Press Release

MILSATCOM Systems Directorate’s CCS-C Is Modernized by Hardware Upgrade

By SpaceRef Editor
November 15, 2011
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LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, El Segundo, Calif. – The Command and Control System – Consolidated program, part of LAAFB’s Military Satellite Communication Systems Directorate, recently upgraded all 38 Front End Processors, modernizing the system and readying CCS-C to accept future changes to the Air Force Satellite Control Network.

CCS-C provides telemetry, tracking and commanding for all AF communication satellite constellations, including Wideband Global SATCOM, Defense Satellite Communications System, Advanced Extremely High Frequency and Milstar.

This sizeable upgrade to the 3rd and 4th Space Operations Squadrons’ hardware was implemented in all of the satellite operations centers across the CCS-C system, both at Schriever and Vandenberg AFB.
The hardware changes were necessary to improve the aging commercial platforms, which had become obsolete and unsupportable. The upgrade will not only serve as an improvement for the readiness for both the operational and developmental environments for mission-critical systems, it will also position CCS-C for future AFSCN upgrades to Unified S-Band commanding and Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol control and status capabilities, such as Space Link Extension. This significant upgrade, including installation and operational checkout, was accomplished within budget and on schedule.

“This is an excellent example of how teamwork between the Air Force’s acquisition and operations community, along with CCS-C’s contractor team, can have a significant positive effect on operations,” said Lt. Col. Steve Lindemuth, CCS-C program manager.

SpaceRef staff editor.