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  • Space and Missile Systems Center

    The Space and Missile Systems Center, a subordinate unit of Air Force Space Command, is the center of technical excellence for developing, acquiring, fielding and sustaining military space systems. SMC's mission is to deliver resilient and affordable space capabilities. The center is responsible for on-orbit check-out, testing, sustainment and
  • Experimental Launch & Test Division/Rocket System Launch Program

    (Current as of June 2017)Overview             The Experimental Launch & Test Division (LEX) manages the Rocket System Launch Program (RSLP).  LEX is a geographically separated unit of the Launch Enterprise Directorate and is based out of Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.  This division provides space launch for all government programs, to
  • Air Force Office of Special Investigations

    The Air Force Office of Special Investigations has been the Air Force's major investigative service since Aug.1, 1948. The agency reports to the Inspector General, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. AFOSI provides professional investigative service to commanders of all Air Force activities. Its primary responsibilities are criminal
  • Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) Satellite

    Mission/Vision GSSAP satellites will be a space-based capability operating in the near-geosynchronous orbit regime supporting U.S. Strategic Command space surveillance operations as a dedicated Space Surveillance Network (SSN) sensor.GSSAP satellites will support Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC SPACE) tasking to collect space
  • Remote Sensing Systems Directorate

    The SMC Remote Sensing Systems Directorate (SMC/RS) manages the Air Force OPIR enterprise and the Department of Defense Space Based Environmental Monitoring Enterprise.  The OPIR enterprise is comprised of two DoD programs, Defense Support Program (DSP), and Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS).  Development is aligned to the Space Warfighting
  • Launch Enterprise Directorate

    Mission The Space and Missile Systems Center's newest directorate, the Launch Enterprise Directorate (SMC/LE), was stood up during a ceremony held at SMC's Schriever Space Complex at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif. on Oct. 14, 2015.The directorate brings together the Launch Systems Directorate and the Rocket Systems Launch Program,
  • SPACE BASED INFRARED SYSTEM (SBIRS)

    MissionThe SBIRS program is the follow-on capability to the highly successful Defense Support Program (DSP).  The SBIRS program was designed to provide a seamless operational transition from DSP to SBIRS and meet jointly defined requirements of the defense and intelligence communities in support of the missile early warning, missile defense,
  • Civilian applications of GPS – Timing

    In addition to longitude, latitude, and altitude, the Global Positioning System provides a critical fourth dimension - time. Each GPS satellite contains multiple atomic clocks that contribute very precise time data to the GPS signals. GPS receivers decode these signals, effectively synchronizing each receiver to the atomic clocks. This enables
  • Civilian applications of GPS – Surveying and Mapping

    The surveying and mapping community was one of the first to take advantage of GPS because it dramatically increased productivity and resulted in more accurate and reliable data. Today, GPS is a vital part of surveying and mapping activities around the world.When used by skilled professionals, GPS provides surveying and mapping data of the highest
  • Civilian applications of GPS – Space

    The Global Positioning System is revolutionizing and revitalizing the way nations operate in space, from guidance systems for crewed vehicles to the management, tracking, and control of communication satellite constellations, to monitoring the Earth from space.Benefits of using GPS include: - Navigation solutions -- providing high precision orbit
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