23rd Space Operations Squadron [23rd SOPS]
The 23rd Space Operations Squadron, a component of the 50th Operations Group, 50th Space Wing, is located at New Boston Air Force Station, NH, and was activated on November 1, 1991.
The squadron is one of eight Air Force Satellite Control Network Remote Tracking Stations providing United States Space Command critical satellite command and control capability to over 100 Department of Defense, national and civil satellite performing intelligence, weather, navigation, early-warning and communications operations. It operates and maintains a 2,800 plus acre installation and infrastructure worth over $82 million for the largest geographically separated unit in the 50th Space Wing.
Satellite support operations at New Boston Satellite Tracking Station began on April 1, 1960, using van-mounted equipment. Simultaneous with van operations, the installation of equipment in permanent facilities began under the Weapons Systems 117L program. Van operations were gradually phased out and by June 1964, the entire station was operating in permanent facilities.
By the summer of 1964, the entire station had dual satellite tracking, telemetry and commanding capabilities. On Oct. 1, 1987, the squadron was transferred under Air Force Space Command and the station moved from a research and development environment into the operational world. On June 3, 1999, the 23rd Space Operations Squadron was realigned under the 50th Operations Group.
Assigned to the 23rd Space Operations Squadron are approximately 13 military, 53 Department of Defense civilians and 83 contractor personnel.
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