The CITE Backbone is both the “brain” and “nervous system” of the entire CITE facility. Located underground, it will serve as the operational hub from which the testing facilities are controlled and monitored.
The Backbone Hub will be will be EMP hardened and EMI protected. It will house a Network Operations Center, Data Center and operations and maintenance facilities. Taking advantage of the fact that the hub will be hardened against electromagnetic interference and pulses, it will also house research and development lab facilities (e.g. cleanrooms and analytical instrumentation labs).
The Backbone will also contain a network of conduit and tunnels branching out into the test sites carrying utility systems, materials and data. It will tie all districts, buildings and research activities together into a function whole.