Appendix 1 - Frequency Management and Protection…………...
Appendix 2 - Navigational Aids………………………………….
Appendix 3 - Call Sign List………………………………………
ANNEX L, SECURITY……………………………………………….
ANNEX P, REPORTS………………………………………………...
Appendix 1 - Report Forms………………………………………
ANNEX Q, MEDICAL SERVICES…………………………………..
ANNEX W, SPACE SHUTTLE - OVERVIEW……………………...
ANNEX X, EXECUTION CHECKLIST…………………………….
ANNEX Y, ACRONYMS/ABBREVIATIONS………………………
ANNEX Z, DISTRIBUTION…………………………………………
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
MANNED SPACE FLIGHT SUPPORT OFFICE
Patrick AFB FL 32925-3239
15 February 2003
DDMS CONTINGENCY FUNCPLAN 3610-03
a. National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958
b. Secretary of Defense Memorandum, 15 October 1996, Subject: Assignment of Responsibilities for the DOD Manager, Manned Space Flight Support Operations
c. Director, Joint Chiefs of Staff Memorandum, DJSM-1226-96, 16 December 1996, Subject: Assignment of Responsibilities for the DOD Manager, Manned Space Flight Support Operations
d. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction, CJCSI 3440.01B,
1 November 1999, Subject: DOD Space Shuttle Contingency Recovery Policies and Procedures (C)
e. USSPACECOM Unit Mission Directive, UMD 38-6, 13 September 1996
a. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), with department of Defense (DOD) participation, is conducting operational Space Shuttle missions. NASA has overall responsibility for conduct of the mission. The DOD, as compatible with its primary mission, and as directed by reference a., will make its resources available to assist NASA during Space Shuttle operations.
b. The Secretary of Defense has designated the DOD Manager, Manned Space Flight Support Operations, to serve as the single point of contact to receive contingency support requirements and balance individual requests for support with overall requirements for DOD support resources (references b. and c.). The DOD Manager's responsibilities include:
(1) Coordinating the development of various plans and requirements for manned space flight support operations involving use of selected DOD resources.
(2) Coordinating unique support requirements with the commanders of the combatant commands and other MAJCOM commanders responsible for providing forces and facilities to support manned space flight operations.
(3) Controlling those DOD support forces, facilities, and assets that are committed to, and actively participate in, manned space flight support operations as defined in this plan.
c. The referenced Secretary of Defense memorandum authorizes the DOD Manager direct liaison with any elements of the military departments, combatant commands, DOD agencies, and other appropriate departments and agencies of the Federal Government for matters related to manned space flight support operations.
d. The DOD Manager's Manned Space Flight Support Office (DDMS) serves as the interface between NASA and the DOD to receive, validate, coordinate, and respond to program support requirements. During mission execution, DDMS provides tactical command and control over DOD support forces, facilities, and assets.
e. IAW reference a., NASA is authorized to use, with their consent, the services, equipment, and personnel of other government agencies. In turn, NASA will support the DOD and other federal agencies in the use of services, equipment, and facilities supplied by NASA. DOD Space Shuttle support tasks include:
(1) Astronaut recovery
(2) Landing site support
(3) Coordination of airlift/sealift support
(4) Unique contingency communications support
(5) Medical support
(6) Meteorological services
(7) News media support/public affairs
(8) Orbiter/payload security
(9) Solid rocket booster (SRB) recovery support
(10) Salvage support
(11) Other services and activities from DOD resources as required to achieve mission objectives
2. Mission. When directed by the DOD Manager, assigned DOD forces will augment NASA pre-launch contingency efforts through limited deployment and heightened fire/crash/rescue response postures at specific emergency landing sites in preparation for possible Space Shuttle emergencies. Upon NASA declaration of a contingency, the DOD Manager will direct or coordinate appropriate support for astronaut search and rescue, contingency site security, initial medical treatment, evacuation operations, and prepare for follow-on turnaround operations. Turnaround operations are addressed in the DOD Manager’s Space Shuttle Support Turnaround Functional Plan 3611-XX.
a. NASA directs Space Shuttle mission operations from the Launch Control Center (LCC) at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, or the Mission Control Center (MCC) at Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, Texas. Should DOD support be needed during the mission, NASA managers will request assistance through DDMS. DDMS coordinates the required support and controls DOD support activities through the DOD Support Operations Center (SOC) Director at Patrick AFB, Florida.
b. To be responsive to real time contingencies that may occur during the launch and landing phases of the mission, DOD forces will preposition at mission specific locations to support rescue recovery operations. Additionally, specific DOD installations and civilian airfields throughout the world have been identified as emergency landing sites. They provide an orbiter landing site should a situation develop which prevents landing at a planned site. NASA will identify the need for contingency response options, and participating DOD organizations will respond in accordance with this and locally prepared plans.
c. Participating DOD organizations will be prepared to provide required logistical support or execute preplanned contingency/emergency response operations. This plan includes specific support requirements, concepts, and reporting procedures for each functional area. Annex X includes an execution checklist.
