Overview. MESA is a DOD-recognized national asset and is the only facility of its kind in the world. It provides cost effective, timely and accurate dynamic missile engagement test data. Missile fuzes are tested against various targets, including full-scale fighter aircraft, in a secure, controlled laboratory environment, with all weather, round-the-clock operational capabilities. The unique indoor environment lends itself to a wide variety of other types of testing as well.
Types of Testing/Service
- Missile lethality
- Air-vehicle survivability
- Accurate measurements of sensor/vehicle end game properties
- Development of new anti-air weapons to meet evolving threats
- NASA parachute testing for Mars Lander, laser radar tests,
and simulated ocean environment testing
MESA is the most cost-effective alternative to expensive and often uncontrollable test conditions associated with field tests. Hundreds of runs can be made each day in a controlled and repeatable fashion. Field tests such as full-scale missile firings, flyovers, supersonic sled runs and pull-by tests are all costly, and they lack test control and repeatability. Targets are often restricted to available drones or U.S. aircraft. MESA is the answer!
MESA works closely with the NAVAIR WD Radar Reflectivity Lab at Point Mugu, CA and with the Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator (AFEWES) in Fort Worth, Texas.
- Large indoor test range and secure office and vault spaces
- Indoor test arena is 150 feet wide, 405 feet long and 90 feet high
- Coated interior surfaces minimize and control background clutter
Scope of operations
- Time in operation. Since 1995
- Number of employees. 10
- Number of annual test events. 10-20
- Test time range. 1 week to several months
- Building area. 84,190sq.ft.
- Location. China Lake, California