Forty Years and Counting

The AN/FPS-85 phased array radar operated by the 20th Space Control Squadron at Eglin AFB, Fla., has enabled the Air Force to track space objects for more than 40 years, passing that milestone on Jan. 16. Former and current airmen gathered at Eglin earlier this month to participate in a site rededication and other events. Lt. Col. Thomas Falzarano, 20th SPCS commander, said: “For more than four decades, thousands of individuals have contributed their talents and hard work to what many affectionately refer to as ‘Site C-6’. From the brilliant minds who designed and constructed the radar to the men and women who navigated numerous mission changes, and now those who currently stand guard, the site is more than a location on a map. It is a family.” According to a fact sheet on the 20th SPCS, which is part of the 21st Space Wing at Peterson AFB, Colo., the AN/FPS-85 radar can “detect, track, and identify up to 200 satellites simultaneously.” (Eglin report by TSgt. Jason Lange)