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Range and Network Systems Division


Mission

Modernize and sustain the Launch and Test Range System, and the Air Force Satellite Control Network. Ensure accurate and reliable command, control, telemetry and tracking support to the warfighter as well as provide critical spacelift launch capabilities for our DoD, civil and commercial space assets, and lead space systems operations training management.

Organization

Located at the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif, the Spacelift Range and Network Systems Division delivers system modernization, sustainment, development and support 24/7/365 for launch, on-orbit anomaly resolution and operations for more than150 DoD, civil, and allied satellites conducting navigation, intelligence, reconnaissance, weather, communications missions, ballistic missile/aeronautical testing for the warfighter, and space systems operations training management. RN has units at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., as well as at seven Remote Tracking Site locations.

Background

Home to more than 380 government, military, Aerospace, and contractor personnel, RN's $10.6 billion portfolio of launch and ground systems includes the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN), Launch and Test Range System, and the Space Training Acquisition Office. RN sustains the nation's spacelift ranges that launch 12 to 15 rockets per year and support more than 4,500 air and space tests. RN also sustains global satellite control systems that support more than 150,000 contacts annually. RN is the developer and sustainer for the Standard Space Trainerand Distributed Mission Operations - Space training systems and capabilities.

AFSCN: The AFSCN is the primary system the Air Force uses to communicate with DoD and National satellites by providing tracking, telemetry, and commanding. The AFSCN ensures satellites are in the right orbit (tracking), in working order (telemetry), and able to receive commands necessary to perform missions (commanding). The AFSCN accomplishes this mission via a combination of interconnected systems and a schedule dissemination system to actively manage and de-conflict more than 400 satellite contacts daily.

LTRS: The spacelift range is located at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. (Western Range) and Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla. (Eastern Range). Each range is comprised of 12 subsystems; command destruct communications, data handling, flight safety, optical, planning and scheduling, radar, surveillance, timing and sequencing, telemetry, and weather. RN modernizes and sustains these systems to ensure our nation's launch ranges are "go for launch" when needed. RN's focus is reducing cost by identifying and eliminating "worst actor" and other obsolete components through sustainment improvements and system upgrades.

STAO: The STAO is comprised of Standard Space Trainer, Distributed Mission Operations-Space, and Joint Space Training Federation . The SST replicates space operations systems in support of individual and crew operations training. Using an open-architecture, Windows-based application, Commercial Off The Shelf gaming engine, The DMO-S links space training with warfighting exercises and war games. The JSTF segment integrates with SST and DMO-S to enable warfighting commanders to experience the capabilities and limitations of the Joint Air/Space/Cyber fighting force before actually fighting the fight. STAO also provides specialized training system acquisition expertise, technology and policy to all AFPEO/SP programs.