The 614th Air Operations Center, Detachment 1 was activated on April 30, 2010 and is responsible for providing space command and control, as well as space situational awareness for government and civilian customers. The unit mission is to maintain space command and control and synergize capabilities to provide Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space timely global space effects to protect DoD air, land, sea and space forces.
614 AOC, Det 1 is responsible for the operational functionality of Distributive Space Command and Control-Dahlgren (DSC2-D) and serves as the alternate command and control node for the Joint Space Operations Center Space Situational Awareness mission located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. DSC2-D provides tasking to the space surveillance network, a worldwide network of 31 space surveillance sensors (radar and optical telescopes, both military and civilian) on high-priority satellites, processes space events (launches, re-entries, de-orbits, breakups, maneuvers, etc.) and works directly with NASA to ensure the safety of the International Space Station crews. They also work Laser Clearinghouse requests to ensure laster test firings do not interfere with on-orbit assets. Collocated and working hand-in-hand with Naval Network Warfare Command Space Operations, DSC2-D enhances the Department of the Navy Satellite Vulnerability Program by providing near real-time notification to the Naval Fleet of potential hostile Space-Based Reconnaissance Systems and provides space situational awareness products and services in support of United States Strategic Command.
They task the space surveillance network to observe and track satellites and match those sensor observations to more than 22,000 man-made orbiting objects and update the position of each one. These updates form the Space Catalog, a comprehensive listing of orbital parameters for objects in space. This data is used to provide the space surveillance network with up-to-date information for more efficient satellite tracking.