Cape Cod Air Force Station
|Cape Cod Air Force Station|
|Part of Joint Base Cape Cod|
|Near Bourne, Massachusetts in the United States of America|
Aerial view of Cape Cod Air Force Station during the mid-1980s
|Type||US Air Force Station|
|Owner||Department of Defense|
|Operator||United States Air Force|
|Controlled by||Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)|
|Radar type||AN/FPS-123 PAVE PAWS (Phased Array Warning System)|
|In use||1980 – present|
|Occupants||6th Space Warning Squadron|
Cape Cod Air Force Station is a U.S. Air Force station located in the northwest corner of Joint Base Cape Cod, United States, on Flatrock Hill in Massachusetts. It consists of one PAVE PAWS radar station and is in continuous operation.
Construction began on Oct. 26, 1976. The facility became operational April 4, 1980, as Cape Cod Missile Early Warning Station, but was renamed Cape Cod Air Force Station on January 5, 1982.
Its main mission is to track space debris, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and submarine-launched ballistic missiles. It also tracked the spy satellite USA-193 before it was shot down. Its secondary mission is tracking Earth-orbiting objects such as the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle, any object that deviates from its known orbit, or any new orbiting objects.
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