AFOTEC's Space Test Initiative: Transforming Operational Testing and Evaluation of Space System Capabilities
AIR FORCE OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION CENTER KIRTLAND AFB NM
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Historically, the value of the operational test and evaluation OTE data has been limited during the acquisition and deployment of space systems because OTE occurs late in the process, after the satellite is orbiting in space and the ground stations are fielded, well after key acquisition decisions, investments, and critical launch decisions have already been made. This article presents the U.S. Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Centers Space Test Initiative. The Space Test Initiative delivers an OTE model that better fits the National Security Space systems acquisition model outlined in NSS 03-01 and delivers better value to both the acquisition and operational decision makers by moving OTE well before launch.
- Unmanned Spacecraft