Remote Sensing/Arial Measurement

Remote Sensing/Aerial Measurement

RSL technologist
RSL technologist performs diagnostics on detection equipment electronics

The Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) is a center for the design, development, fabrication, and utilization of detection instruments, specialized equipment, and advanced operational techniques in support of counterterrorism and radiological-incident response. 

RSL has several crisis response and consequence management emergency response teams specially trained and fully equipped to respond to a variety of radiological situations, including nuclear power plant accidents, nuclear terrorist incidents, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launches, and transportation events. Located at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, the RSL is on call 24-hours a day, seven days a week and can provide rapid deployment of these emergency response assets to anywhere in the country in just a few hours. The teams can also deploy internationally to support Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) operations anywhere in the world.

As part of its emergency response, RSL provides:

  • deployable crisis response and consequence management assistance;
  • emergency communications network;
  • home team support to RSL teams, Render Safe assets and other federal, state, tribal, and local organizations;
  • logistics and operations support; and
  • training and exercise planning and execution.
RSL communications engineer
RSL communications engineer sets up a Mobile Emergency Communications Network (ECN) unit


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