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Cape Cod Air Force Station

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Cape Cod Air Force Station
Part of Joint Base Cape Cod
Near Sagamore, Massachusetts in the United States
Aerial view of Cape Cod Air Force Station during the mid-1980s
Aerial view of Cape Cod Air Force Station during the mid-1980s
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Cape Cod AFS is located in the United States
Cape Cod AFS
Cape Cod AFS
Location in the United States
Coordinates41°45′12″N 70°32′19″W / 41.7532°N 70.5385°W / 41.7532; -70.5385
TypeUS Air Force Station
Site information
OwnerDepartment of Defense
OperatorUnited States Space Force
Controlled bySpace Operations Command
Radar typeAN/FPS-123 PAVE PAWS (Phased Array Warning System)
Site history
Built1976 (1976)–1980
In use1980 – present
Garrison information
Occupants6th Space Warning Squadron

Cape Cod Air Force Station is a U.S. Air Force station located in the northwest corner of Joint Base Cape Cod, United States, on Flatrock Hill in Massachusetts. It consists of one PAVE PAWS radar station and is in continuous operation.

Construction began on Oct. 26, 1976. The facility became operational April 4, 1980, as Cape Cod Missile Early Warning Station, but was renamed Cape Cod Air Force Station on January 5, 1982.[1]

The facility became home to the 6th Space Warning Squadron after the closure of the North Truro Air Force Station in North Truro, Massachusetts.


PAVE PAWS and BMEWS coverage
PAVE PAWS and BMEWS coverage

Its main mission is to track space debris, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and submarine-launched ballistic missiles. It also tracked the spy satellite USA-193 before it was shot down. Its secondary mission is tracking Earth-orbiting objects such as the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle, any object that deviates from its known orbit, or any new orbiting objects.[citation needed]

The 6th Space Warning Squadron is a Geographically Separate Unit, which although based at Cape Cod, is subordinate to Space Delta 4 based at Buckley AFB in Colorado.[2]


Units based at Cape Cod Air Force Station.[2]

United States Space Force

Space Operations Command


See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  1. ^ United States Air Force. 6th Space Warning Squadron fact sheet Archived March 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed January 1, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Fact Sheet – Space Delta 4 - Missile Warning". Buckley Air Force Base. US Space Force. July 2020. Retrieved August 2, 2020.

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