CHAPTER 1
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE AFSCF

1.1    INTRODUCTION

This section presents a general description of the overall mission of the U.S. Air Force Satellite Control Facility, and the scope of the operation performed by the National Range Resource.

1.2    AFSCF MISSION

The Air Force Satellite Control Facility (AFSCF) conducts system tests by real-time telemetry, tracking and command and control, and when required, recovery of Department of Defense space vehicles. The AFSCF also provides post-pass and post-flight evaluations. The AFSCF provides planning, design, development, procurement, installation and checkout of satellite control and recovery systems, equipment, computer programs, and facilities to support research and development (R&D) tests of the Department of Defense Space Programs.

1.3    AFSCF DEPLOYMENT

The AFSCF consists of the Satellite Test Center (STC) seven geographically separated tracking stations, recovery forces capable of aerial and surface recovery of a reentry vehicles, and a facility for testing on orbit communications and navigation satellites three of the seven tracking stations are configured to provide dual satellite support All AFSCF stations are operated and maintained by contractor personnel under the administration of the air Force site commanders.

1.3.1    SATELLITE TEST CENTER (STC)

The Satellite Test Center, (STC) Located in Sunnyvale, California, is the operational control and coordination center for satellite operations. This facility is linked via voice, data, and teletype circuits to all SCF Remote Tracking Stations (RTS) and the Recovery Control Center (RCC) during operational tracking of satellite launch, on-orbit or recovery operations. All Mission Controllers at the STC use the voice call sign of Dice when conducting satellite operations.

1.3.2    VANDENBERG TRACKING STATION (VTS)

Vandenberg Tracking Station (VTS) is located on Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) California. VTS is one of three dual stations which can support two satellites simultaneously, one with each side of the station. To distinguish between the two sets of equipment, one side is designated "A" and the other side is designated "B." Because of it's co-location with the Western Space and Missile Center and Western Test Range, this station is called upon for launch pad support and ballistic missile test support as well as on-orbit satellite support. VTS has a call sign of COOK.

1.3.3    NEW HAMPSHIRE STATION (NHS)

New Hampshire Tracking Station (NHS) is located in New Boston, New Hampshire. NHS is a dual Station and provides on orbit support for most SCOFF Satellite. Additionally, NHS provides launch support to the Eastern Test Range by operating the Remote Vehicle Checkout Facility (RVCF) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (AFS), Florida. NHS has a call sign of BOSS.

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