NNSS Purchases Two Unmanned Aerial Systems to Assist in Development of Sensor Technology

Two state-of-the-art unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have been purchased as part of a research and development program at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). According to NNSS officials, the research and development is designed to expand the development of sensor technology for unmanned aerial systems and enable scientists to further the capabilities of current systems.

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NSTec employs some of the most highly trained science,
technology and engineering professionals in the country, working at sites in North Las Vegas and Nellis Air Force Base, NV; Andrews Air Force Base, MD; Los Alamos and Albuquerque, NM; and Livermore and Santa Barbara, CA. The company was formed in 2006 as a joint venture between Northrop Grumman Corporation, and three other corporate partners. These partners are AECOM, CH2M Hill, and Babcock and Wilcox (B&W).

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A vibrant, responsive national security resource, located 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nev., the NNSS is a premiere outdoor testing, evaluation and training facility the size of the state of Rhode Island. Since the end of underground nuclear testing in 1992, the NNSS has helped maintain the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) while also enhancing the nation's ability to detect and mitigate nuclear and radiological threats around the world. 

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    NSTec is the largest employer of scientists and engineers in Nevada. The company employs a diverse workforce that specializes in a wide range of expertise. Employees at the NNSS work in science, technology and engineering fields, emergency planning and response, information technology, environmental management, and many others.


    The NNSS is a preferred testing ground for the National Nuclear Security Administration's defense programs, as well as many other research and development efforts. Take a look at the primary programs that make up our mission:

      ​A primary mission of the NNSS is to help ensure that the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile remains safe, reliable, and secure from our enemies. To accomplish this, Stockpile Stewardship deploys a wide range of science and technologies, focused on experiments in weapons science and the potential for weapons dismantlement.

      Nuclear Operations is responsible for the safe, compliant and efficient operation of all nuclear operations and activities at the NNSS. In 2010, site managers successfully completed two nuclear start-ups in the same year, a noteworthy accomplishment in the NNSA complex.

      Global Security personnel are the nation’s experts in detecting and locating “dirty bombs,” “loose nukes,” and radiological sources. They train and enable our nation’s first responders who would be among the first to confront a radiological or nuclear emergency.

      As the United States embarks on a new era of arms control, the tools for treaty verification must be more accurate and reliable and must work at stand-off distances​. The National Center for Nuclear Security (NCNS) is poised to become the proving ground for these technologies.

      The Environmental Management Program at the NNSS addresses the environmental legacy from historic nuclear weapons-related activities, while ensuring the health and safety of workers, the public, and the environment at the Site.

      Started in 2002 by Congressional authorization, the SDRD Program is an essential element of the Nevada National Security Site technical enterprise. The SDRD program is our premier science and technology venue and primary source for discovery and innovation for NSTec’s national security missions.

    The rich and storied history of the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) is on display through general interest tours held each month, and frequently led by veteran members of the former nuclear testing era. Groups, organizations or individuals may request tours.


    NSTec employees pledge more than $200,000 annually to the United Way of Southern Nevada, and the company has awarded more than $2 million in educational grants and charitable contributions. The company partners with two local at risk schools, hosting food drives and school improvement projects. Add to that NSTec's generous support for area food banks, the American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, among others, and it is easy to see why the company has earned a reputation for giving back to the communities it serves.

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