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US Air Force Forms New Military Satellite Watch Team

Surface Water and Ocean Topography spacecraftThe U.S. Air Force has organized a new team at the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado that has been tasked to watch the U.S. military’s satellites, Defense One reported Monday.

Patrick Tucker writes the Space Mission Force consists of 352 individuals distributed across four squadrons with four crewmembers each.

A mission planning cell that comprises an orbit analysts, intelligence professionals, engineers and mission specialists will support the mission planning cell, according to the report.

The Air Force also plans to set up additional Space Mission Force crews at the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base and at the 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado, Tucker reports.

Defense One reports the move is part of the military’s efforts to protect space assets and increase space funds over the next five years.

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