North Las Vegas and Las Vegas, Nevada
NSTec has two administrative offices located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The
North Las Vegas facility is home to the executive office and offers facilities
for engineering, fabrication and assembly, calibration, laboratory, and technical
administration for various Nevada National Security Site programs. Our facilities are adjacent
to the Nevada Site Office for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear
NSTec's administration offices in Las Vegas include
facilities for procurement, administration, engineering, and counterterrorism
Nevada National Security Site
The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) is a unique national resource. It serves as a
massive outdoor laboratory and experiment center that cannot be duplicated.
Larger than the state of Rhode Island, this 1,350-square-mile area is one of the
largest test areas in the United States. This remote site is surrounded by
thousands of additional acres, which have been withdrawn from the public for use
as a protected wildlife range and a military gunnery range. The total of
this unpopulated area stretches over 5,470 square miles. The NNSS was
established as the Atomic Energy Commission's on-continent proving ground, and
as such was used for more than forty years in nuclear weapons testing.
Following the nuclear weapons testing moratorium in 1992, the site has been used
for a variety of activities such as hazardous chemical spill testing, emergency
response training, and conventional weapons testing. Free public tours of the Nevada National Security Site are conducted on a monthly basis. Check here for more information.
Photos, left to right: The Nevada state tree, the bristlecone pine, on the
an archaeological site found at the NNSS; Mercury, Nevada, gateway
to the NNSS;
a scenic winter view of the NNSS; wild mustangs still roam
free on the NNSS.
Los Alamos Operations, New Mexico
Los Alamos Operations (LAO), in New Mexico, provides diversified applied science
and engineering support to the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory
and other customers. NSTec professionals design, fabricate, and test sophisticated
electro-optic and recording systems for capturing fast transient signals. LAO
scientists and engineers are experts in designing and building electro-optic and
recording systems that capture super-fast pulses of energy. These systems
must work reliably in remote field operations even under harsh environments.
NSTec utilizes state-of-the-art technologies, including fiber-optic imaging,
detectors, and links; custom high-speed cameras; vacuum systems; gated microchannel
plate intensifiers; high-speed instrumentation; seismic monitoring systems; optical
spectroscopy; complex analog and digital systems; and electronic and mechanical
Livermore Operations, California
Livermore Operations (LO), in California, is a diversified applied science and engineering
organization that supports a wide spectrum of research, development, testing, and calibration
activities for the Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL),
LLNL's National Ignition Facility (NIF), and other customers. NSTec Livermore's (LO’s)
technical specialties include physics, electronic and instrument engineering, laser and
electro-optics engineering, mechanical engineering, metrology, mechanical and electro-mechanical
design drafting, printed circuits, plus developing advanced sensors for capturing high speed
image, intensity and velocity data. LO's Diagnostic Calibration Services is an accredited
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) laboratory in accordance with the
recognized International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005. Livermore also holds the
distinguished DOE Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star status.
Special Technologies Laboratory, California
The Special Technologies Laboratory (STL) Operations located in California serves
a variety of Department of Energy and other federal agency missions. Scientists
at the STL design and develop compact, rugged sensor systems for application to
numerous projects including ground penetrating radar, thermographic phosphor
techniques, associated particle imaging and laser-induced florescence imaging.
Other activities include sensors for ultra-high magnetic fields, very high bandwidth
optical data recording and radiation sensors.
Remote Sensing Laboratory, Nevada
The Remote Sensing Laboratory of NSTec is a center for advanced technologies,
focused on the scientific, technological, and operational disciplines necessary to ensure
the success of national security missions. Originally titled "Aerial Measurements
Operations," the Department of Energy created the laboratory in the 1950s in Las Vegas,
Nevada, to serve as an integral part of the worldwide emergency system to provide rapid
response to radiological emergencies. The RSL emergency responders represent
the Department of Energy's Accident Response Group and the Federal Radiological
Monitoring and Assessment Center. These responders can deploy to emergencies
related to crisis management, nuclear power plant accidents and searches, NASA launches,
and transportation accidents involving nuclear materials.
Remote Sensing Laboratory, Washington
The Remote Sensing Laboratory is part of the Department of Energy's Remote Sensing
Laboratory operations. RSL has served for over 20 years as the United States'
eastern base for nuclear emergency response and environmental remote sensing
operations. Key to its success has been its innovative and adaptive approaches to
solutions to complex nuclear monitoring and surveillance problems, and the application
of related advanced and emerging technologies. RSL's technical assets include
testing and fabrication laboratories and an extensive collection of highly sophisticated
state-of-the-art equipment used for emergency searches, as well as specialized scientific
applications. Fixed-wing and rotary-wing airborne platforms based at RSL can
perform specialized radiological detection and monitoring.