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AFOTEC Initiatives Accelerate SBIRS Testing

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by Staff Writers
Kirtland AFB NM (SPX) Nov 24, 2008
The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center successfully tested the Space-Based Infrared System Highly Elliptical Orbit payload (HEO-1) and operations center and accelerated operational acceptance by six weeks.

SBIRS is a consolidated system intended to meet United States infrared space surveillance needs through the first two to three decades of the 21st century. The SBIRS program addresses critical warfighter needs in the areas of missile warning, missile defense battlespace awareness, and technical intelligence.

"During a recent Operational Utility Evaluation, the key enabler to this unprecedented success for our SBIRS test team was AFOTEC's Space Test Initiative, which leveraged both integrated developmental and operational testing coupled with agile reporting," said Colonel Regis Baldauff, AFOTEC Detachment 4 Commander.

In a July Space Summit at Kirtland the AFOTEC Commander Maj. Gen. Steve Sargeant said, "We've been applying a Ford testing (aircraft) model to a Toyota (space) production model and it just doesn't fit. We need to find a better way to conduct space operational test and evaluation in order to provide better decision quality data to the space acquisition and operational decision-makers.

"We are rapidly moving away from a process that looks like "Stan Eval" after launch or fielding, to early and continuous involvement throughout the development and fielding of a new space capability."

During test execution AFOTEC accelerated the HEO-1 schedule by leveraging Lockheed Martin planned developmental testing to meet operational testing objectives. AFOTEC also leveraged system trial period operations to further execute and report operational test requirements.

Overall, these efforts enabled HEO-1 data to the warfighter approximately six weeks earlier than originally planned. By using agile reporting, AFOTEC informed the Air Force Space Command HEO-1 operational acceptance decision and enabled a U.S. Strategic Command system certification eight weeks early.

AFOTEC is currently preparing for continued testing of a second HEO payload known as HEO-2. Although HEO-2 was not originally planned for operational testing, AFSPC is capitalizing on the HEO-1 momentum created by AFOTEC's new approach and is accelerating HEO-2 transition into the SBIRS constellation.

Subsequent AFOTEC testing and reporting in the light of the Space Test Initiative will further accelerate HEO architecture operational acceptance and warfighter capabilities.

"AFOTEC's Space Test Initiative is a watershed event for current and future testing of Department of Defense space systems," said General Sargeant.

"This approach enables better space warfighting systems acquisition through early, continuous integrated testing to ensure the system addresses the mission capability gap and enables early program decisions when changes are less costly."

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