National Laboratory


The story of Kirtland Air Force Base merges the lineage of three bases (Kirtland, Manzano and Sandia) combined in 1971 from World War II-era and early Cold War infrastructure around Albuquerque. Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland performs research in many areas of high altitude and space-related activities.

The facilities at Sandia National Laboratories also push the limits on energetic materials research and radiation effects on satellites. Sandia advisors were instrumental during the investigation into the 2003 space shuttle Columbia accident.

~Joseph T. Page II
New Mexico Space Trail

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Official Website: Sandia National Laboratory
Active: Since 1945
Visitor Information: Visitors' Page
Getting There: Sandia/New Mexico is located on Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) in southeastern Albuquerque. Proceed south from I-40 on Eubank Boulevard, or south from I-40 on Wyoming Boulevard, or east from I-25 on Gibson Boulevard.The Sandia Badge Office is located just outside KAFB at the Innovation Parkway Office Center (IPOC), 1611 Innovation Parkway SE. 
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Other Locations: Technology park, test facilities, and more