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  • Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance

    The Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) System 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.
  • Milstar Satellite Communications System

    Milstar 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, and is designed to operate through contested environments.
  • National Security Space Launch

    Spacelift is identified by Joint Publication 3-14, Space Operations, as the ability to deliver payloads (satellites or other materials) into space. Assured access to space includes spacelift operations and range operations. Air Force Space Command conducts these operations as a Service function that supports other Services and the joint force.
  • PAVE PAWS Radar System

    PAVE Phased Array Warning System (PAWS) Radars are maintained by the Air Force. 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.
  • Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System

    The Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS) is a single-faced, multi-function, UHF-Band, phased-array radar located at Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D.
  • 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 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 maintenance of military satellite constellations and other Department of Defense space systems.
  • Space Based Infrared System

    The Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program is the follow-on capability to the highly successful Defense Support Program. The SBIRS program was designed to provide a seamless operational transition from DSP to SBIRS and meet jointly-defined requirements of the defense and intelligence communities in support of the missile early warning, missile defense, battlespace awareness and technical intelligence mission areas.
  • Space Based Space Surveillance

    The Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) operates 24-hours a day, 7-days a week collecting metric and Space Object Identification data for man-made orbiting objects without the disruption of weather, time of day and atmosphere that can limit ground-based systems. SBSS has a clear and unobstructed view of resident space objects orbiting earth from its 390-mile altitude orbit.
  • Upgraded Early Warning Radars

    The Air Force maintains Upgraded Early Warning Radars (UEWR). These radars are capable of detecting ballistic missile attacks and conducting general space surveillance and satellite tracking. They are located across both the United States and United States European Command.
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