4. Logistics and Administration.
a. DOD operations for the Space Shuttle Program are assigned Force Activity Designator (FAD) II. Individual services and tasked organizations will assign appropriate priorities. Parent commands will provide logistic support required by individual organizations. Annex D identifies logistical support provided to NASA by the DOD.
b. Administrative actions for DOD forces committed to this mission will be provided through normal parent command channels. Route administrative correspondence pertaining to Space Shuttle support operations to DDMS, Patrick AFB, Florida. After execution of this plan, route message traffic in accordance with Annex K.
c. Commanders of organizations directly supporting this planwill develop operations plans/procedures which support the identified requirements. These plans will be sent to DDMS, Patrick AFB FL for review. DDMS will also be put on distribution for two copies of the final supporting plan.
d. Participating organizations tasked in this document will estimate reimbursable support costs and forward estimates to DDMS for use in developing budgets with NASA. Units that
receive NASA funds must be prepared to show accountability of these funds when requested by DDMS. Process requests for funds and billing in accordance with Annex D. DDMS will review and coordinate requests prior to obligation of funds.
5. Command and Signal.
a. Effective support to the Space Shuttle Program requires clearly defined responsibilities and close coordination between NASA and supporting DOD organizations. See Annex J.
b. The overall responsibility for Space Shuttle mission activities rests with NASA. To carry out these responsibilities, NASA management has:
(1) Designated KSC as the center responsible for prelaunch, launch, and post-landing activities after flight crew egress or orbiter complete power down, whichever occurs first.
(2) Designated JSC as the center responsible for the conduct of all flight operations, and post-landing operations through landing rollout to flight crew egress.
c. During the active phase of Space Shuttle missions, the DOD Manager or a designated representative will exercise tactical control over the DOD support forces, facilities, and assets which are committed to, and actively participate in, Space Shuttle contingency operations.
d. Command and control elements for DOD Space Shuttle support at the operating level will be established in accordance with the provisions of this plan. Dedicated DOD forces will initially respond to DOD SOC direction in accordance with prearranged plans and procedures. While at the scene, participating DOD support forces will be under the tactical control of the appropriate on-scene/deployed forces commander.
e. The DOD Manager will implement this plan with an operation order (OPORD) approximately 45 days prior to the scheduled launch date. Upon execution, this plan becomes the DOD Manager's Space Shuttle Contingency Support Force Prepositioning Order in support of the specific mission. Upon receipt of the Force Prepositioning Order, each tasked organization will review its capability to support specific mission requirements and report to the DOD Manager in accordance with Annex P. Supplementary guidance, information, and/or changes will be identified in fragmentary (FRAG) orders to the OPORD or DDMS Force Prepositioning Order.
f. Maximum practical use will be made of existing DOD and NASA communications resources in order to satisfy the Space Shuttle support operations requirements identified in this plan. Additional communications capabilities may be established to fulfill overall communications requirements (See Annex K). However, any efforts which require NASA reimbursable funding must be validated by DDMS.
6. Tasks and Responsibilities of Participating Forces. The following commands, departments and agencies are tasked to fill these requirements which satisfy NASA requests for DOD shuttle support after validation by DDMS. In the event of an actual shuttle contingency, DDMS may levy additional requirements on supporting commands which have not been foreseen in the course of the planning process. This section is organized into the following sections: combatant commands and components, military departments, DOD agencies, and the Department of Homeland Security. Subordinate command taskings are listed under their primary command authority.
a. Combatant commands and their components.
(1) The Commander, United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) will, upon receipt of the DDMS Force Prepositioning Order, provide resources from Air Combat Command, Forces Command, and the Atlantic Fleet (to include Marine Forces Atlantic) to support DOD commitments to the Space Shuttle Program.
