by Space and Missile Systems Center Public Affairs
1/21/2016 - LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, El Segundo, Calif. -- Air
Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center and the 460th
Space Wing announced the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate completion
of the Space-Based Infrared System's Block 10 Integrated Test and
Evaluation (IT&E) Readiness Soak. This is the final Block 10
Increment 2 system test prior to the formal evaluation by the Air Force
Operational Test and Evaluation Center.
Beginning January 5, 460th Operations Group personnel conducted the Soak
event from the Mission Control Station at Buckley Air Force Base,
Colorado. The 14-day test demonstrated total system readiness and
stability for IT&E start. It included complete command and control
(C2) and mission management of the full constellation, and full
operational crew posture and execution of operations for the final
dependability and maintainability assessment prior to IT&E. This
event not only tested total system readiness, but also demonstrated that
operational crews have enough confidence in the system to run live
"For the first time, live mission messages were sent from the Block 10
floor" said Col. Mike Guetlein, SMC's Remote Sensing System director.
"This is another huge step toward Operational Acceptance."
"This is a full function test flight of our new ground system where our
Airmen conduct full warning and detection functionality combined with
intensive spacecraft command and control of all three of our spacecraft
constellations," added Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander.
"This was our shakedown cruise."
Block 10 consolidates operational C2 of Defense Support Program
satellites, Space-based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting
and Highly Elliptical Orbit sensors under one primary Mission Control
Station. Block 10 also significantly increases performance capability
across its four mission areas: missile warning, missile defense,
battlespace awareness, and technical intelligence.
The Remote Sensing Program Office, in partnership with the operations
community, leveraged lessons learned from previous SBIRS upgrades to
successfully execute the Soak test. The system will now progress into
IT&E and its formal operational and development evaluation
Col. Mike Jackson, 460th SW Operations Group commander, said the
completion of the phase marked a "truly historic day for the overhead
persistent infrared mission."
The SBIRS program is managed by the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate
at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB
in El Segundo, California. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company,
Sunnyvale, California, is the SBIRS prime contractor, and Northrop
Grumman Electronic Systems, Azusa, California, is the payload
integrator. The 460th Space Wing at Buckley AFB operates SBIRS. The
SBIRS program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and
infrared surveillance information to the president of the United
States, the secretary of Defense, combatant commanders, the intelligence
community and other key decision makers. The system enhances global
missile launch detection capability, supports the nation's ballistic
missile defense system, expands the country's technical intelligence
gathering capacity and bolsters situational awareness for warfighters on