Enhancing electronic security maintenance and support of vital operations for Space Force

Space Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Dakota Raub - Space Launch Delta 45 -

How Siemens Government Technologies is helping Space Force enhance electronic security systems and support vital operations conducted at Space Launch Delta 45 in Cape Canaveral

On a mission to become the world’s first fully digital service, Space Force is accelerating the adoption and implementation of innovative, technologies to assert and maintain U.S. space supremacy. Yet, as Space Force undergoes rapid digital transformation, the organization must also transform and advance their security capabilities to protect against physical and digital adversaries in land, space, and cyber domains.

In February 2021, Siemens Government Technologies was awarded an initial task order for a contract valued up to $21 million by the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, to provide maintenance and support for the electronic security systems of orbital vehicle launches and range operations at the Space Launch Delta 45, which consists of the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Patrick Space Force Base, and the Kennedy Space Center.

Defending the high frontier

The U.S Space Force (USSF) was created in December 2019 as the sixth branch of the armed forces alongside the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Developed to protect U.S. and allied interests in space, USSF organizes, trains, and equips space forces to maintain, defend, and expand the U.S. fleet of advanced military satellites that form the backbone of U.S. global military operations.

The newly redesignated Space Launch Delta 45—previously known as the 45th Space Wing—was activated in 1991 and has since supported nearly 800 military, civil, and commercial space launches. As one of two space launch wings for the USSF, the Space Launch Delta 45 provides support for NASA, the Air Force’s Technical Applications Center and 920th Rescue Wing, and the Naval Ordnance Test Unit. Taken as a whole, these organizations are ultimately responsible for U.S. national interests in space exploration, strategic defense, and deterrence missions.

Becoming interconnected, innovative, and digitally dominant

In May 2021, the USSF published its “Vision for a Digital Service”, which outlines the force’s technology goals and the strategy. The USSF aims to become the military’s first truly digital service branch by providing a pathway to a faster, more innovative, and agile service designed to meet the unique demands of the space operating environment. Chief of Space Operations General John Raymond says in the introduction to the document that the nature of the threats in space, which cover a wide spectrum and are rapidly evolving, mean that the USSF needs to be an “innovative, interconnected and digitally dominant force.”

To be interconnected, the USSF envisions treating its digital infrastructure as a critical asset and having high-bandwidth networks that support real-time data sharing. The document notes that Space Force wants its shared data repositories “visible and accessible to those who need it and secured against those who don’t.”

Given this operational reality and the imperative to leverage data and information even more extensively, the USSF must embrace next-generation technologies and methodologies to become a genuine digital service. Industrial-grade digitalization solutions and software, such as Siemens’s Xcelerator portfolio, are critical to enabling the USSF’s digital transformation.


Ensuring safe, secure, and reliable operations

At Space Launch Delta 45 in Florida, the USSF engages in daily, round-the-clock critical missions, such as missile warning, domain awareness, surveillance, space navigation, and launches.Therefore, Space Force looked for a trusted partner who had the expertise, experience, and technology to help the organization strengthen its security at Space Launch Delta 45 and protect its critical infrastructure.

Siemens Government Technologies (SGT) was selected to provide electronic security system maintenance and services for Space Launch Delta 45. As part of the contract, SGT will leverage smart infrastructure expertise to develop robust and capable automation, control, and electronic security solutions to support orbital vehicle launches and Eastern Range operations, which include launch activities for the USSF, Department of Defense (DoD), NASA, and other private space corporations.

Tina Dolph - CEO

“Our team at the Cape has more than 49 years of collective experience in supporting the unique needs of our Space Force customer for fire and electronic security, with thorough knowledge of the systems installed for safe, secure and reliable operations. We look forward to meeting our customers’ highest expectations for new efficiencies without compromise for safety or security, and, we have just the team in place to support the pioneering men and women who are defining our future in Space security, science and exploration.”

Tina Dolph

President and Chief Executive Officer
Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.

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SGT has an established track record of applying Siemens’ deep portfolio of building automation, utility, monitoring and control systems, and enhanced security systems at U.S. military installations around the world.

  • In May 2021, using a budget-neutral solution, SGT was awarded an ESPC to extend smart infrastructure and energy efficiency and resiliency at the Dyess Air Force Base (AFB) in Abilene, Texas. Learn more here.

  • In November 2019, SGT was awarded a seat on a $1.2 billion Army modernization contract to improve the efficiency and resilience of military infrastructure at multiple bases and command centers. Learn more here.

  • In December 2017, the U.S. Army of Corp Engineers awarded an ESPC to SGT to install, maintain and operate several energy conservation measures at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden in Germany. Learn more here.

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