest building in the world without interior supports. It is1,175 feet long, 325 feet wide and 211 feet tall. The airship USS Macon was built inside, and though the...
Area 51 is a portion of the Nellis Range Complex where the Groom Lake Base is located. The base which, still, officially doesn't exist, is a test and development installation that has been used by the Air Force, CIA, and other government agencies. Though no official confirmation has been obtained,...
The legendary Canadian weapons engineer Gerald Bull operated a test site that straddled the international border, near Jay, Vermont. First known as Highwater Station (the name coming from the closest town on the Canadian side) the location was created on land Bull already owned in the 1960s to...
A research lab and think tank that was operated by the Hughes Aircraft Company for many years, HRL, on a hill above Malibu, is now operated as a joint project between defense giants Boeing and Raytheon, as well as General Motors (which bough this division of Hughes in 1985). Activities persued her...
Hurricane Mesa Test Track is a research and development, test and evaluation (R&D,T&E) facility, located at a dramatic and remote site, atop a mesa in southern Utah. The primary feature of the installation is a 12,000 foot-long test track, the only privately owned supersonic test track...
Mission control center for NASA's space flights, and the third most popular tourist attraction in Texas. A new visitors center/entertainment facility was built in 1992, featuring the best that the NASA and Walt Disney team could produce for $70 million. A new mission control room has also recently...
One of four Air Force bases in the San Antonio area, Kelly is a major maintenance center for the Air Force. Much of the operations of the base are being privatized, after realignment by BRAC in 1993, and the Air Force Base title will be dissolved in favor of a civilian name. Kelly is home of the...
A complex of assembly buildings and rocket launch sites, established in the 1960's for the Apollo program, and now the launch site for NASA space missions. Located on around 100 square miles at the north end of Merritt Island, adjacent to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (where military and...
One of the nation's primary aviation and aeronautics research and development facilities. Langley's 40 plus wind tunnels cover the entire speed range from 0 mph to nearly Mach 25 or orbital velocity (17,500 mph). In addition, Langley houses facilities for structures, materials and acoustics...
Research and development associated with propellants is pursued at this Air Force facility, managed by Hill Air Force Base. Located on the eastern shore of the Great Salt Lake, the remote and secretive facility uses radioactive material as part of its research.
The main site for Lockheed Martin's Astronautics division is a 5,400-acre industrial site, with numerous production, test, and space simulation facilities, and over 70 laboratories. The Astronautics division designs and manufactures space launch vehicles, such as Titan and Atlas rockets; satellites...