R&D
Spread out along 20 miles of Chesapeake Bay, Aberdeen Proving Ground is home to a diverse array of weapons development and testing programs. The installation covers 72,516 acres, ranging from heavily industrialized areas (the base has over 2,000 buildings) to remote testing ranges on peninsulas,...
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 munitions, propulsion, composites, and explosives development and manufacturing complex located on a hill surrounded by the suburbs of southwest Salt Lake City. Alliant Tech Systems, based in Minnesota, acquired the large and diversified facility, which makes up most of the town of Bacchus, when...
A federal energy research and materials science R&D lab, with its origin as a uranium metals lab for the Manhattan Project. Facilities include a nuclear reactor and several laboratory buildings, located on 10 acres at Iowa State University and owned by the DOE. Iowa State is a major science and...
NASA's Ames site is an aerospace research and development installation, located at the southwest end of the San Francisco Bay in Silicon Valley, amid a cluster of similar enterprises, including Onizuka Air Base and Lockheed's Missile and Space division. Facilities at Ames include several wind...
A private observatory consisting of the Astrophysical Research Consortium's 3.5-meter telescope, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey 2.5-m telescope, and New Mexico State University's 1.0-m telescope.
A large and diversified federal R&D lab, owned by the Department of Energy and operated by the University of Chicago, and one of the major scientific campuses in the USA. Facilities at this 1,700 acre installation include particle accelerators and a nuclear reactor; more than half of the...
Until recently, when the corporate HQ was moved to Virginia, ATK was headquartered in this building in the suburbs of Minneapolis. ATK is a military products company that specializes in the full range of projectiles, from bullets to ballistic missiles. Also known as Alliant Tech Systems, they are...
An industrial laboratory and office complex a few miles outside of downtown Columbus that is the main lab and headquarters for Battelle, a nonprofit R&D lab with over 7,500 employees at several locations. Battelle partners with companies to develop new technologies, and has been involved in...
One of the world's largest helicopter manufacturers for both civilian and defense products. Owned by the diversified manufacturing and research and development company Textron, Inc. This is the main plant and headquarters for the company, which has additional plant locations at Mirabel Airport...
An explosive weapons development and testing site is located in the Potrero Hills, between the March and Travis Air Force Base. The Explosives Technology Company first developed the site in 1967, taking over an old Nike missile site, and acquiring a few hundred additional acres. OEA Aerospace, now...
A solar observatory on Big Bear Lake, in the San Bernardino Mountains. The observatory is located in the middle of the lake, accessed by a narrow spit, as surrounding the observatory with water reduces the distortion caused by terrestrial convection, the shimmering effect of heat radiating upwards...
An unusual and extremely large antenna consisting of a 500-foot-long flat array, built on the ground, and two vertical reflectors on either end. Built by Ohio State University, it became the first dedicated SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) facility in 1973, and was used to search...
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,...
A diversified federal R&D lab, involved in energy research, biomedical research and environmental science research, and one of the major particle accelerator facilities in the country. Established after WWII, Brookhaven was founded as part of the Department of Energy's nuclear and weapons...
Building 20 was the principal building in the secret "Radiation Laboratory," the MIT-based wartime radar research effort which employed 4,000 people and occupied 15 acres of floor space in Cambridge at the peak of its five year existence. Built hurriedly during World War Two, following standardized...
CUBRC is a nonprofit organization that operates the Large Energy National Shock Tunnel (LENS) for the U.S. Government. The tunnel is used in high-velocity research, duplicating flight conditions on projectiles and weapons at speeds of up to Mach 15.
Similar to a building construction crane, the Wind River Canopy Crane is set up in a National Forest in southern Washington for forest canopy research. A gondola platform is suspended from the crane, providing three-dimensional access to a six-acre circle of woods. In 2011, the horizontal boom was...
Headquarters for the Corning Glass Company, a diversified manufacturing and R...
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...
Crows landing is a 1,500 acre NASA facility in the Central Valley of California that was transferred to the County in 1999, and is undergoing clean-up by the Navy for eventual civilian use. It was a Naval Auxiliary Air Station for decades, serving Moffett Field (located in Silicon Valley), and...
The Desert Research Station is an educational research facilty, operated by the Center for Land Use Interpretation. It is a field station for reserch related to the desert regions of California, and contains displays about the area.
Draper Lab is a private, nonprofit R...
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...
Original home of the nation's chemical and biological weapons program, Edgewood is still the national center for research and development, test and evaluation, procurement and production of chemical materiel and related equipment. (Edgewood is now officially called the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen...
This small airport is used for flight testing related to the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's), which are small, remotely operated aircraft used primarily for intelligence gathering (though also for weapons delivery). Facilities consist of small hangar structures, support buildings,...
This facility is one of the foremost explosives and explosion effects research laboratories in the world. In its 32 square miles of restricted terrain, all sorts of things have been blown up under intense scientific scrutiny. Facilities include a hypervelocity light gas gun, a 20-foot diameter...
A research and development facility run by the FAA. At any one time, about 150 projects are underway. The installation covers 5059 acres consisting of laboratories, test facilities, support facilities, an airplane hanger and the Atlantic International Airport. The center also has a heating and air...
FermiLab, west of Chicago, is one of the major physics research sites in the USA, and has the nation's only large-scale particle accelerator. Owned by the Department of Energy, and operated by Universities Research Association Inc. on a 6,800 acre site.