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5th Space Control Squadron

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5th Space Control Squadron
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Emblem of the 5th Space Control Squadron
CountryUnited States
Branch United States Space Force
TypeSpace electronic warfare
Part ofSpace Delta 3
Garrison/HQPeterson Space Force Base, Colorado
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Lt Col Susan Bedell[1]
John W. Raymond
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The United States Space Force's 5th Space Control Squadron (5 SPCS) was a space control unit located at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado.


The mission of the 5 SSS was to operate the Low Altitude Space Surveillance (LASS) system and Deep Space Tracking System (DSTS) to gather space intelligence and track space systems in both near- and far-Earth orbits.


The dual LASS/DSTS operation supported USAF space intelligence requirements, while being assisted by the 18th Intelligence Squadron's Det 4 for SIGINT support.[2] This coverage augmented worldwide coverage of space signals activities at similarly equipped sites at Misawa AB, Japan, Osan AB, Republic of Korea and at Griffiss AFB in the United States.[3]

The Deep Space Tracking System uses sensitive, highly accurate 20-foot dish antennas to detect and track S-band radio signals transmitted by radio beacons on most satellites. There were DSTS receivers located at Griffiss AFB, New York; RAF Feltwell, Great Britain; and Misawa AB, Japan.[4]

The 5 SSS was inactivated in 2003, with administration of RAF Feltwell transferred to Detachment 4, 18th Intelligence Squadron.

Previous designations

  • 5th Space Surveillance Squadron (1989–2003)

Bases stationed

List of commanders

  • Lt Col Ronald P. Mitchell, 1 October 1990 – ???
  • Lt Col James L. Burling, Jr., August 1994 – 28 September 1996
  • Lt Col Steven R. Prebeck, 28 September 1996 – ???[5]
  • Lt Col John Amrine, June 1999 – July 2000[6]
  • Lt Col John W. Raymond, April 2000 – June 2001[7]
  • Lt Col Susan Bedell, 10 October 2019 – present[1]

Equipment Operated

  • Low Altitude Space Surveillance (LASS) (1989–2003)
  • Deep Space Tracking System (DSTS) (1989–2003)

See also



  1. ^ a b "721st OG activated as USAF realigns to 'Protect and Defend' U.S. Space Capabilities".
  2. ^ Richelson, Jeffrey (4 February 1999). Richelson, J. The US Intelligence Community, 4th Edition. ISBN 9780813368931.
  3. ^ "21st Space Wing [21st SW]".
  4. ^ "SeeSat-L Jan-96 : US Space Surveillance Network".
  5. ^ AFHRA FOIA Req 09-0061: 21st Space Wing Roster of Key Personnel (as of 31 December 1996)
  6. ^ "Official Biography of Colonel Amrine" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 30, 2007.
  7. ^ "Peterson-Schriever Garrison | USSF | Peterson Air Force Base". Archived from the original on January 16, 2009.
  8. ^ AFSPC Special Order GA-10, 2001
  9. ^ AFSPC Special Order GA-97, 2000
  10. ^ AFSPC Special Order GA-62, 6 December 1999
  11. ^ AFSPC Special Order GA-58, 6 December 1999
  12. ^ AFSPC Special Order GA-09, 1 November 1997
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