Transcon Space Support Net News


Transcon Space HF Support Net usually starts 15-30 minutes prior to launch and recovery on Frequency TVH-5.


In Memorial to the Crew of COLUMBIA and their Families....

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Current Shuttle Mishap Investigation information

 NASA STS Investigation Status HERE!


 

The History and Mission of the Worldwide Space Support Net

The Worldwide Space Support Net (Transcon Space Support Net), formerly known as the Worldwide Space Division Net (WSDN), was created in 1978 by the AF MARS Base Support Team at what was then Los Angeles Air Force Station. At that time the USAF Space Division Commander was responsible for the development and operations of all aspects of the DOD space program. Under the leadership of AFA6YJ the then BST Manager, WSDN was conceived as a result of a brief, but critical satellite communications breakdown, shortly after the launch of a DOD mission. The objective of the net was to provide the Space Division Commander a contingency HF communications link to his subordinate units, including the launch sites at Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg, the Satellite Test Center in Sunnyvale as well as the remote satellite tracking stations around the world. The Los Angeles Air Force Base MARS Station, AGA6LA, was designated the net control station and conducted monthly exercises on the seven specifically assigned frequencies to maintain readiness, establishing practice phone patches between Command Posts. Generally multiple frequencies were used simultaneously to ensure good propagation to the various sites. AF MARS and the net were written into the Space Division War and Mobilization Plan and we participated in certain Command Post exercises.  When the Space Shuttle started flying, Space Division assets supported, and we likewise incorporated  launch and recovery of the Shuttle into the net activities. AGA6LA called a net that fateful morning of the Challenger disaster.  At the peak of its activities in the early-80's, the Worldwide Space Division Net counted base and affiliate stations in Los Angeles, Patrick, Vandenberg, Houston, Edwards, Sunnyvale, Guam, Hawaii, New Hampshire and Greenland.

Since those early days, many things have changed. Deployment of Space Division developed communications satellites like DSCS, reliably inter-connected the Remote Tracking Stations with Sunnyvale, and made the perceived operational need for an HF backup system seem less important.  The mission of Space Division evolved into focusing only on military space systems acquisition with the operational responsibilities, both launch and on-orbit, becoming the mission of the Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs.  Space Division's name also changed and therefore the name of our net.  With the downsizing of the military came less budget for MARS station maintenance as well.  The net evolved to affiliate station net controls supporting Shuttle launch and recovery plus a weekly training drill to test propagation and phone patch capabilities between command posts when available.  With the emphasis of AF MARS shifting to emergency communications, the net added stations who could support any Air Force or NASA facility, as well as key stations to provide HF relay when propagation was tough.   No longer a closed net, any interested AF MARS member may join, especially ones who are or could be part of the Base Support Team of an Air Force or NASA facility.  After over two decades of service, Transcon Space Support Net continues to support the Nation's space program by "providing the reins of command -- in emergencies".

For more information about the net, joining and participating in the net, contact the net manager AFA6PF or the deputy net managers AFN3VN, AFA4BR.


Other Transcon Space Support Net Information


Scheduled Transcon Space Support Net Nets

Net Control Rotation

 

Eastern Area Central Area Western Area
January  February  March 
April  May  June 
July  August  September 
October  November  December 
1000 Local TX Time - Saturday
Pri -TVH 5
Alt -
1030 Local TX Time - Saturday,
Regions 1-6
Net Control decides freq. at end of regular net.
Shuttle Launches/Recovery net info
Email for Information on Transcon Space Support Net Frequencies

 


Net Membership

 

Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 Region 6 Region 8
AFA1LE
AFA1LL 
AFA1MH 
AFA1SX 
AFA1WA
AFA1WY 
AFA1XN
AFA1YD
AFA2BT 
AFA2CU 
AFA2CX
AFA2HA
AFA2HF 
AFA2HO 
AFA2JH 
AFA2LF 
AFA2LT 
AFA2QZ 
AFA2SJ
AFA2SL 
AFA2SQ 
AFA2SX 
AFA2VL 
AFA2WJ 
AFA2XD 
AFA2ZC 
AFA3CI
AFA3CJ 
AFA3DK 
AFA3FH
AFA3GC
AFA3QU
AFA3ST 
AFA3VB 
AFA4BR
AFA4GB
AFA4NV
AFA4AF
AFA5CQ
AFA5DC
AFA5EJ
AFA5EP 
AFA5GT
AFA5OA 
AFA5SI
AFA5VB 
AAR9LR
AFA6AY
AFA6BI 
AFA6CG 
AFA6DJ 
AFA6FH
AFA6FS
AFA6GM 
AFA6GN 
AFA6JA 
AFA6KC 
AFA6LD
AFA6ME
AFA6NA 
AFA6PF 
AFA6RR
AFA6SE 
AFA6SL 
AFA6TP
AFA6YJ 
NNN0ESH
AFA8VB 

NEW INFO.....

Transcon Space Support Net Contacts for Region 4:

Claude Baker, AFA4BR
Assistant Transcon Space Support Net Net Manager
USAF Worldwide Space Support Net
Email: k9pgw@earthlink.net

 


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