(a) Commander, Air Combat Command (ACC) responsibilities:
1. Provide 18 pararescue specialists (PJs) qualified in Rigging-Alternate Method Zodiac (RAMZ) deployments and trained as emergency medical technicians. PJs will support transoceanic abort landing (TAL) site medical, and search and rescue (SAR) operations in both a land and open ocean environment. Land SAR includes those regions within 50 nautical miles of a TAL site. Nine PJs will deploy to each of two TAL sites. See Annex C.
2. On receipt of the DDMS Force Prepositioning Order, task the 49th Fighter Wing (49 FW), Holloman AFB, New Mexico, to support a shuttle abort-once-around (AOA) landing at White Sands Space Harbor and alert the 65th Air Base Wing (65 ABW), Lajes AB, Azores, to fill launch abort site requirements IAW this plan. See Annex C.
3. Commander, 49th Fighter Wing (49 FW), Holloman AFB, New Mexico, responsibilities:
a. Support a shuttle AOA landing at White Sands Space Harbor (WSSH). WSSH is designated the primary AOA site for all 57º "high inclination" launches. Given 24 hours notice, WSSH could provide EOM support or become prime AOA for other inclinations. The 49 FW will support the daily on-orbit primary landing site (PLS) requirements. See Annex C.
b. Appoint an Airfield Support Coordination Officer (ASCO) to serve as the single base point of contact for coordination of shuttle contingency support. The ASCO will interface with and advise the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) staff on contingency matters. See Annex C.
c. Appoint an on-scene commander (OSC) to direct the DOD contingency response force. Specific responsibilities are outlined in Annex C.
d. Direct the 49th Medical Group Commander to appoint an Emergency Medical Services System (EMSS) coordinator to facilitate medical operations at WSSH. The Chief of Aeromedical Services will serve as backup EMSS coordinator for WSSH. See Annex Q.
e. Provide a mobile command post for WSSH and remote communications.
f. Provide contingency forces to support a WSSH shuttle landing. Rescue forces will include fire/crash/rescue personnel trained in orbiter rescue procedures. See Annex C.
g. Provide shuttle security for the first 24 hours after a landing at WSSH. Coordinate follow-on security with WSMR. Security requirements are outlined in Annex L.
h. Provide two radio-equipped ambulances (with drivers) and four emergency medical technicians to support medical transportation requirements.
i. Provide one trained flight surgeon per MEDEVAC helicopter to support emergency medical operations. See Annex Q.
j. Augment and support WSMR/Public Affairs. See Annex F.
k. Support weather forecasting requirements for landing and ferry operations. See Annex H.
l. Support communications and navigational aid requirements IAW Annex K.
m. Provide a minimum of three major pieces of fire fighting apparatus for fire suppression, and a rescue/utility vehicle for orbiter crew rescue. See Annex C.
n. Coordinate mission/exercise support requirements/schedules with DOD units supplying helicopter support for transport and MEDEVAC requirements at WSSH.
4. Provide mobile communications and navigational aids equipment as required.
The Commander, Forces Command (COMFORSCOM) will provide helicopters, as necessary, to supplement White Sands Missile Range and Edwards AFB shuttle contingency requirements.
The Commander, United States Atlantic Fleet (USLANTFLT) will provide the following assets to support Space Shuttle launch operations from Kennedy Space Center:
1. Preposition a naval ship of opportunity with embarked helicopter at the designated mission support position to support ocean search and rescue (SAR) operations. See Annex C.
Provide two alert E-2C aircraft and crews. One of these two aircraft will be staged at Patrick AFB (on alert at launch minus 30 minutes) while the other back-up/relief E-2C is at home base (NAS Norfolk or NAS Atlanta) and able to launch within 1 hour of notification. E-2Cs will provide: airborne radar surveillance, aircraft vectoring, communication relay services, and assistance to the on-scene commander as required. See Annex C.
3. Provide P-3C aircraft, and crews, to support mid ocean SAR operations. Designated aircraft will maintain a "Ready 1" alert from home station. See Annex C.
4. Through Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville (FACSFACJAX), provide initial radar vectoring for search and recovery forces. FACSFACJAX may be requested to divert aircraft and ships in the Jacksonville fleet operating/warning areas.
5. For "high inclination" shuttle launches, activate NAS Oceana and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point as shuttle launch abort emergency landing sites. Activate NAS Keflavik for 57 degree inclination launches.
