• Advancing the evolution of robotic & intelligent system technologies

  • Robot Vehicle Range

    A cutting-edge outdoor test & development center

  • Ideal test & development site

    226 acres of open desert terrain, rolling hills, & mild temperatures

Robotic Manufacturing Science & Engineering Laboratory

Sandia and the Department of Energy created the Robotic Manufacturing Science & Engineering Laboratory (RMSEL) for High Consequence, Automation, & Robotics (HCAR) to advance the evolution of robotic and intelligent system technologies. The 73,000 square-foot facility was designed to accommodate the unique needs of robotics and intelligent systems research and development. Complete with high-bay laboratories, office space, and a second-floor viewing gallery concourse, the facility enables researchers to collaborate to advance robotics and intelligent systems technologies.

  • High-bay labs for large-scale precision gantry and pedestal robot
  • Manufacturing processes such as brazing, soldering, welding, and cutting
  • Labs for assembly of microsystems
  • Sensor, control, and vision systems
  • Computer modeling and simulation capabilities
  • Remote intelligent vehicles
  • Virtual reality environments
  • Outdoor test area for mobile robotic experiments such as demining, waste remediation, or construction

Robot Vehicle Range

The Robotic Vehicle Range (RVR) is located near the base of the Manzano Mountains on Kirtland Air Force base and serves as the HCAR's outdoor test and development center. Established in 1986, the 320-acre site contains both rolling hills and open desert terrain, complete with an abundance of sunshine, low humidity, and a tolerable range of seasonal temperatures making the RVR an ideal outside development and test site. The RVR is supported with an office complex providing conferencing and network capabilities.

  • Two high-bay labs
  • Improved dirt tracks
  • Unimproved dirt tracks
  • Graveled areas
  • Asphalt test pad
  • Automotive garage
  • Machine shop
  • Communications tower
  • Observation tower
  • Six assembly and test labs