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CFB Uplands / NRC Uplands
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created by Mutt on 8/3/2010 3:43 AM
last modified by Mutt on 8/3/2010 4:02 AM
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Former military base and current research facilities including two full sized wind tunnels.
There is a history of destroying old First Air 727's here.
This was what happened to the previous 727 that was sitting on the grounds.

NRC Aircraft "Demolition" Test Showcases Security Technologies, Helps Train Emergency Response Teams
Fast fracture test also generates unique post-blast fractured aircraft structures
PARIS, FRANCE--(Marketwire - June 18, 2007) - The National Research Council of Canada Institute for Aerospace Research (NRC Aerospace) has successfully completed a three-day controlled exercise, the first of its kind in Canada, that involved the deliberate "demolition" of a decommissioned, pressurized Boeing 727 at NRC's Uplands campus in Ottawa. Participants in the exercise included a number of Canadian security technology developers and emergency response operators. The blast was achieved by detonating a bomb hidden in a laptop computer that was concealed in the aircraft's cargo bay, which was filled with luggage.

The test gave companies an opportunity to demonstrate their latest security technologies and provided NRC Aerospace with post-blast fractured aircraft structures for research and future reference. It also simulated a high-risk security environment to test the expertise and capabilities of the participating first-response groups. Two labs, one forensic and another for handling the debris, were installed near the explosion site, while thirty post-blast investigators from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada's Department of National Defence (DND), and the Ottawa police service were deployed following the explosion to find the pieces of the bomb in the debris. The Ottawa Airport Fire Department and Ottawa Fire Services carried out a full response operation to extinguish the subsequent fire.

"The exercise turned out to be of tremendous training value to everyone," stated Ron Gould, NRC Aerospace test coordinator. "For example, trainees that were part of the fire fighter crew now have real experience with a real fire in a real aircraft."

To gain access to the seat of the fire, airport firefighters used a piercing nozzle; as a result, the post-blast fire was successfully extinguished in 30 minutes. Francois Jacquet, Chief of the Ottawa Airport Fire Department, stated, "This once-in-a-lifetime training opportunity allowed our fire department to gain valuable experience. It also made us realize how quickly fire spreads from a cargo hold into the main cabin."

With the test completed, NRC Aerospace will study the damaged aircraft to learn about fractures caused by explosions, as opposed to regular wear and tear-knowledge that could help in future accident investigations. "If we are ever asked to help determine whether an explosive device was involved in the loss of an aircraft, we'll now have something to refer to," stated Nick Bellinger, NRC Aerospace Structures Group Leader.

NRC Aerospace invited eight Canadian companies specializing in security technologies to participate in the exercise: Frontline Robotics and its subsidiary White Box Robotics (Ottawa), Information Engineering Group (Montreal), Anvil Technologies (North York, Ontario), Terrapoint Canada Inc. (Ottawa), Smart Camera (Calgary), Nuctech (Ottawa), and LochIsle Inc. (Ottawa). Tidex Systems, from Israel, also participated.

Frontline Robotics, specializing in unmanned perimeter security applications, showcased a small "R2D2"-like robot equipped with sensors to scan for bombs in the cargo or passenger compartments of an aircraft. Information Engineering Group specializing in software solutions for automated surveillance, with Smart Camera and other partners demonstrated their unique, wireless, and battery-operated speed bump camera system that scans the license plates of cars entering a secure area and checks them against a database of approved vehicles. Within minutes of the detonation, Anvil Technologies provided first-responders with real-time access to on-site information using RECoNTM, a lightweight and portable emergency communications network that rapidly provides voice, video and data communication via satellite. Terrapoint Canada Inc. created a 3-D scale model of the debris field, using their vehicle-mounted LiDAR scanner TITANTM technology that gave a picture of the complete scene.

Smart Camera, specializing in video analytics, provided automated site monitoring, perimeter control and alerting capabilities using mobile cameras that relay live video to a remote monitoring station, where it can be shared instantly with specialists around the world. "That was very interesting," stated RCMP Special Constable, Jean-Yves Vermette. "For example, if we found a device at a disaster scene that we didn't recognize, we could talk immediately to somebody at the bomb data centre in the UK, or at the FBI, and ask them whether they have knowledge of it."

Other showcased products included Nuctech's X-ray Liquid Security and Binocular Stereoscopic Vehicle/Cargo Inspection Systems, LochIsle's iLochTM Internet connected door lock that allows door "keys" to be associated with individuals instead of with doors, and Tidex Systems' iPlus technology, which transforms regular 2-D video footage into a true-to-reality 3-D model.

Canada has developed many technologies to fight crime and terrorism, but often these technologies are not well known. "With this exercise we pulled together the best Canadian solutions in the field of emergencies and gave them exposure to the right audience," stated Gould. "Testing their technologies together allowed these companies to explore how their products could be integrated to further reduce the chance of an emergency situation and to arm responders with effective tools."

Recognized globally for research and innovation, Canada's National Research Council (NRC) is a leader in the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy for Canada through science and technology. NRC Aerospace is Canada's national aerospace laboratory, undertaking and promoting research and technology development in support of the Canadian aerospace community in matters affecting the design, manufacture, performance, use and safety of aerospace vehicles.

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Status: Being Demolished
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Uplands Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Owner: National Research Council and DND
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    Built: 1942
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    The Royal Canadian Air Force established RCAF Station Uplands as a wartime training station of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in 1942. The "No. 2 Service Flying Training School" (SFTS) was located at the base from August 1942 to April 1947, which was one of two RCAF facilities in the national capital region; the other being RCAF Station Rockcliffe.

    During the Cold War period of the 1950s, the station was home to several operational squadrons including 416 Squadron, 439 Squadron, 422 Squadron, 428 Squadron, 434 Squadron, 412 (Transport) Squadron, 436 (Transport) Squadron and 410 Squadron.

    RCAF Station Uplands was also the location for the No. 3 Air Movement Unit, as well as the Central Experimental and Proving Establishment (later renamed the Aeronautical Evaluation and Test Establishment), which moved to Uplands from Rockcliffe in 1957.

    The reorganization and unification of the Canadian Armed Forces in the late 1960s saw RCAF Station Uplands renamed to Canadian Forces Base Uplands (CFB Uplands) in 1968. In 1972 the facility was redesignated Canadian Forces Base Ottawa (South) or CFB Ottawa (South) as part of DND's amalgamation of Ottawa area defence properties into CFB Ottawa. Despite this change, the Uplands name remained in popular usage through to the base's eventual decommissioning.

    During the 1970s, the base hosted 450 (Heavy Transport) Squadron (later redesignated No. 450 (Transport) Helicopter Squadron) and 426 (Transport Training) Squadron. 450 was one of two squadrons using CH-47 Chinooks. Other units included the Canadian Forces Support Unit Ottawa, and the Canadian Forces Airborne Sensing Unit, a detachment of 414 Electronic Warfare Squadron based at CFB North Bay.

    Following the end of the Cold War, the Canadian Forces underwent major budget cuts and reorganization, resulting in several bases being closed during the mid-1990s, one of which was all of CFB Ottawa; CFB Ottawa (North) being the former CFB Rockcliffe and CFB Ottawa (South) being the former CFB Uplands.

    The Uplands facility was decommissioned as a base in 1996, however the buildings and tarmac remain the property of the Canadian Forces, with the VIP transport unit No. 412 Squadron (based out of CFB Trenton) operating from these facilities and using the Uplands airfield, which is now the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.

    Additionally, the Canada Reception Centre is located on the former CFB Uplands

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