The stars at night are big and bright...

The stars at night are big and bright...
The stars at night are big and bright...

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Who Knew Space Surveillance Command was in Archer City?

But I didn't know the NAVSPASUR system had been turned over to the Air Force in 2004. It used to be run by the Navy. Now it looks like it's going to be run by nobody. Thanks to the sequestration, the aging Air Force Space Surveillance System is being shut down and replaced with modified operating modes for the Perimeter Acquisition Radar Characterization System at Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D., and for the space surveillance radar at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Why am I reminded of Charlie Sheen in The Arrival?

Kickapoo Station had a budget of over $2M a year just for electricity. Brazos Electric is not going to be happy about that.

Wildly inaccurate map. But they got San Diego right.

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Check out the vicious perimeter security.


el chupacabra said...

This guy also. I recall being curious about its presence in the early 90s when we rebuilt the dam to Kickapoo Lake. We were told it was part of a system to track ICBM launches out of Russia.

People did not trust its presence and if you asked about it you would often be admonished, Don't go down there. They'll shoot you!

an Donalbane said...

I learned of it three or four years ago, but now can't remember why - though I do recall spending parts of a couple evenings looking at or Bing.maps to try to figure it out.