5th Expeditionary Space Operations Squadron

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5th Space Operations Squadron
Active 1989–1992; 1993–2000
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Satellite Operations
Part of Air Force Space Command
Motto(s) Scanning the Globe (1989-1994) Pioneers of Space (1994-present)[1]
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award[2]
Insignia
5th Space Operations Squadron emblem (approved 9 December 1994)[2] 5th Space Operations Squadron.png
5th Satellite Control Squadron emblem (approved 25 August 1989)[1] 5 Satellite Control Sq emblem.png

The United States Air Force's 5th Expeditionary Space Operations Squadron is an expeditionary satellite operations unit, assigned to Air Force Space Command to activate or inactivate as needed.

History[edit]

5th SOPS rose out of the rich history of the Air Force Satellite Control Facility. The squadron was provisionally activated as Operating Location-A, 750th Space Group, on October 1, 1992. This satellite control facility established one of the Air Force's major roles in space: satellite operations. AFSCF was later divided into the 2nd Space Test Group and the Consolidated Space Test Center on October 1, 1987, when AFSPC took over Onizuka Air Force Base, now Onizuka Air Station. OL-A encompassed the CSTC divisions of VOS, VOE, and VOD.[jargon] the 5th was officially activated 22 November 1993, under the 50th Operations Group and within one year, the 21st Space Operations Squadron absorbed the roles of the 2nd Satellite Tracking Group Operations Division and the 1999th Communications Squadron Operations Division. After the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Committee directed realignment of Onizuka AFS, and the 21st absorbed the roles of the 750th Space Group and all subordinate units and the 5th Space Operations Squadron.

In a three-week span, in late 1993, the squadron flawlessly launched a DSCS III and a NATO IV communication satellite, supported NASA's Hubble telescope repair and activated as the 5th Space Operations Squadron. The squadron has launched the IUS in support of NASA programs including all seven TDRS and three inter-planetary spacecraft: Galileo (Jupiter), Magellan (Venus), and Ulysses (Sun).

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as the 5th Satellite Control Squadron on 11 April 1989
  • Activated on 1 May 1989
  • Redesignated 5th Space Operations Squadron on 30 January 1992
  • Inactivated on 31 July 1992
  • Activated on 22 November 1993
  • Inactivated on 13 June 2000
  • Redesignated 5th Expeditionary Space Operations Squadron and converted to provisional status on 5 December 2007[2]

Assignments[edit]

Locations[edit]

Satellites operated[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Endicott, p. 364
  2. ^ a b c d e Robertson, Patsy (February 26, 2008). "Factsheet 5 Expeditionary Space Operations Squadron (AFSPC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  3. ^ Force Enhancement - Air University

Bibliography[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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