White Sands Missile Range (WSMR)


The largest rocket range of United States Army is the White Sands Missile Range which covers a 3,200 square miles in the southern part of New Mexico and five other nearby counties. Otera Range and the Oscura Mesa bombing range are found in this installation area.  Fort Bliss Range Complex which occupies 600,000 acres makes the place an ideal location for the military testing.

White Sands Missile Range Facts

  • Website: Visit WSMR Website ›
  • Location: southern New Mexico
  • Phone: (505) 678-2121
  • Latitude: 32.942996
  • Longitude: -106.418982
  • DSN: 258-2121

White Sands Missile Range objective is to offer the best service in the following areas such as design, test research, experimentation, development, training and assessment for new missile procedures. At present, White Sands Missile Range conducts the following operations of the Solar Dynamics Observatory, Orion Project Launch Abort flight Test Complex Ground Support for the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite and the different operations related to missile testing and recovery.

The location of Sands Missile Range is perfect for various applications in support for the missile testing. The main testing range is found in Tularosa Basin in the south-central part of New Mexico and the other range is the Electronic Proving Ground situated in the base of Huachuca Mountains in the southeastern part of Arizona. The main range has an area of 40 miles by 100 miles.

Module mockup

Museum at White Sands Missile Range

White Sands Missile Range Areal View

Open day at White Sands Missile Range

This range is bounded by El Paso on the south, Alamogordo on the north eastern part and Las Cruces on the west and the mountains that have a height of 9,000 feet which serve as a good location for various missile testing. The main range has dry climate with rainfall of 12 inches yearly and has low humidity while the other range has perfect weather with open space, good visibility perfect environment for testing the electronic war equipments and other communication facilities.

White Sands Missile Range goal is to best virtual and live missile range facility for joint system, integration, component and integration in supporting their efforts in the wartime applications and transformation.

About Richard Wilson

Military veteran who spent most if his active military career outside US and never made back and currently lives in Europe but still haven't lost passion about military forces.

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