Accession Number : ADA611298
Title : Environmental Assessment: For the Testing and Evaluation of Directed Energy System Using Laser Technology, Edwards Air Force Base
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : TETRA TECH INC PASADENA CA
Personal Author(s) : Bates, Michelle A ; Charles, Judith ; Collinson, Thomas B ; Eldridge, Jacqueline C ; Ige, Geri K ; Knight, James W
Report Date : Aug 2006
Pagination or Media Count : 361
Abstract : The U.S. Air Force proposes to test and evaluate low, medium, and high power directed energy (DE) systems using light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation (laser) techno logy at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), California, and within the R-2508 Complex . All targets will be physically located on or above Edwards AFB, ins ide the restricted area R-2515. Up to 100 acres could be designated for target areas; however each individual target area would be limited to 5 acres. The Proposed Action is being developed to support the Air Force goal of meeting future requirements that are considered necessary for the defense of the territorial United States. The Proposed Action will support the testing and integration testing of laser systems on aircraft and other delivery platforms which is considered one of the primary functions of the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, California. The Proposed Action would authorize the Air Force Flight Test Center to conduct up to 140 night tests (including chase aircraft) and 24 ground tests beginning in 2006-increasing to up to 394 flight tests (including chase aircraft) and 24 ground tests in 2010-for low, medium, and high power laser systems. Alternative B would limit the test to using surrogate laser systems (very low power), and Alternative C. the No-Action Alternative, would limit the events to those previously authorized under the Airborne Laser (ABL) test program.
Descriptors : *AIR FORCE FACILITIES , *ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT , *LASERS , *TEST FACILITIES , AIR SPACE , CULTURAL RESOURCES , DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS , GEOLOGY , HAZARDOUS MATERIALS , HAZARDOUS WASTES , INFRASTRUCTURE , LAND USE , NATURAL RESOURCES , NOISE , SAFETY , SOILS , WATER RESOURCES
Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers
Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
Environmental Health and Safety
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE