Each Milstar satellite serves as a smart "switchboard" in space by directing traffic from terminal to terminal anywhere on the Earth. Since the satellite actually processes the communications signal and can link with other Milstar satellites through crosslinks, the requirement for ground controlled switching is significantly reduced. The satellite establishes, maintains, reconfigures and disassembles required communications circuits as directed by the users. Milstar terminals provide encrypted voice, data, teletype or facsimile communications. A key goal of Milstar is to provide interoperable communications among the users of Army, Navy, and Air Force Milstar terminals.
Geographically dispersed mobile and fixed control stations provide survivable and enduring operational command and control for the Milstar constellation.
The Milstar system is composed of three segments: space (the satellites), terminal (the users) and mission control. The Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) division of Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, California, is responsible for development and acquisition of the Milstar space and mission control segments. The Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts, is responsible for the Air Force portion of the terminal segment development and acquisition. The 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB, Colorado,and the 148th Space Operations Squadron at Vandenberg AFB, California; are the front line organizations providing real-time satellite platform control and communications payload management.
|Protected Comm||Wideband Comm||Network Comm|
|Milstar||Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS)||Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT) -- a future system (also continuing the protected and wideband lines)|
|Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) -- a near-future system||Wideband Global SATCOM system (WGS) -- a near-future system|
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