(d) The Commander, United States Marine Forces Atlantic (USMARFORLANT) will provide a KC-130 aircraft, and crew, to serve as a tanker/SAR platform during a launch contingency. The tanker will preposition at Patrick AFB.
(2) The Commander, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) will prepare to support ground turnaround operations if the shuttle lands at an ELS in his Area of Responsibility (King Khalid International, Saudi Arabia). See Functional Plan 3611-XX.
(3) The Commander, United States European Command (USEUCOM) through its executive agent for Space Shuttle Support, USAFE, will alert units at the bases designated as shuttle launch abort/Transoceanic Abort Landing (TAL) sites to prepare shuttle contingency support upon receipt of the DDMS Force Prepositioning Order. For "high inclination" shuttle launches, RAF Fairford may be designated a launch abort emergency landing site. USEUCOM will support TAL requirements at Zaragoza and Moron ABs, Spain, and Ben Guerir, Morocco. See Annex C. In particular, USEUCOM will:
(a) Deploy C-12/C-21 aircraft and crews in support of TAL weather requirements. See Annex C.
(b) Maintain responsibility for extended SAR through the 32nd Air Operations Group (32 AOG), Ramstein AB, Germany, with support from the DOD Support Operations Center (SOC) at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
(c) Provide medical personnel and equipment to deploy in-theater in support of TAL site medical requirements. Specific requirements are identified in Annex Q.
(e) Support communication, air navigation aids and radio interference protection IAW Annex K.
(f) Commander, United States Air Forces Europe (USAFE) responsibilities:
1. Provide a C-130 aircraft at two of the three mission-designated TAL sites for three possible Space Shuttle contingency support missions: SAR, MEDEVAC, and airlift. Both aircrews must be airdrop qualified for the SAR mission and arrive configured to perform an open-ocean SAR and airdrop of Pararescue personnel and equipment. If an astronaut MEDEVAC is required, the crew must be prepared to quickly reconfigure the aircraft for a MEDEVAC and fly as directed by the DDMS Deployed Forces Commander (DFC). The aircraft must also be prepared to reconfigure for the airlift of personnel and equipment as directed by the DDMS DFC. See Annex C.
2. Support NASA/contractor operations at Moron Air Base and Zaragoza Air Base TAL sites. Support requirements are identified in Annexes C, D, K, and Q.
3. Provide F/C/R personnel trained in orbiter rescue procedures to TAL sites outlined in Annex C.
4. Commander, 496th Air Base Squadron (496 ABS), Moron AB, Spain, will:
a. Appoint an Airfield Support Coordination Officer (ASCO) to serve as the single base point of contact for coordination of shuttle contingency support. Specific responsibilities are outlined in Annex C.
Appoint an on-scene commander (OSC) to direct the DOD contingency response force. Specific responsibilities are outlined in Annex C.
Coordinate airspace clearance and runway closures with appropriate authorities. Typical airspace clearance limits are identified in Annex C, Appendix 1, Tab A.
Provide airfield control tower access to the NASA Ground Operations Manager (GOM), DDMS DFC, and on-site astronaut representative (TALCOM), if not airborne, during a landing at Moron AB. TALCOM requires use of tower communication to pass information to the orbiter crew.
Support communications and navigation aid requirements IAW Annex K.
Provide contractor support for installation of shuttle unique landing aids and Shuttle Orbiter Arresting System (SOAS).
Provide a minimum of three major pieces of fire fighting apparatus for fire suppression, and a rescue/utility vehicle for orbiter crew rescue. See Annex C.
Provide security support for the shuttle until arrival of the NASA Rapid Response Team (RRT), approximately 24 hours after the landing. Orbiter security requirements are outlined in Annex L.
When directed, provide a security representative, fluent in Spanish, to support security activities at Zaragoza AB.
Provide photographic support as outlined in Annex D.
(g) Commander, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany will provide logistic support in the form of dedicated storage, maintenance, and rigging capability for NASA-provided Zodiac rafts, parachutes, and other related equipment.
(h) Commander, United States Naval Forces, Europe (USNAVEUR) responsibilities:
Provide medical support as required for Transatlantic Abort Landing (TAL) sites at Zaragoza AB and Moron AB, Spain.
Provide TACAN support at Rota AB, Spain as backup for Moron AB TAL contingency.
(4) Commander, United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) responsibilities:
Provide necessary communication, air navigation aid, radio frequency monitoring and interference protection IAW Annex K.
