Air Force Satellite Control Facility

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Air Force Satellite Control Facility
Air Force Satellite Control Facility.PNG
Air Force Satellite Control Facility emblem
Active 1965–1993
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Satellite Operations
Role Command and Control
Part of Air Force Systems Command/Air Force Space Command
Garrison/HQ Onizuka AFB, California
Motto(s) INVENIEMUS VIAM VEL FACIEMUS – "We find the road or we make it"

The United States Air Force's Air Force Satellite Control Facility (AFSCF) was a space command and control unit located at Onizuka AFB, California. It has the distinction of being heavily involved in the world's first reconnaissance satellite program, CORONA. Due to geological hazards (i.e. earthquakes), and the terrorism threat from its proximity to a major transportation link (California Highway 101), the facility's command and control functions were moved to Schriever AFB, Colorado.

History[edit]

The Air Force Satellite Control Facility (AFSCF) was originally activated at Los Angeles AFS, California on 18 Jun 1965.[1] It was first assigned to the Space Systems Division of Air Force Systems Command, with later moves under the Space and Missile Systems Organization, and Space Division organizations.[1][2]

Previous designations[edit]

  • Consolidated Space Test Center (2 Oct 1987 – 27 Aug 1993)[1]
  • Air Force Satellite Control Facility (18 Jun 1965 – 1 Oct 1987)[1]
  • 6594th Aerospace Test Wing (1 Nov 1961 – 1 Jul 1965)
  • 6594th Test Wing (Satellite) (15 Jan 1960 – 1 Nov 1961)
  • 6594th Test Wing (6 Apr 1959 – 15 Jan 1960)
  • Field Office of Air Force Ballistic Missile Division (15 Aug 1958 – 6 Apr 1959)

Assignments[edit]

Major Command/Field Operating Agency[edit]

Elements assigned[edit]

  • 6594th Aerospace Test Wing (6 Apr 1959 – 1 Jul 1965)
    • Detachment 1, Donnelly Radio Relay Site, Delta Junction, Alaska (15 Apr 1962 – 1 Jul 1965)
  • 6594th Support Group (1 Jul 1965 – 1 Oct 1987)
  • 6594th Recovery Control Group (1 Jul 1965 – 30 Sep 1986)
  • 6594th Launch Squadron (1 Jun 1959 – 15 Jul 1961)
  • 6594th Data Processing Squadron (1 Jul 1959 – 1 Oct 1960)
  • 6596th Instrumentation Squadron (1 Jul 1959 – 1 Jul 1965)
  • 6594th Instrumentation Squadron (1 Oct 1959 – 1 Jul 1965)
  • 6595th Test Squadron (20 Feb 1961 – 1 Jul 1965)

Detachments[edit]

  • Det 1 – Sunnyvale, California (1 Jul 1965 – 1 Jul 1977)[1]
  • Det 2 – Vandenberg Tracking Station, California (1 Oct 1979 – 1 Oct 1987)[1]
  • Det 3 – Thule Tracking Station, Greenland (1 Oct 1979 – 1 Oct 1987)[1]
  • Det 4 – Mahe, Seychelles (15 Jul 1972 – 1 Oct 1987)[1]
  • Det 5 – Guam Tracking Station, Guam (1 Oct 1979 – 1 Oct 1987)[1]
  • Det 6 – Hawaii Tracking Station, Hawaii (1 Oct 1979 – 1 Oct 1987)[1]
  • Det 7 – Sunnyvale AFS (later Onizuka AFS), California (17 Apr 1987 – 30 Sep 1987) (later moved to Los Angeles AFS, California from 30 Sep 1987 until inactivation on 15 Jul 1991)[1]

Bases stationed[edit]

Spacecraft Operated[5][edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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