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NASA Announces SSFL Oral History Project

Published: 3/18/2015

In an effort to document the history of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) and its important role in the national space flight program, NASA is compiling an SSFL oral history archive. NASA is looking for former NASA SSFL personnel to seek potential interviewees who will share their experiences working at the site. If you worked in NASA test areas and are interested in being interviewed for this project, please contact Lori Manes, NASA Community Outreach Coordinator, by phone at (818) 806-8834 or email for more information.

The audio/video archive will be posted to NASA’s history website as well as this website at the end of 2015.

HAER Fly-though Animation of Test Stand Areas at SSFL

Published: 2/9/2015

The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) has been undertaking a project to record the extant structures of test areas at SSFL to document the most intense research and development era of rocket propulsion in our nation. Some of the major rocket engine programs that used these areas for testing include the Redstone, Atlas and Jupiter engines, the predecessor to the Saturn V’s F-1 engine, the E-1, components of the F-1 engine, the upper stage engines for the Saturn V, the J-2 and the testing and development of the Space Shuttle Main Engine. HAER produced fly-through animations of Coca and Bravo Test Areas, captured with high-definition lasers—are now available for viewing at the links below.

Fly-through Animations

NASA Announces New Community Outreach Coordinator for SSFL

Published: 1/16/2015

In November 2014, NASA welcomed Lori Manes as the SSFL community outreach coordinator. Lori joins the SSFL team after several years in community involvement work with NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. You can contact Lori by email at or by phone at (818) 806-8834.

NASA Releases 2014 Year in Review

Published: 1/9/2015

The 2014 Year in Review summarizes the activities and progress made in the last year toward cleanup of NASA-administered areas of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL). NASA remains committed to keeping the community and interested stakeholders updated and we look forward to another active year of cleanup in 2015.

Groundwater Update Meeting - January 15, 2015

Published: 12/23/2014

On January 15, 2015, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Regional Office, DTSC and NASA will provide an update on Groundwater Investigation and Areas of Impacted Groundwater (AIGs) in the NASA-administered portions of SSFL, including:

  • Present the status of groundwater source area investigations; and
  • Discuss the upcoming 2015 milestones and schedule for the site cleanup.

If you wish to participate via phone please contact Lori Manes, NASA SSFL Outreach Coordinator at: by Wednesday, January 14, 2015. A copy of the meeting agenda will be e-mailed to you prior to the meeting. The call in number for this meeting is: 1-844-467-6272; Passcode: 670462#.

The DTSC Regional Office is located at 9211 Oakdale Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311.

NASA Conducted Public Tours of Demolition Areas

Published: 11/13/2014

On Friday, November 7, NASA gave over 50 interested community members the chance to tour and photograph areas at the SSFL scheduled for demolition. This work is the next step toward soil and groundwater cleanup at SSFL. The structures, once an important part of our nation’s space program, are now inactive and no longer needed.

Phase I of the demolition project is planned to begin in November with service area structures in the northern part of Area II and the Delta Test Area. The Coca Test Area structures are planned for demolition in 2016 as part of Phase II. The final phase of demolition will occur in the Alfa and Bravo Test Areas. Active public involvement has been instrumental in the preservation of at least one SSFL test stand and one control house. NASA is working with the California State Historic Preservation Officer, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC), the agency overseeing SSFL site cleanup, to finalize preservation plans.

Tour presentation

Demolition Tour Registration Closed

Published: 11/3/2014

Registration is now closed for the tours of NASA¹s SSFL Demolition Areas on November 7, 2014.

Demolition Tour - November 7, 2014

Published: 10/28/2014

Tour of NASA's planned demolition areas is Nov 7th, 2014.

Demolition Tour Flyer

SSFL FieldNOTE – November 2014

Published: 10/28/2014

This FieldNOTE newsletter describes NASA's progress towards cleanup at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and is about to take a big step forward by preparing for the demolition of test stands and supporting facilities.

SSFL FieldNOTE – August 2014

Published: 8/26/2014

This FieldNOTE newsletter describes the groundwater treatability studies NASA, Boeing, and DOE are conducting for the SSFL site. It focuses on the Bedrock Vapor Extraction (BVE) technology NASA is conducting in Area II near the Bravo Skim Pond. The goal of the treatability study is to determine if BVE is feasible to use as a full-scale cleanup option for the SSFL site.

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