Drive future Space capabilities through collaborative innovation, development planning, and demonstrations. One team delivering the full spectrum of small, responsive space capabilities.
An exciting environment envisioning and shaping the future of Space. The Air Force's premier center for advanced systems and developmental planning - recognized for credibility, analytical rigor, and teamwork.
740 total personnel (423 military/civilians/FFRDC, 317 contractors), 217 person government organization, 160 contract support
In July 1992, the Space and Missile Systems Center consolidated four separate reporting units and stood up the Space Experimentation Program Office. The newly aligned programs included the Rocket Systems Launch Program, the DoD Space Test Program, the Research and Development Space and Missile Operations program, and T&E functions located at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Beginning in June of 1993, RDT&E activities at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Onizuka Air Station, and San Bernardino were collocated at Kirtland Air Force Base alongside the Air Force Research Laboratory Phillips Research Site. In July 1995, the organization was renamed the Space and Missile Test and Evaluation Directorate.
On 29 June 2001 the unit became SMC Detachment 12 in preparation for the 1 October 2001 alignment of SMC to AFSPC. SMC Detachment 12 became the Space Development & Test Wing, which was activated on 1 August 2006. On 10 November 2010 the Space Development & Test Wing was redesignated the Space Development & Test Directorate as part of SMC's realignment from a wing structure to directorate structure.
On October 9, 2014 SMC deactivated the Development Planning Directorate and the Space Development and Test Directorate, and activated the Advanced Systems and Development Directorate. This new directorate brings the science and technology, pre-systems acquisition, and developmental planning expertise resident at Los Angeles Air Force Base together with the advanced test, demonstration and launch capabilities located at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, N.M. AD's new mission is essential to SMC's goal of developing affordable and resilient space capabilities now and into the future.
SMC/AD is headquartered at Kirtland AFB with operating locations at Los Angeles AFB, Hill AFB, and Johnson Space Center. The SMC/AD is composed of four mission divisions and four support divisions. The capabilities of these divisions provide SMC/AD with the unique ability to provide SMC and AFSPC Technology Planning, Modeling and Simulation, Requirements Analysis, Concept Development, small launch and space demonstrations, Hosted Payloads, ground system architectures, systems engineering, in-house Contracting, Program Control, and Management Operations functions.
Ground Systems and Operations Division (ADG)
ADG provides expertise in satellite testing, ground systems, and operations. ADG deploys testing equipment to manufacturing and launch sites to test satellites before flight. Additionally they own and operate worldwide deployable telemetry assets as well as operating a 24/7 satellite control station in the Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Support Complex at Kirtland with access to the Air Force Satellite Control Network. ADG Operates and sustains the Multi-Mission Satellite Operations Center Ground System Enterprise for Research & Development and demonstration missions; to develop innovative solutions to reduce operations & maintenance costs; to provide a test bed to prove out emerging concepts as a viable choice for all new ground C2 programs. ADG is on the cutting edge of satellite operations, demonstrating improved responsiveness and cost-effectiveness.
Space Demonstration Division (ADS)
ADS executes and implements innovative space system solutions for Air Force, DoD, and other government customers to enable flexible, resilient, and affordable capabilities. ADS executes the DoD Space Test Program, chartered in 1965, to provide mission design and spaceflight for DoD science and technology efforts. ADS integrates, launches, and operates all DoD payloads on the International Space Station and other human-rated NASA missions and serves as DoD lead agent for auxiliary payloads on Air Force expendable launch vehicles. ADS executes the Rocket System Launch Program, chartered in 1963, to develop, deliver, and launch reliable and affordable orbital and sub-orbital rocket systems that demonstrate and validate advanced capabilities in support of current and future architectures for operational systems, prototypes, risk reduction efforts, and Research & Development missions. ADS manages the Hosted Payload Office which identifies, matches, and facilitates hosted payload opportunities and developments among industry and the US government. Additionally, ADS leads the only missile program at SMC, the Advanced Missile Development Office, which focuses on cutting edge hypersonic technology advancements in propulsion, glide body, and end-game lethality concepts supporting the defense-wide Prompt Global Strike concept and other hypersonic weapons programs.
Strategic Concepts Division (ADX)
ADX provides development planning and concept development support to SMC Program Offices and AFSPC to ensure future materiel solutions fill space superiority capability gaps. Additionally they perform military utility analysis studies to provide quantitative assessments to leadership for informed decision-making. This includes defining acquisition trade-space using analytic rigor to inform Materiel Development Decisions, Analysis of Alternatives, the AFSPC Integrated Planning Process, Core Function Support Plans, and Headquarters Program Objective Memorandums.
Capability Integration and Transition Division (ADY)
ADY Manages mission area integrated planning teams, which span the breadth of SMC's core mission areas and capabilities, are at the heart of AD's planning and future space architecture development efforts. These IPTs will serve as the mechanism to infuse promising science and technology developmental concepts into future architectures with the credible analysis needed to confidently transition ideas into demonstration activities or support alternatives analysis for AFSPC.