Military and civilian satellites can be subjected to natural and manmade signal disruptions. A Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) project currently underway to simulate that disruption is taking place between Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC) at Peterson AFB, Colo., AEDC and Welkin Sciences, Inc., Colo. The goal is to develop a MILSATCOM Atmospheric Scintillation Simulator or MASS to test the efficiency of satellite’s capabilities to operate regardless of scintillation. Pictured is an artist’s rendering of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Space Vehicle-1, launched in August 2010. (Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Space Command)
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