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  • Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program

    MissionGSSAP satellites are a space-based capability operating in the near-geosynchronous orbit regime supporting U.S. Strategic Command space surveillance operations as a dedicated Space Surveillance Network (SSN) sensor.GSSAP satellites support the Joint Force Space Component Commander (JFSCC) tasking to collect space situational awareness data
  • Global Broadcast Service

    MissionGBS operates as a one-way broadcast capability supporting timely delivery of video products, unclassified & classified data for mission support and theater info transferBackgroundBeginning in 1998, GBS broadcasts via communication payloads on two UFO Ka-Band augmented satellites and all WGS satellites (Ka- and X-Band). Initial Operational
  • Global Positioning System

    MissionThe Global Positioning System is a constellation of orbiting satellites that provides navigation data to military and civilian users all over the world. The system is operated and controlled by the 50th Space Wing, located at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.FeaturesGPS satellites orbit the earth every 12 hours, emitting continuous navigation
  • Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance

    MissionThe Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance System, or GEODSS, plays a vital role in tracking deep space objects. More than 2,500 objects, including geostationary communication satellites, are in deep space orbits varying in altitude from 10,000 to 45,000 kilometers from Earth. Approximately 23,000 known man-made objects orbit
  • Milstar Satellite Communications System

    MissionMilstar provides the President, Secretary of Defense and the U.S. armed forces with assured, survivable satellite communications (SATCOM) with low probability of interception and detection is designed to overcome enemy jamming and nuclear effects. BackgroundThe objective of the Milstar program was to create a global, secure,
  • PAVE PAWS Radar System

    MissionThe Air Force maintains two PAVE PAWS Radars. These radars are capable of detecting Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) attacks and conducting general space surveillance and satellite tracking.  PAVE is a military program identification code; Phased Array Warning System (PAWS).The PAVE PAWS are two faced ground based UHF-band phased
  • Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System

    Mission The Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS) is a single-faced, multi-function, UHF-Band, phased-array radar located at Cavalier AFS, ND. The primary mission of PARCS Cavalier AFS, ND, keeps watch for sea-launched and intercontinental ballistic missiles launched toward North America, and to collect Launch and
  • Processing Reentries of Space Objects - 18th Space Control Squadron

    The 18th Space Control Squadron (18 SPCS) predicts when and where man-made objects will reenter the Earth’s atmosphere. It does so on behalf of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), in support of U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Force Space Component Command (JFSCC), which is charged with executing USSTRATCOM’s presidentially assigned Space Operations mission area. This fact sheet presents how 18 SPCS processes reentries, the systems used to do so, current challenges, and the products, notifications and reports issued throughout the process.
  • Space and Cyberspace Analysis Resource Portal

    Higher headquarters guidance, the reality of constrained budgets, and a marked increase in efficiency gained by sharing knowledge are the motivations behind the need to distribute space data and information effectively. Air Force Space Command's answer to this need is the Space and Cyberspace Analysis Resource Portal (SARP),
  • Space and Missile Systems Center

    The Space and Missile Systems Center, a subordinate unit of Air Force Space Command, is the center of technical excellence for developing, acquiring, fielding and sustaining military space systems. SMC's mission is to deliver resilient and affordable space capabilities. The center is responsible for on-orbit check-out, testing, sustainment and
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