US Air Force Satellite Communications System.
Satellitbaseret system for kommunikation, kontrol og kommando til USAs luftvåbens strategiske styrker.
Operations center, known as the Blue Cube, of the Air Force Satellite Control Facility at Sunnyvale AFS, California. The Air Force Ballistic Missile Division (AFBMD) first established an interim satellite control center at a facility belonging to Lockheed Missile and Space Division in Palo Alto, California, on 15 August 1958. The installation in Sunnyvale was originally referred to as the Satellite Test Annex, then as Sunnyvale AFS, and finally as Onizuka AFS.2 The control center at Sunnyvale was complemented at one time or another by remote tracking stations established at nine different locations between 1959 and 1961. In later years, some of those tracking stations were taken out of service, others were added,3 and a second control center was also added—the Consolidated Space Operations Center (CSOC), located at Schriever AFB, Colorado. At the time this overview, AIR FORCE SATELLITE CONTROL NETWORK, was written, there were eight remote tracking stations. Their locations (with the years in which they were built) were as follows: Vandenberg Tracking Station (1959) at Vandenberg AFB, California; New Hampshire Station (1959) near New Boston, New Hampshire; Hawaii Tracking Station (1959) on the island of Oahu, Hawaii; Thule Tracking Station (1962) at Thule AFB, Greenland; Guam Tracking Station (1965) at Anderson AFB, Guam; Oakhanger Telemetry Control Station (1978) near London, United Kingdom; Colorado Tracking Station (1989) at Falcon AFB, Colorado; and Diego Garcia Tracking Station (1991) on the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.

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