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The Data Acquisition Segment antenna, located in Huntsville, Ala.
The Data Acquisition Segment antenna, located in Huntsville, Ala. is a principle component of the Eagle Vision system used by the 226th Combat Communication Squadron to receiving the satellite imagery for processing and distribution.
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Eagle Vision, 226th Combat Communications Group supports Colorado fire response

Posted 7/10/2012   Updated 7/10/2012 Email story   Print story


by Major Brooke Brander
Air Force Space Command Public Affairs

7/10/2012 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  -- The 226th Combat Communications Group in Huntsville, Ala. was tasked on June 14 to support the High Park fire and on June 27 to support the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado with Eagle Vision.

Fifty-three, 60-by-60 kilometers (approximately 37 square miles) satellite imagery swaths have been processed and distributed to Colorado fire response authorities by the 226th CCG via Eagle Vision since June 18.

Eagle Vision is a family of deployable, commercial satellite ground stations that collect and process near-real-time optical and synthetic aperture radar imagery from commercial satellite constellations. Eagle Vision commercial imagery is unclassified, making it readily shareable and releasable to emergency and first responders, as well as non-DOD disaster response agencies. Eagle Vision and the units providing the capability are managed and tasked by the Headquarters Air Force's office of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Innovations in Washington, D.C.

Eagle Vision's unclassified imagery is provided directly to the first responders through the Hazards Data Distribution System at the U.S. Geological Survey and Eagle Vision & ROVER Responsive Exploitation of Space Products for Tactical Use or EVR2EST website. Disaster response officials use the satellite imagery to plan, prioritize and optimize their actions.

In addition to the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires, the 226th CCG is currently providing Eagle Vision support to the Little Bear fire in New Mexico, the Ash Creek fire in Montana, the Oil Creek Fire in Wyoming, as well as the floods in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The 226th CCG is an Air Force Space Command unit.

The Eagle Vision family of systems is operated by members of four Air National Guard units, which include the 201st Combat Communications Group in Hawaii, the 147th Combat Communications Squadron in California, the 169th Fighter Wing in South Carolina, and the 226th CCG, and one active-duty unit, the 24th Intel Squadron at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Eagle Vision has provided planning and mission support to combat operations since 1994, including operations such as Allied Force, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom as well as disaster relief support during Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2011 earthquake in Japan and subsequent tsunami, and nearly every Continental U.S. and Hawaiian natural disaster identified event.

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