Accession Number : ADA586574


Title :   Space Survivability


Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Oct 2005-30 Jun 2006


Corporate Author : SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD (AIR FORCE) WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Stokes, Grant H ; Schue, Howard K ; Betz, John ; Brock, John ; Dougherty, L S ; Fleischman, Jack ; Hastings, Dan ; Hull, George ; Razouk, Rami ; Whelan, David ; Woddard, Joan


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA586574


Report Date : 30 Jun 2006


Pagination or Media Count : 13


Abstract : The United States Air Force is vitally dependent on capabilities delivered or enabled by military, Intelligence Community, civil, and some commercially-available space assets. Vulnerabilities in our space systems could result in the loss of critical space-based capabilities, such as communications, positioning, navigation and timing, and ISR that directly support our warfighters. Our ground stations, launch sites, satellites, and the links between them are vulnerable to direct physical attacks, laser weapons, jamming, nuclear detonations and kinetic kill by space-based systems; these threats appear to be increasing. Our ground stations and satellites are difficult and expensive to replace and would require years - sometimes decades - to be fully reconstituted. This study addresses the spectrum of our military reliance on space systems, the threats to those systems, their vulnerabilities, and appropriate response actions. It also considers the current state of integration of the nation s ground and space capabilities for rapid detection, assessment of and response to potential attack and offers recommendations on technological and operational options for improving the survivability of current and future U.S. space systems. This study was conducted in response to a request by the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.


Descriptors :   *SPACE SYSTEMS , *SURVIVABILITY , MILITARY SATELLITES , SITUATIONAL AWARENESS , SPACE ENVIRONMENTS , THREATS , VULNERABILITY


Subject Categories : Unmanned Spacecraft


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE