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Canoga Park 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, February 25, 2018
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. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceScience & Medicine.
 
Location. 34° 14.005′ N, 118° 35.279′ W. Marker is in Canoga Park, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from De Soto Avenue 0.2 miles south of Nordhoff Street, on the left when traveling south. Near the parking lot of Aerojet Rocketdyne. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8900 De Soto Avenue, Canoga Park CA 91304, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. F-1 Engine (within shouting distance of this marker); Olive Trees (approx.
Santa Susana Field Laboratory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, May 15, 2018
2. Santa Susana Field Laboratory Marker
1.7 miles away); The Munch Box (approx. 1.8 miles away); Stagecoach Trail (approx. 2.2 miles away); Canoga Park Branch Library (approx. 2.3 miles away); Canoga Park Fire Station #72 (approx. 2.3 miles away); Carl Dentzel (approx. 2.4 miles away); Chatsworth Community Church (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canoga Park.
 
Regarding Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Laboratory. The Santa Susana Field Laboratory was a research facility located in the Santa Susana Mountains, six miles west of the marker. It was 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. The facility is not open to the public except during occasional guided tours by the current owner, Boeing. At the marker dedication ceremony at SSFL in 2001, attendees had the opportunity to witness a rocket motor test (including me, -CB).

Located within the Santa Susana Field Laboratory
SSFL Marker and F-1 Engine image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, May 15, 2018
3. SSFL Marker and F-1 Engine
The rocket engine was built at the Rocketdyne factory, originally located on Canoga Avenue south of Vanowen Street.
is Burro Flats Painted Cave, with the best-preserved Indian pictographs in Southern California, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. — A replica of this marker is located at SSFL.
 
F-1 Engine and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, May 15, 2018
4. F-1 Engine and Marker
SSFL Main Gate image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, June 9, 2018
5. SSFL Main Gate
At Woolsey Canyon Road and Black Canyon Road.
Rocket Test Stand at SSFL image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2014
6. Rocket Test Stand at SSFL
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 17, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on February 8, 2020. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 17, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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