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Thursday, August 2, 2012

AFSPC Milestone: First Milstar Satellite Launch

Air Force Space Command Public Affairs

8/2/2012 - Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. -- As Air Force Space Command approaches its 30th Anniversary on 1 Sep, here is a significant milestone from the command's history...

On 7 February 1994, AFSPC launched the first Milstar satellite, a new generation military satellite communications system, aboard a Titan IV rocket from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla. The 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB, Colo., is responsible for day-to-day command and control, communications payload management and ground segment maintenance for the Air Force's Milstar satellites.

Milstar provides the President, Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Armed Forces with assured, survivable satellite communications (SATCOM) with low probability of interception and detection. Designed to overcome enemy jamming and nuclear effects, Milstar is currently the most robust and reliable operational SATCOM system currently employed by the Department of Defense. The follow-on to Milstar is the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite system, which will provide a ten-times increase in global communication capacity over the current Milstar system.

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