AFSCNAir Force Satellite Control Network
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The AFSCN contacts were reserved up to a limit and occasionally with elevated priorities specifically for the unmated scenarios.
First, our launch delay created the need to replan all existing long-range plans to shift both AFSCN and TDRSS requests.
Satellite command and control activities are typically grouped together at one or two specific nodes of the AFSCN, and each satellite system may have only six to 20 strings of equipment located at a site.
Honeywell will replace the existing communications technologies that make up the ground network and tracking systems of the AFSCN with improved components and antenna systems, providing new capabilities to ensure the system is operational 24 hours a day.
L-3 Telemetry-West is the heritage supplier of the AFSCN Automated Remote Tracking Station (ARTS) HPAs now in service worldwide to support Space Ground Link System (SGLS) command capabilities.
As the dominant leader in providing AFSCN connectivity through its AIM unit, L-3 Storm provides a proven solution for programs requiring communications with the AFSCN.
As part of our overall product offering, we have been providing state-of-the-art AFSCN connectivity to the industry for five years, and we have become the recognized market leader," said John McDaid, director of business development for L-3 Storm Control Systems.
Since its first AIM delivery in 1995, L-3 Storm has been able to offer the Government and its contractors the cost-savings of buying commercial products that provide the most proven and powerful AFSCN interface on the market.
The Operational Space Services and Support (OSSS) contract calls for Harris and its teammates to operate and perform organizational level maintenance at all ground stations assigned to the AFSCN and GPS.
TRW selected L-3 Storm's AIM solution as a result of its performance during a detailed trade study that included operations using AFSCN Automated Remote Tracking Stations (ARTS) and satellites.
The AFSCN supports space-vehicle operations on-site at the Onizuka and Falcon facilities, and via communications links to nine remote tracking stations.
The competitively won award, known as the Range and Communications Development Contract (RCDC), strengthens Lockheed Martin's role in the AFSCN, for which the company has performed significant design, development, integration operation and maintenance efforts over the last 30 years.