Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

JFCC-Space Continues To Support Haiti Mission
by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek
30th Space Wing Public Affairs
Vandenberg AFB CA (AFNS) Feb 19, 2010

With the tracking system for the Iridium satellite constellation on screen, 1st Lt. Daniel Moomey explains his knowledge of how the system works to Capt. Amy Ianacone and Airman Patrick Adams Jan. 7, 2010, at Vandenburg Air Force Base, Calif. The Joint Space Operations Center recently reached a milestone Dec. 18, 2009, increasing the number of active satellites tracked from 120 to approximately 1,150. Lieutenant Moomey, Captain Ianacone and Airman Adams are from the Joint Space Operations Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Angelina Drake)

Members of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space here are continuing to support relief efforts in Haiti by providing space effects such as satellite communications and position timing and navigation services.

At any given time, up to 200 personnel, including the JFCC-Space staff, Joint Space Operations Center and JFCC-Space tactical units, are contributing to the overall space support delivered to Haiti.

Additionally, the JSpoC force enhancement team, made up of approximately 30 members, is primarily responsible for theater integration and is the JFCC-Space focal point for the reception of space support requests from users such as those at Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Haiti.

"JFCC-Space is an integral part of the current support to Haitian relief operations, " said Royal Australian Air Force Squadron Leader Chris Robson, assigned to the 614th Air and Space Operations Center.

In fact, JFCC Space members were involved less than 24 hours after the Haiti disaster occurred. Once initial reports of the earthquake in Haiti reached the 24-hour watch floor of the JSpOC, it triggered a standing process to begin planning to support any requests for space support that may come from the U.S. government forces supporting relief operations.

That process included drafting of a statement of intent directive from Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, the commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space, for space forces assigned and attached to JFCC-Space to be prepared to support relief operations. JSpOC planners then began matching available space assets to the anticipated relief needs, and preparing the tasking order to direct space units to provide support as requested.

"Dealing with emerging theaters of operation and immediate support to disasters is part and parcel of the daily operating procedures that JFCC-Space has in place," Squadron Leader Robson said. "The entire command exercises its response to such situations regularly, and, though the tempo at this time has increased, it is well within the capability of the professionals that are JFCC-Space."

After the quick response, JFCC-Space efforts have focused on ensuring minimal interruptions of position timing and navigation services as well as ensuring availability of satellite communication constellation assets, he said. These effects are being ensured primarily through the prioritization and minimization of maintenance activities in these two areas.

Organization members are also coordinating with U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Northern Command, other combatant commanders, GPS Operations Center and other U.S. Strategic Command components. These relationships ensure proper and optimum space support to Haiti.

"JFCC-Space coordinates and commands the assets that provide capabilities that are not only required but essential to all operations inclusive of combat and humanitarian support," Squadron Leader Robson said. "If operators in the field are unable to communicate, navigate and surveil their area of operation, their mission is not only more difficult but far more dangerous. JFCC-Space enables these capabilities to be brought to the mission."


Related Links
Joint Space Operations Center
Read the latest in Military Space Communications Technology at

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Raytheon Joint Standoff Weapon C-1 Proves Networked Capability
New Dehli (SPX) Feb 17, 2010
Raytheon's Joint Standoff Weapon C-1 completed a major milestone when the weapon's Strike Common Weapon Datalink (SCWDL) communicated via Link-16 nodes with a Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System aircraft. The test demonstrated the weapon's ability to function as a node on the network and moved the system one step closer to engaging moving maritime targets. JSOW is a family of ... read more

Astronomers Say Presence Of Water On Moon Will Lead To More Missions

Moon Exploration is Not Dead

Seed Bank For The Moon

Obama to propose abandoning US return to Moon: report

Spirit Hunkers Down For Winter

Enhanced 3D Model Of Mars Crater Edge Shows Ups And Downs

Two Windows On Ozone: Extending Our View Of The Martian Atmosphere

Spirit Parks For The Winter

US committed to space: Obama tells astronauts

New Views For Space Tourists

Voyager Celebrates 20-Year-Old Valentine To Solar System

NASA Invites Indonesia To Join In Space Research

UK's First China Space Race Exhibition Launched

No Spacewalk From Tiangong-1

China's Mystery Spacelab

China launches orbiter for navigation system: state media

Endeavour astronauts prepare to unveil room with cosmic view

Astronauts Move Cupola

Third And Final STS-130 Spacewalk Tonight

ISS gets room with a view as astronauts attach space cupola

Concrete Phase Of Runway Begins At Spaceport America

Brazil, China To Postpone Joint Satellite Launching To 2011

Arianespace Takes Delivery Of Two More Birds For Orbital Delivery

Arianespace To Launch Athena-Fidus Satellite

Seeing ExoPlanet Atmospheres From The Ground

New Technique For Detecting Earth-Like Planets

New technique helps search for another Earth

NASA's Rosetta "Alice" Spectrometer Reveals Earth's UV Fingerprint

Hologram advances seen to combat terrorism

Google digital book project gets day in court

Smartphones under growing threat from hackers

Breakthrough For Mobile Television

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement