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The Armillary Sphere or the Space Motif is a steel and aluminum spherical sculpture created in 1978 by San Pedro artist Jack Brogan. It was commissioned by the Air Force Association to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Western Development Division, led by Gen. Bernard A. Schriever. The inner rings of the monument represent the Earth, while the outer rings represent the tracks of satellites developed by SMC orbiting around it.

The Armillary Sphere or the Space Motif is a steel and aluminum spherical sculpture created in 1978 by San Pedro artist Jack Brogan. It was commissioned by the Air Force Association to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Western Development Division, led by Gen. Bernard A. Schriever. The inner rings of the monument represent the Earth, while the outer rings represent the tracks of satellites developed by SMC orbiting around it.

The Armillary Sphere is a focal point for the Schriever Space Complex at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif. (Courtesy photo)

The Armillary Sphere is a focal point for the Schriever Space Complex at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif. (Courtesy photo)

Schriever memorial inducts six new honorees

The Schriever Memorial and Wall of Honor, located on the grounds of the Schriever Space Complex, headquarters for the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Joseph Juarez)

A replica of a SV-5D lifting body was recently installed in front of Bldg. 270.  Originally developed for SMC’s predecessor the Space and Missile Systems Organization’s Project Prime, the lifting body was the first vehicle to maneuver on reentry from space. Information gathered from this program aided in the development of future Air Force and NASA lifting body vehicles including NASA’s Space Shuttle. The replica was presented to SAMSO in 1974 by the Junior Officers Council. (Photo by Lou Hernandez)

A replica of a SV-5D lifting body was recently installed in front of Bldg. 270. Originally developed for SMC’s predecessor the Space and Missile Systems Organization’s Project Prime, the lifting body was the first vehicle to maneuver on reentry from space. Information gathered from this program aided in the development of future Air Force and NASA lifting body vehicles including NASA’s Space Shuttle. The replica was presented to SAMSO in 1974 by the Junior Officers Council. (Photo by Lou Hernandez)


The SMC Heritage Center is a heritage activity of the National Museum of the United States Air Force which allows the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif. to display collections of artifacts about SMC's  history. The SMC Heritage Center opened a new central display area on Oct. 22, 2014. Its mission is to collect, preserve and provide information about the programs, accomplishments, and heritage of the Space and Missile Systems Center and the space missions of the United States Air Force.

Displays are included on the ground floor lobby areas of Bldgs. 270 and 271, and in the new SMC Heritage Center, located on the ground floor of Bldg. 271 in Room B1-516-525.

The displays include new graphics, scale models, and artifacts dealing with the history of programs such as the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN), Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV), Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS), and others. The SMC Heritage Center also features a large time line of SMC's accomplishments and facsimiles of important early space documents such as early RAND Corporation (Research ANd Development[) studies of a military satellite system and the 1955 King briefing for Gen. Schriever on transferring WS 117L from the Wright Air Development Center at  Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio to the Western Development Division in El Segundo, Calif. 

Additionally, the area has a film room providing access to the History Office's digitally restored films from early military space programs.

For Los Angeles AFB members, the SMC Heritage Center is available virtually on SharePoint

For Los Angeles AFB members, historical podcasts are available on SharePoint  

For the general public, these historical podcasts are also available on the external Los Angeles AFB website

The SMC Heritage Center is supported by a non-profit organization, the SMC Heritage Foundation

You can also follow the SMC Heritage Center on social via Facebook and Pinterest!

SMC Heritage Center Hours:
Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. - Noon and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Thursday: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. - Noon and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Starting in September, tours of the SMC Heritage Center will be given twice a week:

Tuesdays: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Tours can be requested by emailing the SMC Heritage Center: SMC.HO.HeritageCenter@us.af.mil 

Film Day schedule
Thursdays:  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.