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Sensor test facilities and capabilities at the Nevada test site
Author(s): William B. Boyer; Larry J. Burke; Bernard J. Gomez; Leonard Livingston; Daniel S. Nelson; Douglas C. Smathers
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Paper Abstract

Sandia National Laboratories has recently developed two major field test capabilities for unattended ground sensor systems at the Department of Energy's Nevada Test Site (NTS). The first capability utilizes the NTS large area, varied terrain, and intrasite communications systems for testing sensors for detecting and tracking vehicular traffic. Sensor and ground truth data can be collected at either of two secure control centers. This system also includes an automated ground truth capability that consists of differential Global Positioning Satellite receivers on test vehicles and live TV coverage of critical road sections. Finally there is a high-speed, secure computer network link between the control centers and the Air Force's Theater Air Command and Control Simulation Facility in Albuquerque NM. The second capability is Bunker 2-300. It is a facility for evaluating advanced sensor systems for monitoring activities in underground cut-and-cover facilities. The main part of the facility consists of an underground bunker with three large rooms for operating various types of equipment. This equipment includes simulated chemical production machinery and controlled seismic and acoustic signal sources. There has been a thorough geologic and electromagnetic characterization of the region around the bunker. Since the facility is in a remote location, it is well-isolated from seismic, acoustic, and electromagnetic interference.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3081, Peace and Wartime Applications and Technical Issues for Unattended Ground Sensors, (24 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.280653
Show Author Affiliations
William B. Boyer, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Larry J. Burke, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Bernard J. Gomez, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Leonard Livingston, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Daniel S. Nelson, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Douglas C. Smathers, Sandia National Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3081:
Peace and Wartime Applications and Technical Issues for Unattended Ground Sensors
Gerold Yonas, Editor(s)

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