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Near West Hills in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Laboratory

AIAA Historic Aerospace Site

 
 
Santa Susana Field Laboratory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 20, 2019
1. Santa Susana Field Laboratory Marker
Inscription.  On 15 November 1950, the SSFL conducted its first official test with a Rocketdyne-designed XLR43-NA-1 large liquid propellant rocket engine, which later became the Redstone engine. Encompassing 2558 acres, 18 large static test stands, 5 component test laboratories and an advanced test facility, the SSFL and its dedicated employees have provided significant contributions to U.S. rocketry and space programs for over 50 years.
 
Erected 2001 by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the AIAA Historic Aerospace Sites series list.
 
Location. 34° 14.149′ N, 118° 40.493′ W. Marker is near West Hills, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Facility Road south of Woolsey Canyon Road, on the left when traveling south. Located in the SSFL property, only open during occasional tours by the current owner, Boeing. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Hills CA 91307, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of
Santa Susana Field Laboratory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 20, 2019
2. Santa Susana Field Laboratory Marker
Playground equipment is from a long-gone employees' recreation center in nearby West Hills.
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this marker, measured as the crow flies. Santa Susana Railroad Depot (approx. 1.9 miles away); Corriganville (approx. 2.3 miles away); Orcutt Ranch (approx. 2.3 miles away); Ancient Live Oaks And Old Mission Lime Kilns (approx. 2.4 miles away); In Memory of Those Who Perished (approx. 2.6 miles away); Schaefer House (approx. 2.8 miles away); Old Santa Susana Stage Road (approx. 3.2 miles away); Heritage Oak (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Hills.
 
More about this marker. This marker is a replica of the original marker now located at Aerojet Rocketdyne in Canoga Park.
 
Regarding Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Laboratory. The Santa Susana Field Laboratory was a research facility used mainly for the testing of rocket engines from 1949 to 2006, and nuclear reactors from 1953 to 1980. The site ended research operations in 2006. The years of rocket testing and nuclear reactor testing have left the site significantly contaminated. Environmental cleanup is ongoing.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. — The original marker at Aerojet Rocketdyne in Canoga Park.
 
SSFL Main Gate image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, June 9, 2018
3. SSFL Main Gate
Rocket Test Stand image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2014
4. Rocket Test Stand
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 6, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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