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Some info about the Sandia operation at the Tonopah Test Range

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posted on Dec, 22 2012 @ 01:09 AM

Department 02915 operates the Tonopah Test Range for the National Nuclear Security Administration under Sandia?s Prime contract. The Department consists of 22 Sandia personnel and 34 contractors responsible for the technical operations associated with the nuclear weapons flight test mission and the maintenance of a 280 square mile integrated test range facility with an instrumentation suite of precision tracking radars, telemetry ground stations, optical tracking mounts, meteorological data systems and numerous pieces of support, test and communications equipment. Work locations exist at both the Tonopah Test Range and Nevada Site Office in Las Vegas, and employees are allowed to work from either location based on their work assignment. The normal work week is Monday through Thursday, 10 hours a day. Deviations to the normal schedule occur to facilitate mission requirements and may require personnel to remain away from home 4 days and 3 nights or possibly longer at a remote location. Work schedules may change as required to meet organizational needs.


Most of this is well known. The only real news is the head count, which is surprisingly small and dominated by contractors.

Note this is only the Sandia portion of the TTR .The USAF operation there is a different beast.

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