Lincoln Laboratory performs field work and consulting at a number of sites within the continental United States and the Pacific region.
Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands
Lincoln Laboratory serves as the scientific advisor to the Reagan Test Site at the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll installation located about 2,500 miles WSW of Hawaii. Twenty staff members, accompanied by their families, work at this site, serving two- to three-year tours of duty. The site’s radars and optical and telemetry sensors support ballistic missile defense testing and space surveillance. The radar systems provide test facilities for radar technology development and for the development of ballistic missile defense techniques. The Laboratory also supports upgrades to the command-and-control infrastructure of the range to include applications of real-time discrimination and decision aids developed as a result of research at the Laboratory.
The Experimental Test Site at White Sands Missile Range
The Experimental Test Site is an electro-optical test facility located on the grounds of the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in Socorro, New Mexico. Situated next to the U.S. Air Force's Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance field site, the ETS is operated by the Laboratory for the Air Force. The principal mission of the ETS is the development, evaluation, and transfer of advanced electro-optical space surveillance technologies. It is a national resource that supports measurements and operational surveillance tasking for programs such as those involving near-Earth and deep-space objects. In addition, the sensitive wide-field sensors of the ETS can be used to measure the phenomena resulting from chemical release or other active experiments. The ETS has been a contributing sensor to the U.S. Air Force Space Command. A spin-off program for NASA, Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research, is using the GEODSS system to discover near-Earth asteroids; more than 50% of the known asteroids in our solar system have been discovered through this program.
Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii
The Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is one of the Pacific ranges supporting experimental and developmental testing of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. It is the world’s largest instrumented multi-environment range capable of supporting surface, subsurface, air, and space operations simultaneously. Lincoln Laboratory personnel located at PMRF provide technical advice, consultation, and analysis support as requested by the government leadership at PMRF. The Laboratory has provided significant inputs into sensor designs and implementations for the Range.