COLORADO SPRINGS — U.S. Air Force Space Command is finalizing a plan to revamp ground control systems for military satellite constellations. Current systems suffer from problems such as user-unfriendly software, outdated cybersecurity standards and difficulties sharing information within the military’s space enterprise.
The problems are well documented but the Air Force has struggled to come up with solutions. Air Force Space Command last year decided that the answer is a universal command-and-control architecture called Enterprise Ground Services (EGS). A memo signed in August by AFSC Commander Gen. John Raymond declares EGS the “common platform to execute satellite operations for tactical command and control of space assets.” To ensure information can be shared, EGS will require “machine to machine exchanges” in all ground systems. They also must use universal messaging standards, according to Raymond’s memo.
The Air Force’s 2020 budget proposal adds a new funding line for EGS, requesting $138 million to develop and test software. Legacy ground systems will have to transition to the EGS architecture over the next decade. That includes the ground control for missile warning, satellite communications, space domain awareness and experimental satellites.
“EGS prepares us for tomorrow’s fight by increasing enterprise resiliency and capability,” Col. ...