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Ventura Tech Bridge at Ventura, CA
Ventura County is home to a diverse and geographic rich environment which includes public and private universities, a high technology corridor as well as Naval Base Ventura County. The Naval Base includes Point Mugu, Port Hueneme and San Nicolas Island - serving the Pacific Fleet as an all-in-one mobilization site, deep water port, railhead and airfield. The base includes more than 100 tenant commands as well as three major Warfare Centers (Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, Naval Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center and Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division). Ventura County also is home to the US Navy's Self Defense Test Ship - a remote controlled, fully functioning ship, the Navy's Deep Ocean Simulation Facility that can replicate pressures experienced in the Mariana's Trench - the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean at 35,000 feet below sea level, as well as the Navy's Sea Range - the nation's largest and most capable instrumented Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) capability covering over 27 thousand square miles of ocean and military Special Use Airspace.
TechBridge Ventura is based in Ventura California at the FATHOMWERX laboratory at the Port of Hueneme. FATHOMWERX was established in 2019 as a public-private consortium and resource for technical innovation and capability transition. FATHOMWERX includes 60,000 square feet of space focused on rapid innovation, disruption and audacious projects with support engagement, education, experimentation, and assessment, designed to connect operational stakeholders with technical subject matter experts who might assist in developing solutions to address operational needs. Through strategic partnerships within the region, programs conducted evaluate developing technologies against operational needs in the port and maritime domains, and suggest pathways for engagement, funding, collaboration and implementation.
Tech Focus Areas 5
- Additive manufacturing
- Advanced material characterization and testing
- Advanced prototyping equipment
- Mixed reality environments
- Unmanned systems