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Space Control Center (SCC)/Alternate SCC (U)

Overview (U):

(U) The SPADOC system is one of six CMU component systems and provides the astrodynamic and other processing associated with maintenance of the space in-orbit catalog, to include sensor taskings and processing of observations.

Description (U):

(U) The SCC was formed in March 1994 through the combination of the Space Surveillance Center and Space Defensive Operations Center. The Space Control Center's primary objective in performing the surveillance mission is to detect, track, identify, and catalog all man-made objects in space. The Center maintains a current computerized catalog of all orbiting space objects, charts objects, charts present position, plots future orbital paths, and forecasts times and general locations for significant objects reentering the Earth's atmosphere. Since 1957, over 24,000 space objects have been cataloged, many of which have since reentered the atmosphere. Currently, there are about 8,000 on-orbit objects being tracked by the Space Control Center. The Center's protection mission is accomplished by compiling information on possible hostile threats which could directly or indirectly threaten U.S./allied space assets. This information is then analyzed to determine effects/impacts of these threats to our assets in space so that timely warning and countermeasure recommendations can be made.

(U) The Naval Space Command provides facilities and staffs a Command Center 24 hours a day to serve as the Alternate Space Control Center (ASCC) for U.S. Space Command's primary center located at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Base, Colo. ASCC missions include operational direction of the entire global Space Surveillance Network for CINCSPACE. The ASCC also detects, tracks, identifies, and catalogs all man-made objects in space and provides ephemerides on these objects to about 1,000 customers; and monitors the space environment and informs owners and operators of U.S. and allied space systems of potential threat to their assets by continuous liaison with the systems' operations centers.

User Impact (U):

(U) The Space Control Center (SCC) supports the space control missions of space surveillance and protection of U.S. assets in space.

Programmatics (U):

(U) Operational.

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

Images (U):

(U) None.

Related Initiatives (U):
PAVE PAWSPAVE Phased Array Warning System (PAWS)
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Related Requirements (U):None.

Related Categories (U):
C2 and Data HandlingCommand and Control (C2) and Data Handling
This Table Is Unclassified.

Road Map Placements (U):

This Table Is Unclassified.

Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):

1997 Space Surveillance Dev Plan
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Lead Office (U):

(U) Air Force.

(U) DoD: USD(A&T), OASD(C3I), Pentagon, Washington, DC
(U) Service Staff: AF/XORS, Pentagon, Washington, DC
(U) Major Command AFSPC/DO Peterson AFB, CO
(U) Program Management: AFPEO/WS, Pentagon, Washington, DC; SSSG/ND, Peterson AFB, CO

Point of Contact (U):

(U) Mr. St. John, ESC/SNDC2, Open Phone: DSN 556-6341.

Date Of Information (U):

(U) 21 November 1997

(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999

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