DOE NATIONAL LABORATORY:
Sandia has served for more than 50 years as one of the major
national defense R&D labs, starting in 1945 in Albuquerque,
New Mexico, as part of the Manhattan Project, which built the
first nuclear weapons. AT&T began managing Sandia in 1949
after President Harry Truman offered the company "an opportunity
to render an exceptional service in the national interest."
In 1993, Lockheed Martin (then Martin Marietta) assumed
management of the Labs.
Today Sandia has two primary facilities, one in Albuquerque and
one in Livermore, California. Sandia employs about 7,450 people
and manage about $1.4 billion of work per year.
Sandia is funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy to
design all of the non-nuclear components of the nation's nuclear
weapons. Sandia also works closely with many U.S. government and
industry groups to make contributions to preserve the nation's
security. We constantly explore new opportunities to team with
government, industry, and university partners in this mission.
Sandia pursues "science and engineering with the mission
in mind" finding solutions to the nation's most challenging
Wind tunnel tests support improved aerodynamic design of B61-12 bomb
Sandia National Laboratories has finished eight days of testing a full-scale mock unit representing the aerodynamic characteristics of the B61-12 gravity bomb in a wind tunnel.
The tests on the mock-up were done to establish the configuration that will deliver the necessary spin motion of the bomb during freefall and are an important milestone in the Life Extension Program to deliver a new version of the aging system, the B61-12.