|Counterspace Technology Unit Activated at Peterson |
Counterspace Technology Unit Activated at Peterson
Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado -- January 22, 2001 (AFSCNS) -- Concepts of futuristic offensive and defensive counterspace weapon systems will soon be taken out of the lab and put to the test because of the activation of the 76th Space Control Squadron here.
The new squadron became part of the 21st Space Wing Jan. 22.
The control squadron, Air Force Space Command's first counterspace technology unit, will explore future space control technologies by testing models and prototypes of counterspace systems for rapid achievement of space superiority.
"The freedom to operate in space is widely acknowledged as an American vital interest," said Brig. Gen. Gary R. Dylewski, Air Force Space Command's director of operations. "We must plan to both protect our access to space and deny access to those adversaries who want to use their own space systems against the United States and our allies. Investigating today's technologies better postures us for tomorrow."
The squadron will concentrate on working through the challenges associated with future operations, according to Brig. Gen. C. Robert Kehler, 21st Space Wing commander.
"Assessing the technological feasibility of an idea is only one piece of the puzzle," Kehler said. "You also have to consider how each concept might be deployed and employed in harsh combat environments. That's the job of the 76th Space Control Squadron -- to think through operational issues with an eye on improving potential designs."
(Courtesy of 21st Space Wing Public Affairs)