The mission of the Advanced Systems and Development Directorate is to drive future Space capabilities through collaborative innovation, development planning and demonstrations.
An exciting environment envisioning and shaping the future of Space. The Air Force's premier center for advanced systems and developmental planning - recognized for credibility, analytical rigor, and teamwork.
740 total personnel
(423 military/civilians/FFRDC, 317 contractors)
In July 1992, the Space and Missile Systems Center consolidated four separate reporting units and stood up the Space Experimentation Program Office. The newly aligned programs included the Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP), the DoD Space Test Program (STP), the Research and Development Space and Missile Operations (RDSMO) program, and Test & Evaluation functions located at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Beginning in June of 1993, Research, Development, Test & Evaluation activities at Los Angeles Air Force Base (STP), Onizuka Air Station (RDSMO), and San Bernardino (RSLP) were collocated at Kirtland Air Force Base alongside the Air Force Research Laboratory Phillips Research Site. In July 1995, the organization was renamed the Space and Missile Test and Evaluation Directorate.
On June 29, 2001 the unit became SMC Detachment 12 in preparation for the October 1, 2001 alignment of SMC to AFSPC. SMC Detachment 12 became the Space Development and Test Wing, which was activated on Aug. 1, 2006. On Nov. 10, 2010, the Space Development and Test Wing was redesignated the Space Development and Test Directorate (SMC/SD) as part of SMC's realignment from a wing structure to directorate structure.
On Oct. 9, 2014, SMC deactivated the Development Planning Directorate (SMC/XR) and the Space Development and Test Directorate (SMC/SD), and activated the Advanced Systems and Development Directorate (SMC/AD). This new directorate brings the science and technology, pre-systems acquisition, and developmental planning expertise resident at Los Angeles Air Force Base together with the advanced test, demonstration and launch capabilities located at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, New Mexico. AD's new mission is essential to SMC's goal of developing affordable and resilient space capabilities now and into the future.
SMC/AD is headquartered at Kirtland AFB with operating locations at Los Angeles AFB, Hill AFB, and Johnson Space Center. The SMC/AD is composed of four mission divisions and four support divisions. The capabilities of these divisions provide SMC/AD with the unique ability to provide SMC and AFSPC Technology Planning, Modeling and Simulation, Requirements Analysis, Concept Development, small launch and space demonstrations, Hosted Payloads, ground system architectures, systems engineering, in-house Contracting, Program Control and Management Operations functions.
Ground Systems and Operations Division (ADG)
ADG provides expertise in satellite testing, ground systems, and operations. ADG deploys testing equipment to manufacturing and launch sites to test satellites before flight. Additionally they own and operate worldwide deployable telemetry assets as well as operating a 24/7 satellite control station in the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Support Complex at Kirtland AFB with access to the Air Force Satellite Control Network. ADG Operates and sustains the Multi-Mission Satellite Operations Center Ground System Enterprise for Research & Development and demonstration missions; to develop innovative solutions to reduce operations & maintenance costs; to provide a test bed to prove out emerging concepts as a viable choice for all new ground C2 programs. ADG is on the cutting edge of satellite operations, demonstrating improved responsiveness and cost-effectiveness.
Space Demonstration Division (ADS)
ADS executes and implements innovative space system solutions for Air Force, DoD, and other government customers to enable flexible, resilient and affordable capabilities. ADS executes the DoD Space Test Program, chartered in 1965, to provide mission design, integration, space launch and operations support for DoD spce experimentation efforts. As the "front door" to NASA's International Space Station, ADS integrates, launches, and operates DoD payloads on human-rated NASA missions. ADS leads Air Force space prototyping efforts by delivering cross-cutting operationallyrelevent prototypes leading to the next-generation of DoD's operational space systems. The divsion serves as DoD's lead agent for Science and Technology payloads on multi-manfest missions flown on Air Force expendable launch vehicles - significanlty expanding "acess to space" opportunities for critical technology development payloads. ADS manages the Hosted Payloads Office, which identifies, matches and facilitates hosted payload opportunities and developments among industry and the U.S. government.
Strategic Concepts Division (ADX)
ADX provides development planning and concept development support to SMC program offices and AFSPC to ensure future materiel solutions effectively close space superiority capability gaps. Additionally, ADX conducts military utility analysis to provide quantitative assessments of capabilites alternatives to inform Materiel Development Decisions, Analysis of Alternatives, AFSPC Planning Choices and Program Objective Memorandum submissions.
Capability Integration and Transition Division (ADY)
ADY Manages mission area integrated planning teams (IPTs), which span the breadth of SMC's core mission areas and capabilities, are at the heart of AD's planning and future space architecture development efforts. These IPTs will serve as the mechanism to infuse promising science and technology developmental concepts into future architectures with the credible analysis needed to confidently transition ideas into demonstration activities or support alternatives analysis for AFSPC.