Five Rivers Services Awarded US Air Force Satellite Support Contract in New Hampshire
Five Rivers Services (FRS) has been awarded a subcontract from Harris IT Services under Harris’ Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) Network Space Operations and Maintenance (NSOM) contract. NSOM supports the 50th Space Wing’s Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN), headquartered in Colorado Springs, which is responsible for providing readiness, launch, early orbit/on-orbit support, and anomaly resolution for a variety of satellite constellations. FRS provides operations, maintenance, and sustainment services for the multi-mission operations center at New Boston Air Force Station, New Hampshire, as well as security and facility support services.
Keeping low earth orbital paths clear.
From the 1960s-2013, the Air Force Space Surveillance System (AFSSS), or space “fence,” had kept millions of low earth orbiting space debris from colliding with functioning satellites and manned space vehicles. Through monitoring and tracking orbital objects with a series of three transmitter and six receiving radio frequency (RF) field stations situated coast-to-coast along the southern U.S., Five Rivers Services’ technicians collected returns on 100,000+ of these items daily and reported them to the Air Force 20th Space Control Squadron in Dahlgren, Virginia. This enabled the Air Force to maintain an accurate catalogue of objects in space and the situational awareness necessary to keep future launches out of their orbits. Five Rivers Services personnel also managed, maintained and provided complete logistical support for these nine critical field stations.