Successful simulator move for SBIRS
By 460th Public Affairs
/ Published March 05, 2012
BUCKLEY AIR FOORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. B. Chance Saltzman, the 460th Operations Group commander, proudly cut a ribbon, Jan. 11, to mark the completion of the relocation of their space operations simulator.
This move of the existing space simulation system is the first step in completing a system upgrade of the Space Based Infrared System. This move more efficiently utilizes existing space, making room for the additional equipment and renovations required to improve the overall missile warning system, increasing the 460th Space Wing's missile warning capabilities.
According to Tracy Rousseau, the SBIRS move program manager, the project to upgrade the entire SBIRS missile warning system will include "Do-It-Yourself" moves, reconfigurations and in-house work as well as outside contractor support.
"When this upgrade is complete, the existing system will have realized a great capability leap," said Rousseau.
Utilizing existing furniture, equipment and base personnel, the 460th Operations Group achieved scheduled milestones in-house, on time and under budget. This "Do-It-Yourself" mentality eliminated all 460th Space Wing costs for this effort, saving more than an estimated $500,000 for Buckley.
"Without the dedicated team of professionals all working together, we would have never been able to complete this effort within the accelerated timeframe," said Rousseau.
This effort was more than just physically moving over 300 pieces of equipment from one facility to another.
"Communication lines, air conditioning, power, ventilation, security, system accreditation and numerous other details had to be refined and implemented in a very short timeframe for this to be a success. It was a team effort across the board," said Rousseau.
"The relocation of the SBIRS space simulator proved what a remarkable team we have in the 460th Operations Group," said Saltzman. "The project was completed under budget and ahead of schedule with zero impact to crew training. Only the best collaboration between active duty, reserves, civilians and contractors makes this possible and that's exactly what we had. What a great team effort!"