Alert NSF Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory; Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Wake Island, Yokota AB, Japan; Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; or Andersen AFB, Guam, to fill the requirements for an emergency landing site (ELS). See Annex C.
(5) Commander, United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) responsibilities:
USSTRATCOM staff will provide the following support:
Director, USSTRATCOM Public Affairs is designated the DOD Manager's Advisor for Public Affairs IAW Annex F.
J36P, Future Operations Branch, will develop contingency plans and provide training to the crisis response cell.
J36S will provide a representative in the DOD Support Operation Center during Space Shuttle launches and maintain checklists for contingency operations.
J4X, Logistics Plans, will provide Joint Operational Planning and Execution System (JOPES) and other logistics support.
Maintain the Memorandum of Agreement with NASA Johnson Space Center for DOD support of space defense and Space Shuttle operations.
Commander, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) responsibilities:
Director of Security Forces, AFSPC (AFSPC/SF) is designated the DOD Manager's Advisor for Security. See Annex L.
Deploy weather personnel, trained in shuttle unique operations, to support TAL weather requirements. See Annex H.
Provide a qualified weather officer to travel with the team ferrying an orbiter to coordinate inflight and ground weather support. See Annex H.
Commander, 30th Space Wing (30 SW), Vandenberg AFB, California,will provide one helicopter to support security operations at Edwards AFB.Additional communication support requirements are identified in Annex K.
Commander, 45th Space Wing (45 SW), Patrick AFB, Florida, responsibilities:
45 SW Chief of Public Affairs is designated the DOD Manned Space Flight Support Office Assistant for Public Affairs. See Annex F.
Commander, 45th Weather Squadron (45 WS) serves as the Advisor for Meteorology to the Commander USSTRATCOM in his role as the DOD Manager, Manned Space Flight Support Operations. Additionally, he/she is designated the DOD Manned Space Flight Support Office Assistant for Weather. The 45 WS/CC directs weather support which includes, but is not limited to, launch support, development of search and rescue forecasts (SARF), and ferry flight weather forecasting. Deploy weather personnel, trained in shuttle unique operations, to support TAL weather requirements. See Annex H.
Commander, 45th Medical Group (45 MDG), provides the DOD Manned Space Flight Support Office Assistant for Bioastronautics. This involves, among other requirements, coordinating personnel and equipment for supporting shuttle launches and landings at Kennedy Space Center and the TAL sites. See Annex Q.
Provide range resources (i.e., radar, optical tracking, aircraft, communications, personnel, etc.) to support a contingency response. Support communications, air navigation aid, and radio frequency interference protection requirements outlined in Annex K.
(6) Commander, United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) responsibilities:
Assist Air Mobility Command (AMC), and Military Sealift Command (MSC) in developing supporting plans. Plans should allow for short notice tasking.
Commander, Air Mobility Command (AMC) responsibilities:
On receipt of the DDMS Force Prepositioning Order, fill the launch abort site requirements IAW this plan and provide two SAAM aircraft (scheduled by NASA), one for the NASA Rapid Response Team (RRT)/TALCE and one for crew return (if required). The first aircraft will be used to carry the RRT and the McGuire AFB advanced TALCE team (provided by AMC) and will arrive at the abort site within 24 hours of notification. The second will be scheduled as needed for contingency return of the crew if the NASA C-135 is not available. The SAAM alert aircraft will be on alert from launch minus 30 minutes until the window passes for making a Transoceanic Abort Landing (approximately launch plus 10 minutes). To support on-orbit contingencies after launch, the DOD Bravo alert aircraft, or other available aircraft, will be requested. See DDMS Turnaround FUNCPLAN 3611-XX for composition of the NASA RRT.
Support shuttle turnaround operations. See DDMS Turnaround FUNCPLAN
(c) Commander, Military Sealift Command (MSC) will provide DDMS the name and location of the fast sealift ship tasked to support shuttle turnaround operations. Information is needed not later than launch minus 7 days. The ship must be available for onload within 6 days of notification, and capable of offloading at the POD within 20 days. See DDMS Turnaround FUNCPLAN 3611-XX.
(7) DOD Landing Site Commander responsibilities:
Develop formal plans to respond to a shuttle landing at your base of responsibility. Checklists and procedures should treat the orbiter landing as similar to any large aircraft declaring an emergency landing, but should take into consideration the toxic orbiter propellants.
