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The National and Homeland Security Testing Facilities are singularly positioned to support a wide variety of full-scale and practical testing opportunities for the DOE, DOD, NNSA, DHS, and other federal and industrial collaborators. INL has a campus in Idaho Falls and an isolated 890-square mile Site located about 45 miles west of Idaho Falls. The Site’s unparalleled geography includes several dedicated test ranges and available airspace that allows research to be conducted safely and securely.

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Radiological Range Explosives Test Range Electric Grid Test Bed Water test bed Secure Assessment Lab Nuclear Test Beds UAV Test Bed EV Test Labs Wireless Test Bed Control Systems Labs

Radiological Range

The laboratory’s 890-squaremile site can be used for largescale interagency technology 13-GA50222-03 and capability demonstrations. Students also have access to nuclear facilities including operating reactors, hot cells, and analytical laboratories inside a controlled location that provides a safe and secure environment for training.

  •          INL has conducted RDD and WMD classroom and field training since 2002.
  •          Participants have controlled access to live radioactive materials including sealed sources, fissile materials, and spent nuclear fuels.
  •          INL’s 890-square-mile site, nuclear infrastructure, and staff expertise are ideal for conducting detection, identification, measurement, and recovery exercises.
  •          The laboratory has provided source material and expertise to agencies wishing to conduct training at their facilities.
  •          INL’s site has been utilized for several radiological joint capability and technology demonstrations.

 

Explosives Test Range

The complex consists of eight indoor and outdoor ranges, and tactical training facilities located on 330 acres of iso­lated, desert-type terrain. The facilities support research and development testing and train­ing and testing of handguns, rifles and heavy weapons such as machine guns, precision rifles, grenade launchers and shoulder-fired, anti-armor weapons. Explosive training and testing, including breach­ing, is also conducted.

National Security Test Range provides access to capabilities to understand and mitigate emerging challenges being faced on the battlefield.

 

  • 8.7 ­km range fan
  • Classified testing capability
  • Tactical breaching training
  • Classified networking
  • Dynamic testing experience

Electric Grid Test Bed

INL operates its own electri­cal power transmission and distribution system, 24/7. The grid, which is linked with state-of-the-art SCADA, com­munications and cyber testing capabilities, is operated under a full range of climatic condi­tions (temperature, wind, snow, ice, ozone). We can safely isolate sections of the grid and associated infra­structure to conduct full-scale testing of technology, compo­nents, systems and processes.

This functioning power grid consists of 61 miles of 138 kV transmission loop distribution that feeds power to the INL and allow our expert staff to configure numerous net­work topologies to meet any customer’s needs. Within the loop there are multiple feed­ers, transformers, and seven independent substations. These resources allow us to bring testing out of the theoretical, and into the real world.

Water test bed

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Water Security Test Bed (WSTB) at INL to inform responses to disasters that interrupt domestic water supplies. About 450 feet of eight-inch piping is assembled above ground to simulate a full-scale distribution system. Researchers are able to easily modify the system and contain any nefarious agents that may be injected into the pipe as part of an experiment. A typical experiment involves injecting a biological or chemical agent followed by flushing, chlorination, or other decontamination methods.

Secure Assessment Lab

As a world leader in control systems cybersecurity, INL has more than 100,000 square feet of laboratory and electronics testing space for analyzing and testing operational technology such as industrial control systems and other relevant technology including programmable logic controllers, remote terminal units, digital relays and energy management systems. These labs are enhanced by employees with specialized expertise in operational technology cybersecurity, power systems engineering and vulnerability analysis. The lab’s control systems test beds can be connected directly to INL’s grid, creating a full-scale test and evaluation environment.

Nuclear Test Beds

INL’s radiological facilities and an expansive site provide an unprecedented environment for research, demonstration and realistic training exercises aligned with today’s national security challenges.

  • Access to various forms of nuclear materials
  • Analytical laboratories
  • Authorized environmental and safety permits
  • Expertise to support aerial measurements and ground sampling
  • Forensic and dispersion training facilities
  • Specifically suited for testing nuclear technology
  • Supports large scale nuclear technology demonstration
  • Assists in the deployment of nuclear technologies

UAV Test Bed

With its access-controlled boundary, high-desert terrain and sparse population, INL’s desert site is in a unique position to offer unmanned aerial vehicle and unmanned ground vehicle collaborative operational testing and demonstration. INL’s UAS program focuses on unique applications and missions for a wide variety of customers looking for affordable, field-deployable airframe technologies with meaningful payload and endurance. The lab’s UAS training is designed to ensure that unmanned aerial vehicles are used properly throughout the Department of Energy and its National Nuclear Security Administration. The range also supports implementation of new legislation regarding protection of critical infrastructure.

