Kauai Test Facility
is situated on the north end of the U.S. Navy
Pacific Missile Range Facility on the west side
of the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The Kauai Test
Facility has 25 major buildings. Kauai Test
Facility is equipped with resources for
assembling, testing, launching, tracking, and
recovering instrumented rockets, rocket
payloads, and aircraft payloads. The Facility
also provides high-quality capabilities for
receiving, recording, and "quicklook playback"
of radio telemetered test data. Additionally,
resources are available for optical tracking and
photometric coverage of test objects and
The Kauai Test Facility has been in operation since the mid-1970s, conducting an average of three to four weapon system delivery tests per year. The Department of Energy (DOE) suspected that these tests resulted in contamination of three release sites including the rocket launch pads, a drum storage area, and a photography laboratory.