Millstone-Haystack Auxillary (U)
(U) The Millstone Haystack radars support the imaging and cataloging of satellites and space debris. The radars are located at the Haystack Observatory in Tyngsboro MA.
Description User Impact Programmatics Images Related Initiatives Related Requirements Related Categories Road Map Placements Additional Hotlinks Lead Office POC
(U) The Millstone Haystack complex consists of two radars that cannot be operated simultaneously sharing common hardware and power sources. The two radars are the Haystack Long Range Imaging Radar (LRIR) and the Haystack Auxiliary Radar (HAX). These radars support missions for USSPACECOM, the National Science Foundation, and for NASA. Their primary function is for deep space imaging of foreign and domestic satellites and orbital debris. They image every new foreign space launch in near earth, and image domestic satellites in trouble.
(U) The Haystack Auxiliary Radar is a K-band which has similar capabilities to the Haystack Long Range Imaging Radar but is not quite as sensitive. HAX, which was built by NASA, receives tasking exclusively from USSPACECOM/J2FS. It provides NASA with 800 hours per year of sample debris data.
User Impact (U):
(U) Loss of this capability would have a significant impact on the Space Surveillance Network (SNN).
(U) Organizations and Funding:
- (U) USSPACECOM: Funding Source.
- (U) NASA: Funding Source.
Name Title Haystack Millstone Haystack Millstone Haystack Millstone Haystack Radar This Table Is Unclassified.
Related Initiatives (U):
Name Title Millstone-Haystack Millstone Haystack This Table Is Unclassified.
Related Requirements (U):None.
Related Categories (U):
Name Title Contibuting Sensors Contibuting Sensors This Table Is Unclassified.
Road Map Placements (U):
Name Title SPACE CONTROL: S.S. NETWORK SPACE CONTROL: SPACE SURVEILLANCE NETWORK This Table Is Unclassified.
Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):
Name 1997 Space Surveillance Dev Plan This Table Is Unclassified.
Lead Office (U):
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) 21 November 1997
(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999