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Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) Upgrades at Diego Garcia (U)

Overview (U):

(U) The Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) sensor site located at Diego Garcia provides surveillance of objects in deep space. These sites are equiped with Telescope Mount Groups (TMG) designed and built in the late seventies. No major refurbishment has been accomplished on the TMGs since they were installed. In 1996, the government conducted a survey to determine the condition of these assets and non-operational assets at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) and in storage at the Sacramento ALC. It is the Government's objective to refurbish and repair all GEODSS main and auxiliary telescopes to like new condition and original performance specifications.

Description (U):

(U) The intention of the GEODSS Telescope and Mount Group (TMG) Refurbishment program is to provide a systematic refurbishment of the GEODSS telescope assets. The effort involved in this program would include a teardown of each sites Telescope Mount Groups, transfer to the contractor facility for refurbishment, and installation, test and checkout of the TMG's at the site following the refurbishment effort. The goal of this program is to add in excess of 15 additional years of reliable service to the GEODSS TMG's, while minimizing operational impact at the sites.

User Impact (U):

(U) Any sustained loss of a GEODSS sensor would have dramatic impact on the deep space surveillance mission and maintenance of the space catalogue.

Programmatics (U):

(U) Programmed.

(U) Organizations and Funding:
  • (U) AFSPC: Funding Source.

Images (U):

Diego GarciaDiego Garcia
This Table Is Unclassified.

Related Initiatives (U):
CSOCConsolidated Space Operations Centers (CSOC)
Diego GarciaGround-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) at Diego Garcia
MauiGround-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) at Maui
Optical C3 FacilityOptical C3 Facility
SocorroGround-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) at Socorro
SSNIPSpace Surveillance Network Improvement Program (SSNIP)
This Table Is Unclassified.

Related Requirements (U):None.

Related Categories (U):
Dedicated SensorsDedicated Sensors
This Table Is Unclassified.

Road Map Placements (U):

This Table Is Unclassified.

Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):

1997 Space Surveillance Dev Plan
This Table Is Unclassified.

Lead Office (U):

(U) Air Force.

Point of Contact (U):

(U) Maj Mike LaPointe, NSSA, Open Phone: (703) 325-6422, DSN 221-6422.
(U) National Security Space Road Map Team, NSSA, Open Phone: (703)808-6040, DSN 898-6040.

Date Of Information (U):

(U) 27 August 1998

(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999

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