Appoint an Airfield Support Coordination Officer (ASCO) to serve as the single base point of contact for coordination of shuttle contingency support. Specific responsibilities are found in Annex C.
Coordinate local airspace/runway closure procedures to support a shuttle landing. Dedicate the assigned shuttle landing runway as "orbiter use only," per Annex C.
Alert local search and rescue (SAR) forces to a planned shuttle landing. Establish an increased local SAR posture if possible.
When available, provide a minimum of three major pieces of fire fighting apparatus for fire suppression and a rescue/utility vehicle.
Provide initial security of the orbiter until arrival of the NASA Rapid Response Team. Requirements are outlined in Annex L.
Identify limitations in runway, TACAN, or response capabilities to DDMS, NLT launch minus 7 days.
Submit status reports to the DDMS Support Operations Center (SOC), as outlined in Annex P.
Additional base requirements may be listed under individual base responsibilities.
b. Military departments.
(1) Department of the Air Force will support taskings levied on AF Materiel Command, the Logistics Management Agency, and Air Force Technical Applications Center.
(a) Commander, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) responsibilities:
1. Through the Commander, Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) will:
When directed by the DDMS Force Prepositioning Order, activate Edwards AFB as an augmented landing site (ALS). Edwards AFB may be tasked to support shuttle abort-once-around (AOA), on-orbit primary landing site (PLS), and/or end-of-mission (EOM) landing requirements. See Annex C.
Appoint a Contingency Coordinator to serve as the single base point of contact for coordination of shuttle contingency support. Specific responsibilities are outlined in Annex C.
Appoint an on-scene commander (OSC) to direct the DOD contingency response force. The OSC will occupy a position in the NASA convoy command vehicle. Specific responsibilities are outlined in Annex C.
Provide contingency response forces to support a shuttle landing at Edwards AFB. Rescue forces will include fire/crash/rescue personnel trained in orbiter rescue procedures. See Annex C.
Coordinate mission/exercise support requirements/schedules with DOD units supplying helicopter support for transport and MEDEVAC requirements at Edwards AFB.
Coordinate security requirements with necessary range activities. Orbiter security requirements must be conducted in accordance with procedures outlined in Annex L.
Provide two radio-equipped ambulances (with drivers), four emergency medical technicians, and one flight surgeon dedicated to each MEDEVAC helicopter. See Annex Q.
Provide public affairs media liaison and logistical support to the NASA PA staff. See Annex F.
Support weather forecasting requirements for AOA and ferry flight operations. See Annex H.
Support communications and aircraft navigational aid requirements IAW Annex K.
Coordinate necessary airspace clearance and runway closures with appropriate FAA, NASA, and base airfield management. Typical airspace clearance limits are identified in Annex C, Appendix 1, Tab A.
Provide a minimum of three major pieces of fire fighting apparatus for fire suppression and a rescue/utility vehicle for orbiter crew rescue.
Provide a mobile command post to provide backup communications for local and remote areas.
The Commander, Air Force Weather Agency will generate computer flight plans for the shuttle carrier aircraft. See Annex H.
The Commander, Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) will:
Provide an HC-130 and rescue crew, with a minimum of six PJs qualified in RAMZ deployments and trained as emergency medical technicians, to support shuttle launch requirements at Patrick AFB, Florida. Aircraft will support helicopter air refueling, launch site to TAL site search and rescue, and medical evacuation. See Annex C.
Provide enough air-refuelable helicopters to conduct astronaut recovery and MEDEVAC operations at Kennedy Space Center. The number of aircraft is based on shuttle crew size (maximum of seven astronauts for launch/eight for landing). Crews must be qualified in both day and night rescue procedures. Helicopter requirements will include one backup spare if available. See Annexes C and K. NOTE: These same aircraft may be tasked to support MEDEVAC and/or fire/crash/rescue contingencies.
Ensure life support equipment stored at Ramstein AB is maintained and inspected to support all Space Shuttle launches. This includes personal life support equipment for 18 pararescuemen and aircraft operations.
(2) Department of the Army will, through Health Services Command, provide physicians and emergency medical technicians to fill CONUS requirements. See Annex Q.
Operations conducted within the boundaries of WSMR. The DOD Manager exercises tactical control of the participating response forces through the SOC to the Commander, 49 FW, Holloman AFB, New Mexico, or his designated representative (on-scene commander) until the contingency is resolved.
