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.