Air Force Satellite Communications (AFSATCOM) (U)
(U) Air Force Satellite Communications (AFSATCOM) provide secure, reliable, and survivable satellite communications for Air Force Single Integrated Operation Plan (SIOP) forces and other selected high priority users.
Description User Impact Programmatics Images Related Initiatives Related Requirements Related Categories Road Map Placements Additional Hotlinks Lead Office POC
(U) AFSATCOM transponders are hosted as "passengers" on other satellite systems including the AFSATs, the Leased Satellites (LEASAT), the Gapfiller satellites, the Satellite Data System (SDS), DSCS, and the Lincoln Experimental Satellites (LES). The payload uses the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) portion of the frequency spectrum to provide two-way, record communications between a family of airborne and ground terminals. There are 12 AFSATCOM 5-kHz channels which are independent of other communications on their host satellites. Additionally on the CONUS, Atlantic and Pacific AFSATs, and the CONUS LEASAT, there is a 500-kHz wideband channel. The AFSATCOM 5-kHz channels 11-17 are regenerative, which means that the uplink RF signal at 317-MHz containing 75 bps messages, is converted to baseband; the message bits are amplified, reshaped, and remodulated and transmitted on the downlink at 243 MHz. Processing limits the signal to 75 bps and requires a special radio. AFSATCOM 5-kHz channels 18-22 are non-regenerative as there is no processing done other than the conversion. AFSATCOM is specifically designed for emergency action message (EAM) dissemination, force direction, force report back and Commander-in-Chief (CINC) internetting. The AFSATCOM terminal segment consists of all Air Force airborne and ground communication equipment, required interfaces, and related terminal equipment. These programs include the Air Force Satellite Communications (AFSATCOM) System, MD-1035 Dual Modem Upgrade Program, AN/ARC-171 Receiver-Transmitter Upgrade Programs, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Airborne UHF Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Terminal Upgrade Program and the Initial Network Control Station (INCS).
User Impact (U):
(U) AFSATCOM provides essential secure, reliable, and survivable satellite communications for Air Force Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP) forces and other selected high priority users.
Name Title Added Value to the Warfighter AFSPC Vision DSCS III Defense Satellite Communication System (DSCS) III FLTSATCOM Fleet Satellite Communications This Table Is Unclassified.
Related Initiatives (U):
Name Title Adv Narrowband Dig Voice Termnl Advanced Narrowband Digital Voice Terminal (ANDVT) Airborne Integrated Terminal Airborne Integrated Terminal (AIT) DSCS III Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) III Enhanced Manpack UHF Terminal Enhanced Manpack UHF Terminal (EMUT) (aka Spitfire) Mini-Demand Assigned Mult Access Mini-Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) UHF Follow-on (UFO) Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Follow-on (UFO) This Table Is Unclassified.
Related Requirements (U):None.
Related Categories (U):
Name Title Satellite Operations Satellite Operations UHF Satellite Systems Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Satellite Systems This Table Is Unclassified.
Road Map Placements (U):
Name Title MILSATCOM SPACE FORCE ENHANCEMENT: MILSATCOM This Table Is Unclassified.
Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):
Name AFSCN History AFSCN Homepage This Table Is Unclassified.
Lead Office (U):
(U) Air Force.
Point of Contact (U):
(U) Maj Mike LaPointe, NSSA, Open Phone: (703) 325-6422, DSN 221-6422.
(U) National Security Space Road Map Team, NSSA, Open Phone: (703)808-6040, DSN 898-6040.
Date Of Information (U):
(U) 01 February 1997
(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999