The 22d Space Operations Squadron
) is a United States Air Force
unit of the 50th Network Operations Group
, itself a part of the 50th Space Wing
, and is located at Schriever Air Force Base
. 22 SOPS develops, publishes, executes, and enforces the network operations tasking order, as well as operating and maintaining worldwide remote tracking stations and associated communications systems comprising the Air Force Satellite Control Network
(AFSCN). It additionally coordinates launch and on-orbit operations of Department of Defense
and other national agencies' satellites in support of warfighters
, the President
, and the Secretary of Defense
. Lastly, the squadron supports NASA
's space mission.
Constituted 22d Space Operations Squadron on 10 July 1991, it was activated on 1 Oct 1991. It operated as part of the 2d Satellite Tracking Group
. In 2004 it changed from being under the 50th Operations Group to the 50th Network Operations Group. As part of 22 SOPS, the Colorado Tracking Station (CTS) enjoys a unique status as the only on-base satellite tracking facility. Originally built in the late 1980s, the station has undergone a number of upgrades that continue even today.
In late 2006, the station is scheduled to receive a new equipment core, which will allow further automation of the satellite operations. The new core, part of the Remote Tracking Station (RTS) Block Change (RBC) includes computer processor upgrades, and new hardware/software to allow... Read More