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DISA Supports Air Force Command ORS-5 Satellite Communications

The Defense Information Systems Agency has contributed a converged access network for the Air Force Space Command and a military satellite tracking station to communicate with a new space surveillance satellite currently in orbit.

AFSC and its mission partners receive data from Operationally Responsive Space-5 via DISA’s Converged Access Lite Network, the agency said Tuesday.

The network employs an updated telemetry downlink technology designed to facilitate data transfer between the Diego Garcia tracking station in the Indian Ocean and ORS-5.

DISA’s Pacific Field Command officially commissioned the network April 18.

“Without the circuit rate increase, AFSCN could not have supported ORS-5 at the Diego Garcia tracking station,” said Lester Vanbuskirk Jr., a technical adviser at AFSCN.

The satellite was launched to space on Aug, 26 aboard an Orbital ATK-made Minotaur IV rocket and designed for surveillance operations within the geosynchronous orbit belt.

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