17th TS contributes to AFSCN versatility
By Senior Master Sgt. Brent Braun, 17th Test Squadron
/ Published June 13, 2006
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
The 17th Test Squadron here conducted a 30-day force development evaluation of the 13-meter Antedo antenna at a Defence Communications Services Agency site in the United Kingdom from Aug. 24 to Sept. 22.
The six-person test team observed more than 1,000 satellite supports with a 100-percent success rate during the evaluation of the A-side of DCSA’s Telemetry and Command Station.
“This test is a significant milestone for the site and the (Air Force Satellite Control Network) and marks the completion of more than three years of hard work by our U.S. and British government and contractor team,” said Maj. Robert Roy, Telemetry and Command Station operations officer, Oakhanger, England.
The FDE’s goal was to collect system effectiveness and suitability data to support AFSPC’s acceptance decision for operational use, said Senior Master Sgt. Brent Braun, test manager.
“The new system plays a vital role in worldwide military operations and spreading the workload of the AFSCN,” Sergeant Braun said.
Lt. Col. Scott Hower, 17th TS commander, praised the test team’s work as a testing success.
“The culmination of teamwork and professionalism on behalf of the test team, owning unit and command leads were instrumental in providing (AFSPC) an unbiased appraisal of this vital system.”
The 13-meter system replaces an aging 60-foot “wheel-and-track” antenna, which had been in service since 1968. The system also boasts a new inflatable radome, greatly reducing maintenance costs and providing more natural light for maintainers compared to the standard rigid panel design.
The TCS is a geographically separated unit of the 22nd Space Operations Squadron that executes on-demand, real-time command and control sorties for launch and operation of more than 140 Department of Defense, national, Allied and civil satellites as well as NASA’s space shuttle program.
It is one of eight remote tracking stations in AFSCN that provides commanders combat power from space via control of early-warning, communications, weather, intelligence and navigation missions.