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Posted 2/11/2014 Printable Fact Sheet


Provide consolidated MILSATCOM tracking, telemetry and command capability for 14th Air Force / 50th Space Wing launch and early orbit, on orbit and anomaly resolution operations.


The Command and Control Branch directs the Command and Control System-Consolidated (CCS-C) program and is responsible for S-Band satellite command and control system development for most MILSATCOM systems. CCS-C is the command and control system of record for Milstar, Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS), Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) and Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellites. Ultimately, the CCS-C program will control over 27 military communications satellites across four families, using state-of-the-art commercial telemetry, tracking and commanding (TT&C) technology. As of January 2014, CCS-C supports eight DSCS satellites, five Milstar satellites, six WGS satellites and three AEHF satellites.


CCS-C consists of high specification, commercially available computer servers and workstations running commercially available TT&C software on a local area network-based client/server architecture. CCS-C is interoperable with the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) and the Wideband Satellite Operations Management System Network (WSOMSNet). CCS-C enables customizable Task Automated Operations, which dramatically reduce operator workload and crew size. CCS-C is operational at: Air Education Training Command's 533rd Space Training Squadron at Vandenberg AFB, Calif.; and Air Force Space Command's 14th Air Force / 50th Space Wing / 3rd and 4th Space Operations Squadrons at Schriever AFB, Colo. A CCS-C Backup Satellite Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB is available for contingency operations.

General Characteristics

Primary Function: MILSATCOM TT&C

Capability: Space Ground Link System C2 system of record for DSCS, WGS, Milstar and AEHF constellations via AFSCN and WSOMSNet

Current as of February 2014

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