America's current space-based early warning system, the Defense Support Program satellite constellation, will continue to provide the first line of defense to the US and its allies as Space Based Infrared System satellites enter operations, Col. Chance Saltzman, 460th Operations Group commander at Buckley AFB, Colo., told reporters Oct. 28, 2010. "The DSP program is in really good shape and we have no desire to take any of those systems offline as SBIRS comes into being," he said. The Air Force is celebrating 40 years of DSP operations. Despite exceeding their designed lifespan four times over, DSP satellites, like the one shown here in an artist's rendition, will soldier on, operating alongside SBIRS, he said.
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