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New antenna at OL-AE augments AFSCN

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 22nd Space Operations Squadron’s detachment at Royal Air Force Oakhanger, United Kingdom, took over a newly built, 43-foot Antedo antenna recently.

The Antedo antenna will replace an aging 60-foot legacy antenna at the site.

“Today's ceremony represents the culmination of a lot of hard work from an integrated team,” said Col. Michael Taylor, Material Group Leader for the Satellite Control and Network Systems Group at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.

The antenna, as with all antennas in the Air Force Satellite Control Network, means a great deal to the nation, said Senior Master Sgt. Brent Braun, a member of the 17th Test Squadron at the Space Innovation and Development Center here.

“This is one small step toward making our technology faster, more efficient and more reliable,” Sergeant Braun said.

The antenna went through two separate segment-verification tests and integrated-system tests before passing with the required 99-percent sortie success rate. The challenges proved what the team was made of, said Col. John Hyten, 50th Space Wing commander.

“It’s easy when things go right the first time; you know what kind of team you have when things don’t go right, and you have to jump in and fix the problem,” Colonel Hyten said.

“I'd like to thank our British allies, the 50th Space Wing, and all the program office personnel who worked so hard to provide this operational asset to our customer,” Colonel Taylor said.