Posted: Feb 11, 2011 6:01 AM by Bea Karnes
Updated: Feb 11, 2011 6:14 AM
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP)-The Air Force has a new trainer for satellite operators at Schriever Air Force Base with new capabilities and flexibility that older models didn't have.
The 50th Space Wing introduced the Standard Space Trainer Integrated Training Center with a ribbon-cutting last week. The base east of Colorado Springs is responsible for operating several military satellite systems.
The new trainer allows operators to learn how to control a variety of satellite systems. It can run in fast forward, rewind and replay mode. Instructors can run multiple, independent scenarios simultaneously.
The trainer is already being used for the Defense Satellite Communications System. In the next five years, it is expected to have applications for the Global Positioning System, Space-Based Space Surveillance System and other satellites.