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NASA Announces Virtual Tour of SSFL Test Areas

Published: 8/3/2017 View from Coca test stand crane cabin View from Coca test stand crane cabin as seen in SSFL Virtual Tour

As part of its effort to document and record the historical structures at SSFL, NASA partnered with the National Park Service’s (NPS) Heritage Documentation Program to produce an interactive, virtual tour of NASA’s Test Stand Areas at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL).

The virtual tour includes 360-degree panoramas of the three test areas and the surrounding landscape as well as the interiors of the test stands. The documentation focuses on six rocket test stands in the Alfa, Bravo, and Coca Test Areas. Each of the test stands are eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places given their significance in the contexts of the Cold War and Space Exploration, and for their achievements in engineering and design.

More information is available on the History / Virtual Tour page on this site.

NASA produces video highlighting the history of SSFL

Published: 7/20/2017

SSFL history video still Santa Susana: Propelling American Space Exploration NASA is pleased to share a short documentary highlighting the history of the Santa Susana Field Lab and its contribution to America’s space flight program. NASA produced the seven-minute video as part of NASA’s effort to record the history of the site and the test stands used for rocket engine testing.

SSFL FieldNOTE – June 2017

Published: 6/22/2017

NASA’s June 2017 edition of FieldNOTE describes NASA’s most recent activities as it advances toward cleanup at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.

DTSC white paper regarding Brandeis-Bardin

Published: 6/2/2017

On May 2, 2017, DTSC released a white paper, SSFL Technical Memo on the Brandeis Bardin Campus, with results of a review of data from investigations conducted at and near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and the American Jewish University Brandeis-Bardin campus. Also available is the DTSC May 2017 Community Update summarizing their findings.

Year-in-Review highlights NASA’s progress at SSFL

Published: 2/21/2017

2016 was another active year for NASA at SSFL. The 2016 Year in Review summarizes the year’s progress toward cleaning of its portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) in the areas of demolition, soil and groundwater investigations, stormwater management, and community outreach. We look forward to another busy year as the regulatory process progresses and we move closer to a final cleanup.

NASA Welcomes new Project Manager for the Santa Susana Field Lab

Published: 2/7/2017 Keith Thomsen Keith Thomsen, SSFL Remedial Project Manager

NASA welcomes Dr. Keith Thomsen as NASA’s Remedial Project Manager for the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL). He will join Peter Zorba, NASA SSFL Project Director in the continuing characterization and cleanup efforts in NASA-administered areas at SSFL.

Dr. Thomsen is an Environmental Engineer with 30 years of international experience in environmental engineering, renewable energy and sustainability. He holds a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering from Oregon State University, a Masters of Business Administration from California State University Fresno, and a doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA.

Prior to his NASA appointment, Dr. Thomsen served as the Assistant Director of Washington State University Tri-Cities where he was a key member of the leadership team responsible for starting and developing the Bioproducts Science and Engineering Laboratory, a world-class applied research and development laboratory focused on renewable energy, environmental science and engineering, sustainability, emerging technologies and climate change.

As Remedial Project Manager for NASA at SSFL, Dr. Thomsen will be responsible for developing soil and groundwater cleanup plans, and ensuring various aspects of onsite environmental compliance, including air monitoring, stormwater and hazardous waste management.

"I'm looking forward to using my experience and education to help the NASA team continue to develop and implement cost-effective and technically sound remedies for Santa Susana that meet NASA’s goal of a cleanup that is protective of public health and the environment," said Thomsen.

SSFL FieldNOTE – December 2016

Published: 12/19/2016

NASA continues to make headway with demolition of obsolete buildings and infrastructure to prepare the site for final cleanup. FieldNOTE newsletter

NASA continues with demolition work in the Skyline Area

Published: 8/6/2016

NASA kicked off Phase 2 of demolition in the Skyline Area to remove obsolete water tanks and pipeline. The photos below show the progress made with demolition of the Skyline water tanks and the pipeline leading from the water tanks to the Coca Test Area.

Skyline Tanks
This photo shows the Skyline area in March 2016, just before demolition work began. Ten water tanks can be seen on the top of a hill in the distance.
March 2016
This photo shows the Skyline area in July 2016, after significant progress with demolition work. Just two water tanks can be seen on the top of a hill in the distance.
June 2016
Skyline Coca Pipeline
This photo shows a large water pipeline extending from the Skyline area on the top of a hill, down to the Coca Test Area in March 2016, before demolition work began.
March 2016
This photos shows the hillside leading from Skyline area down to the Coca Test Area. This was taken in Juy 2016 after the pipeline had been removed as part of NASA demolition activities.
June 2016

Landscape Restoration Continues in the Service Area

Published: 8/5/2016

The photos below show the growth of vegetation in former location of Building 2204. Following demolition, a hydroseed mulch containing a seed mixture of native plants was applied. The hydroseed mix promotes revegetation, aiding in the process of restoring the natural habitat.

Building 2204 Area Hydroseeding
This photo shows a wide shot of the Building 204 area in March 2016 soon after a hydroseed mulch was applied.
March 2016
This June 2016 photo shows significant growth of vegetation where hydroseed was applied in the Building 204 demolition area.
June 2016
Building 2204 Area Hydroseeding Closeup
This photo shows a closer view of the Building 204 area in March 2016, with little vegetation growth.
March 2016
This photo shows a closer view of the Building 204 area in June 2016 where significant vegetation can be seen in the area where hydroseed mulch was applied.
June 2016

SSFL FieldNOTE – July 2016

Published: 7/25/2016

The newest edition of the FieldNOTE newsletter (PDF) provides an overview of NASA’s progress with groundwater characterization, profiles the new SSFL Project Director, and describes NASA’s preparations for wildfire season.

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