21 December 2015
Air Force Tests Ground Station for Full Missile Warning Constellation
By Mike Gruss
Space News

https://spacenews.com/air-force-tests-ground-station-for-full-missile-warning-constellation/


WASHINGTON ó The U.S. Air Force has, for the first time, simultaneously controlled all of its primary space-based missile warning assets with a single ground system, the service said in a Dec. 17 press release.

Currently, the Air Force relies on separate ground systems for the three main components of its missile warning constellation: the legacy Defense Support Program satellites; the geosynchronous-orbiting Space Based Infrared System satellites; and SBIRS sensors hosted aboard classified satellites in highly elliptical orbit.


Constellation of Defense Support Program satellites; geosynchronous-orbiting SBIRS satellites; and SBIRS sensors hosted aboard classified satellites in highly elliptical orbit. Credit: Lockheed Martin artistís concept

Once fully operational, the new Mission Control Station, or Block 10 Increment 2 of the SBIRS ground network development effort, will control all three components, the press release said.

The Air Force now will move the program into a formal test phase, with a transition to operations expected in 2016.

As prime contractor on SBIRS, Lockheed Martin Space Systems is responsible for the ground segment.


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