EV Test Labs

As a world leader in control systems cybersecurity, INL has more than 100,000 square feet of laboratory and electronics testing space for analyzing and testing operational technology such as industrial control systems and other relevant technology including programmable logic controllers, remote terminal units, digital relays and energy management systems. These labs are enhanced by employees with specialized expertise in operational technology cybersecurity, power systems engineering and vulnerability analysis. The lab’s control systems test beds can be connected directly to INL’s grid, creating a full-scale test and evaluation environment.

Wireless Test Bed

INL offers large-scale, end-to-end testing emerging cellular, land mobile radios, wire­less local area network and backhaul (microwave, FSO, satellite) systems to industry and government. The labo­ratory is authorized by the National Telecommunications and Information Administra­tion (NTIA) to operate as an experimental radio station.

As a result, INL can test commu­nications systems with a view toward science or technology.

With its cell tower infrastruc­ture, low RF noise, and access to INL’s experienced telecom­munications design staff and test engineers, customers can test in an isolated environ­ment without public beta test risks or impact to critical or emergency infrastructures.

  • 170 miles of fiber - OC-3, OC-12 fiber links over SONET/ATM backbone.
  • 2-way radio systems, cell phones, and hard-wired systems.
  • intranet systems, intrusion detection, firewall, and secure communications.

Control Systems Labs

As a world leader in control systems cybersecurity, INL has more than 100,000 square feet of laboratory and electronics testing space for analyzing and testing operational technology such as industrial control systems and other relevant technology including programmable logic controllers, remote terminal units, digital relays and energy management systems. These labs are enhanced by employees with specialized expertise in operational technology cybersecurity, power systems engineering and vulnerability analysis. The lab’s control systems test beds can be connected directly to INL’s grid, creating a full-scale test and evaluation environment.

LEADING CAPABILITIES

  • Several firing ranges and a blast ceiling of 20,000 pounds
  • Over 60 miles of 138kv, multiple substations and power grids
  • Cellular, microwave, satellite, and fiber-optic backhaul wireless communication systems
  • Over 100,000 square feet of cybersecurity labs, collaborative spaces and secure meeting spaces
  • Municipal water system with pressurized pipelines, household systems, and automated controls
  • Over 3,000 square miles of FAA COA airspace with a 1,000-foot unmanned aerial systems runway
  • Access to the world-leading Advanced Test Reactor and large nuclear material and post-irradiation examination hot cells

Capabilities

Advanced Testing Experience

Scientific Measuring

Prototyping and Characterization

Computer Simulation

Additional Resources

National Security Training and Exercises

National Security Test Range (NSTR)

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The nation requires advanced tools and techniques to ensure the safety of our war fighters. Idaho National Laboratory‘s National Security Test Range provides access to capabilities to understand and mitigate emerging challenges being faced on the battlefield.

The range is positioned to support a wide variety of full-scale and practical testing opportunities for the DOE, DOD, NNSA, DHS, and other federal and industrial collaborators. Located about 45 miles west of Idaho Falls, INLs exceptional geography includes 330 acres of isolated desert terrain with eight dedicated test ranges, tactical facilities and restricted airspace that allow research to be conducted safely and securely.

National and Homeland Security expertise at the lab spans ballistics, explosives and barrier testing, current breaching strategies, high-performance modeling and simulation capabilities, and classified program support. The National Security Test Range is home to comprehensive research and testing capabilities that are flexible and adaptable to meet custom requirements.

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Advanced Testing Experience

  • Domestic small arms and heavy weapons ballistics
  • Foreign weapons, grenades and rockets
  • Military, foreign improvised, secondary HME, binary, custom explosives
  • Barrier testing including VBIED testing
  • Explosive breaching techniques – including heavy breaching
  • Emerging threat intelligence
  • Explosive and energetics chemists
  • Mechanical/thermal breaching techniques
  • Delay analysis and testing for vulnerability assessments
  • Custom test fixtures for R&D
  • Scientific test cannons – 14.5mm, 20mm, 30mm
  • Flyer plates, EFPs, IEDs, various shaped charges

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Scientific Measuring

Dynamic Scientific Measuring

  • Pressure (free-field, incident, transmitted), acceleration, force, strain, velocity, penetration
  • High-Speed Data Acquisition
    • Hi-techniques meDAQ, 16 ch, 2MS/sec/ch, PC controlled
    • National Instruments/PCB, 2 PXI chassis, 96 ch each, 60MS/sec/ch, extensible
  • High Speed Photography and Advanced Flash X-ray
    • Phantom cameras – models V7-V12
    • L3 Titan FXR system, four heads, 450keV, multi-trigger orthogonal view

The flash X-ray system can see through smoke and fire to reveal how a projectile or weapon interacts with armor at the exact moment of impact. See a narrated slideshow from a flash X-ray demonstration.

