SSMEE visits HULA
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 17, 2015
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 21st Space Operations Squadron Detachment 3, HULA, hosted Space Subject Matter Expert Exchange participants as part of an event Feb. 15-21 at Waianae, Hawaii.
The SSMEE objective is tied to U.S. Southern Command Theater Campaign Plan intermediate military objectives and Air Forces Southern Country Engagement Plan objectives of assuring access to space as a global common, and the U.S. being the preferred partner in capacity development.
"U.S. Southern Command sponsored subject matter expert exchange between Colombian air force space experts and Air Forces Southern, Air Force Space Command, Pacific Fleet, University of Hawaii and RocketDyne experts regarding small and nano satellite development and launch," said. Lt. Col. Trae York, 12th Air Force director of space forces.
The objective of the event was to expose the Colombian air force space officers to small satellite development and launch processes, from concept, acquisition, program management, satellite design, to safety checks for the satellite and rocket, to safe launch, and all of the inherent capacity and processes required to develop and launch a small satellite, York said.
"The exposure will help the Colombian air force to understand the full scope of the effort required in order to meet their stated space goals of having the capacity to develop and launch small satellites," he said.
The Chief of Staff of the Colombian air force hand selected two capitanes from his staff, Capt. Fabio Sandoval, a program management expert, and Capt. Andrea Correchea, a radar expert. Both are saddled with assisting the space staff in developing a concept to meet the strategic goals of developing and launching a small satellite by 2020.
This subject matter expert exchange enabled them to get an understanding of the capabilities and capacity required to meet these goals. The experts they met with hailed from the University of Hawaii's Space Flight Laboratory, RocketDyne, Operationally Responsive Space Office, 21 SOPS Det 3 and the Pacific Missile Range Facility.
The reason Colombia desires small satellite launch capability and capacity is because space enabled capabilities can be integrated into civil and military planning and operations to better enable those operations, York said. This is across multiple disciplines including humanitarian disaster and disaster relief, counter-narcotics, Earth monitoring for deforestation or illegal mining, tele-medicine, tele-education and others. Prestige and economic benefits for Colombia are factors as well.