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C/NOFS Satellite Successful L/EO Operations

Posted 5/28/2008   Updated 5/28/2008 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 080508

5/28/2008 - Los Angeles Air Force Base -- Air Force Space Command's Space Development and Test Wing has successfully concluded the launch and early orbit portion of operations for the Communication Navigation Outage Forecasting System satellite and accepted the spacecraft from the contractor, General Dynamics. C/NOFS launched atop an Orbital Pegasus from the Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein on April 16. 

The check-out portion of the mission was a collaborative effort between the DoD Space Test Program, Space Development and Test Wing located at Kirtland Air Force Base, the Air Force Research Laboratory and General Dynamics. Project participants include The Aerospace Corporation, General Dynamics, Orbital Sciences Corporation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Naval Research Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA, University of Texas, Jackson and Tull and the National Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite System Joint Program Office. The mission of C/NOFS is to forecast ionosphere scintillation-caused GPS navigation and UHF communication outages from satellites to ground assets. This forecast will give the warfighter a full understanding of their satellite communications environment allowing them to plan operations accordingly. 

"The early orbit checkout period of the C/NOFS mission went very smoothly and was so effective that it now serves as a standard for all of our future missions. This success was possible by the team work and efforts of all the team members. I couldn't be prouder of the team", said Col. Stephen Hargis, director, DoD Space Test Program and commander of the Space Development Group. 

Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the U.S. Air Force's center of acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems. The center is comprised of six wings and three groups, and is responsible for GPS, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control network, space based infrared systems, intercontinental ballistic missile systems, and space situational awareness capabilities. SMC manages more than $60 billion in contracts, executes annual budgets of $10 billion and employs more than 6,800 people worldwide.

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