Prototyping and Characterization

Dedicated Manufacturing Facilities for Secure Prototyping and Production

  • custom fabrication, variety of CNC machines
  • precision parts
  • welding
  • rolling
  • electro-discharge machines
  • grinding, polishing
  • optical comparators
  • furnaces

Explosive and Energetic Materials Characterization

  • Energetic material test chamber
  • Electrostatic discharge testing
  • Acoustic mixing

Computer Simulation

Computer Simulation

  • Dedicated classified cluster with 256 cores and 768GB total memory
  • Dedicated unclassified cluster with 144 cores and 288GB total memory
  • Other high-performance scientific computers
  • CTH, Alegra, LS-Dyna, ABAQUS, ALE3D, visualization and optimization codes

National Security Training and Exercises

N&HS develops and deploys training and exercises to enhance national security. INL provides training and exercises with an emphasis on the protection and security of the nation. This approach accelerates the maturation of technologies and methodologies from the conceptual to deployment stages; optimizes the benefits of leveraging investments in expertise, research programs and technical infrastructure; and creates effective environments for immediate information sharing of discoveries and emerging threats.

For information on NSTR training and exercises, contact: James.Schondel@inl.gov

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Electric Grid Test Bed

To safeguard the public and support the Department of Energy’s (DOE) mission to ensure our energy delivery system is secure, resilient and reliable, Idaho National Laboratory operates a utility-scale electric grid test bed. The test bed is an operational, commercially fed system that provides power to INL’s key research facilities across its sprawling 890-square mile desert Site.

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The test bed includes: seven substations, a control center, 61 miles of 138kV transmission lines and multiple distribution circuits at 15kV, 25kV and 35kV.  Recently completed enhancements to the test bed allow 65% of U.S. distribution class voltages to be represented alongside additional fiber connectivity, instrumentation and SmartGrid interface test points. The test bed’s loop-fed substations are linked with modern Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and a dedicated fiberoptic communication network. These resources allow us to bring testing out of the theoretical, and into the real world.

Control Systems and Energy Labs

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As a world leader in control systems cybersecurity, INL has more than 100,000 square feet of laboratory and electronics testing space for analyzing and testing operational technology such as industrial control systems and other relevant technology including programmable logic controllers, remote terminal units, digital relays and energy management systems. These labs are enhanced by employees with specialized expertise in operational technology cybersecurity, power systems engineering and vulnerability analysis. The lab’s control systems test beds can be connected directly to INL’s grid, creating a full-scale test and evaluation environment.

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Next Generation Wireless Test Bed

INL’s Wireless Test Bed provides industrial/commercial and academic users access to the full capacity of INL’s wireless resources. With suitable sponsorship, academic institutions interested in openly published work may perform research, experimentation and testing at minimal cost.

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INL personnel are leading efforts in standards committees and special interest groups regarding wireless innovation; public safety and disaster recovery communications; spectrum sharing research databases and formats; and security vulnerabilities in commercial wireless systems.

Unmanned Aerial Systems Runway

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With its access-controlled boundary, high-desert terrain and sparse population, INL’s desert Site is in a unique position to offer unmanned aerial vehicle and unmanned ground vehicle collaborative operational testing and demonstration. INL’s UAS program focuses on applications and missions for a wide variety of customers looking for affordable, field-deployable airframe technologies with meaningful payload and endurance. The lab’s UAS training is designed to ensure that unmanned aerial vehicles are used properly throughout the Department of Energy and its National Nuclear Security Administration. The range also supports implementation of new legislation regarding protection of critical infrastructure.

Radiological Response Test Ranges

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The laboratory’s 890-square mile Site can be used for large-scale interagency technology and capability demonstrations. Students also have access to nuclear facilities including operating reactors, hot cells, and analytical laboratories inside a controlled location that provides a safe and secure environment for training.

  • INL has conducted RDD and WMD classroom and field training since 2002.
  • Participants have controlled access to live radioactive materials including sealed sources, fissile materials, and spent nuclear fuels.
  • INL’s 890-square-mile Site, nuclear infrastructure, and staff expertise are ideal for conducting detection, identification, measurement, and recovery exercises.
  • The laboratory has provided source material and expertise to agencies wishing to conduct training at their facilities.
  • The INL’s Site has been utilized for several radiological joint capability and technology demonstrations.

Nuclear Test Beds

INL’s radiological facilities and an expansive desert Site provide an unprecedented environment for research, demonstration and realistic training exercises aligned with today’s national security challenges.

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  • Access to various forms of nuclear materials
  • Analytical laboratories
  • Authorized environmental and safety permits
  • Expertise to support aerial measurements and ground sampling
  • Forensic and dispersion training facilities
  • Specifically suited for testing nuclear technology
  • Supports large scale nuclear technology demonstration
  • Assists in the deployment of nuclear technologies

Water Security Test Bed

Water Test Bed

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Water Security Test Bed (WSTB) at INL to inform responses to disasters that interrupt domestic water supplies. About 450 feet of 8-inch piping is assembled above ground to simulate a full-scale distribution system. Researchers are able to easily modify the system and contain any nefarious agents that may be injected into the pipe as part of an experiment. A typical experiment involves injecting a biological or chemical agent followed by flushing, chlorination, or other decontamination methods.

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