2/18/2014 - LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, El Segundo, Calif. -- The Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Block 10 Unit Qualification Trainer (UQT) was recently unveiled at the 460th Space Wing in Aurora, Colo., and marks a significant milestone in the SBIRS program. The UQT will be used to train the SBIRS operators for the next 20 to 30 years.
The SBIRS program is a satellite family comprised of three
constellations, whose mission is to detect missile launches around the
world, and to provide early warning to the national command authority
and theater users. The SBIRS mission also supports Missile Defense,
Technical Intelligence, and Battle-Space Awareness for a broad spectrum
of military and intelligence users. Currently, each SBIRS constellation
is operated by separate squadrons in geographically separated locations.
Block 10 will allow all three SBIRS mission objectives to be operated
from a single location beginning April 2016. The delivery of the UQT is
the first step in providing the consolidated ground operations center,
which will be operated by the 2nd Space Warning Squadron, a subordinate
unit of the 460th Operations Group.
The UQT is the simulator that the operators will use in their rigorous
and highly technical crew training. The system is designed to provide
full unit training for multiple crews consisting of 26 skilled operators
at any one time. The UQT will ensure crew readiness and the ability to
monitor satellite health and mission performance, as well as prepare
them for any event in a real-world situation.
The UQT is built on the Standardized Space Trainer (SST) architecture,
which is an AFSPC-wide standard training system. It is the baseline
platform for training all AF satellite operators. The SST is designed to
operate much like an interactive video game system, in which the users
can simply plug in their mission and run their customized scenarios.
The Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located
at Los Angeles Air Force Base, is the U.S. Air Force's center of
acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space
systems. Its portfolio includes GPS, military satellite communications,
defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems,
satellite control networks, space based infrared systems and space
situational awareness capabilities.