Space Development and Test Wing

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Space Development and Test Wing
Space Development and Test Wing.png
Emblem of the SDTW
Active August 2006-present
Country United States
Branch Air Force
Type Space system test and evaluation
Size 219 military
345 contractor
Part of Air Force Space Command
Garrison/HQ Kirtland Air Force Base
Decorations Organizational Excellence ribbon.svg AFOEA
Commander Col Burke E. Wilson

The Space Development and Test Wing (SDTW) was a unit of Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center of the United States Air Force. The wing is located at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The unit was combined with another Space and Missile Systems Center directorate and is now known as the Advanced Systems and Development Directorate.[1]


The Space Development and Test Directorate develops, tests and evaluates Air Force space systems, executes advanced space development and demonstration projects, and rapidly transitions capabilities to the warfighter.[2]


The Space Development and Test Wing was activated 1 August 2006. Prior to that, Detachment 12 of the Space and Missile Systems Center had been activated at Kirtland AFB 29 June 2001, taking responsibility for research, developmental test and evaluation organizations that had been co-located at Kirtland AFB alongside the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles and Directed Energy Directorates.[3]



The Space Development and Test Wing is divided into two Groups, the Space Development Group and the Space Test Group.

  • Space Development Group
    • Responsive Space Squadron
    • Responsive Satellite Command and Control Division
    • Human Spaceflight Payloads Division - Houston, TX
  • Space Test Group
    • Space Test Squadron
    • Space Test Operations Squadron
    • Launch Test Squadron


 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "".

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Coordinates: 35°3′17.1″N 106°35′56.1″W / 35.054750°N 106.598917°W / 35.054750; -106.598917