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Satellites.

Air Force Satellite Control Network

This network consists of worldwide remote tracking stations providing assured command, control and communications connectivity between ground satellite operations centers and more than 150 Department of Defense, national program and civil satellites. The network conducts approximately 165,000 satellite sorties per year and is critical for command control and communications, space safety, position determination, emergency recovery, initial launch, and deployment and disposal operations.

Defense Meteorological Satellite Program

Primary function: Collect terrestrial, space environment and Earth surface data. Dimensions: Approximately 14 ft. long. Weight: 2,545 lbs., including 592-pound sensor payload. Power: 10 panels, generating 2,000 watts of power. Orbit: Approximately 525 miles.

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Defense Satellite Communications System

Primary function: Worldwide, long-haul communications. Dimensions: Phase III--rectangular body, 6 ft. x 6 ft. x 7 ft., 38 ft. span with solar arrays deployed. Weight: Phase III - 2,716 lbs. Power: Solar arrays generating an average of 1,500 watts. Orbit: 22,230 miles.

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Defense Support Program

Primary function: Strategic and tactical missile launch detection. Dimensions: Diameter approximately 13 ft. at launch and 22 ft, in orbit. Weight: 5,250 lbs, Power: Solar array generates 1,485 watts. Orbit: Approximately 22,300 miles.

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Global Positioning System

Primary function: Positioning, navigation, timing and velocity information worldwide. Dimensions: Block IIA, approximately 11 ft.; Block IIR, approximately 5 ft.; Block IIF, approximately 8 ft.; width (includes solar array span): Block IIA, approximately 17 ft.; Block IIR/M, approximately 37 ft.; Block IIF, approximately 116 ft. Weight: Block IIA, 3,670 lbs.; Block IIR/M, 4,480 lbs; Block IIF, 3,758 lbs. Power: Solar panels generating 800 watts; Block IIF panels generate 2,450 watts. Orbit: 11,000 miles.

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Milstar Satellite Communications System

Primary function: Global military communications system. Weight: 10,000 lbs. Power: Solar panels generating 8,000 watts. Orbit: 22,250 miles.

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Space Based Infrared Systems

Primary function: The SBIRS constellation supports the warfighter in four distinct mission areas; Missile Warning, Missile Defense, Technical Intelligence and Battle Space Awareness.

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Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite

Primary function: High-capacity military communications satellite. Weight: Approximately 13,000 lbs, at launch, 7,600 lbs in orbit. Orbit: 22,300 miles.

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Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) System

Primary function: Detects debris, spacecraft or other distant space objects without interference from weather, atmosphere or time of day. Weight: 2,277 lbs. Power: Solar arrays generating 840 watts. Orbit: Approximately 390 miles.

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Source: Air Force Space Command

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Title Annotation:INVENTORY; United States Air Force
Publication:Airman
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 15, 2011
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