Identify a WSMR representative to interface with DDMS and WSSH contingency coordinator on matters pertaining to shuttle support. See Annex C.
Provide sufficient helicopters to support WSSH security, transport, and MEDEVAC requirements. The helicopters will support WSSH on-scene commander requirements.
Provide range support, coordinate airspace clearance, airspace management vectoring assistance, and runway dedication in the event of a shuttle landing at WSSH. This includes air traffic control advisories for aircraft supporting contingency operations.
Support communications and air navigation aid requirements. Support includes providing and configuring communications consoles at WSMR (Building 300) and Holloman AFB (King 1). WSMR will provide remote communications to support operations. See Annex K.
Perimeter security is the responsibility of WSMR. Provide security around the orbiter starting 24 hours after landing (security during the first 24 hours is provided by Holloman AFB). See Annex L.
Provide liaison and logistic support to NASA PA staff IAW Annex F.
(b) Army Air Operations Directorate, provide the on-scene commander sufficient helicopters to meet shuttle support operations at White Sands Missile Range given 24 hours advance notification. Aircraft must be capable of UHF/VHF/FM radio transmissions, and if possible, provide a separate communications transmit/receive station for use by the onboard flight surgeon. See Annexes C and K.
(3) Department of the Navy will, through the Naval Atlantic Meteorological and Oceanography Center, provide sea state forecast to the Eastern Range Weather Operations Center at Cape Canaveral IAW Annex H.
(a) Commander, Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, CA, through the Naval Weapons Test Squadron, will provide one helicopter for television/photographic operations on/near Edwards AFB for EOM, PLS, ELS, and shuttle exercises, when sufficient notification permits reconfiguration prior to shuttle activities.
c. DOD Agencies. The Chief, National Guard Bureau responsibilities:
(1) Provide an HC-130 and rescue crew, with a minimum of six PJs qualified in RAMZ deployments and trained as emergency medical technicians, to support shuttle launch requirements at Patrick AFB, Florida. Aircraft will support helicopter air refueling, launch area to TAL site search and rescue, and medical evacuation. See Annex C.
(2) Upon receipt of the DDMS Force Prepositioning Order for a "high inclination" shuttle launch, alert units at Atlantic City/F. S. Gabreski Airports and Otis/Pease Air National Guard Bases to fill requirements for shuttle launch abort landing sites. See Annex C.
d. Department of Homeland Security. The Commander, United States Coast Guard Seventh District (CGSEVEN) responsibilities are to provide US Coast Guard assets as defined in the Memorandum of Agreement Between the Commander, DDMS, and Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District, for Space Shuttle Launch Search and Rescue Support. Specific responsibilities are as follows:
(1) Provide a primary and assistant SAR controller to perform SAR Mission Coordinator duties in support of shuttle launch operations. Personnel will conduct initial operations from the DOD Support Operations Center (SOC), Patrick AFB, Florida.
When available, provide a fixed-wing aircraft (HU-25 or C-130) to support contingency SAR operations as directed by the DOD SOC.
If a contingency occurs after launch and when requested, release the Coast Guard Cutter/Weather Patrol Boats (WPB) from launch pad security and range clearing duties to support ocean SAR, salvage, and limited medical operations. If no other surface assets are available for contingency SAR support, and when available, dispatch an additional patrol boat (WPB) as required to relieve the Coast Guard cutter class (110 feet or equivalent) vessel so it can reposition in time to reach a designated SAR contingency mission support position (MSP) NLT L-10 minutes, approximately 40 NM from the launch pad.
e. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)/United Space Alliance (USA). The NASA and USA Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) recovery ship program managers responsibilities:
When deployed in the shuttle SRB retrieval area, provide two SRB recovery ships for Space Shuttle contingency SAR operations as directed by the DOD SOC.
When deployed in the shuttle SRB retrieval area, maintain a communications link for contingency operations with the DOD SOC via HF (or appropriate medium) at L-2 hours.
The commanding officers of the SRB retrieval ships should be prepared to support perform search and recovery operations, salvage, helicopter hoist operations, limited medical support (including decompression), and may be designated the on-scene commander for search operations.
7. Operations Security (OPSEC). OPSEC has been considered in the development of this plan. This document is UNCLASSIFIED and is For Official Use Only. Discussion of the material does not come within the scope of directives governing the protection of information affecting national security.
8. Overview. See Annex W for a Space Shuttle overview.