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DEL 3 Guardians showcase innovation

members of space delta 3 stand in front of the new MACE antenna holding a space force flag.

U.S. Space Force Guardians from Space Delta 3 - Space Electromagnetic Warfare, pose in front of a Giggasat FA-150 antenna, part of an experimental innovative system known as the Multiband Assessment of the Communications Environment, on Fort Carson, Colorado. MACE is designed to be a rapidly deployable, cost-effective, user friendly spectrum analysis and monitoring tool. (U.S. Space Force courtesy photo)


An innovative experimental system called the Multiband Assessment of the Communications Environment, or MACE, is being developed by members of Space Delta 3 - Space Electromagnetic Warfare, on Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado.

16th Space Control Squadron members are developing MACE as a rapidly deployable, cost-effective, user friendly spectrum analysis and monitoring squadron innovation tool. A Giggasat FA-150 antenna is used to aid in detecting and identifying electromagnetic interference.

“Due to its small size, MACE has the ability to significantly cut down on deployment timelines while increasing the ability to access challenging deployment environments,” explained U.S. Space Force Tech. Sgt. John Idleman, DEL 3, 16th SPCS mission assurance engineer. “MACE can be deployment ready in one day following ops checks, and the entire setup can be transported via a single aircraft pallet.”

The creators of MACE, Tech. Sgt. Vince Couch and Master Sgt. Robert Hicks III, said that inspiration came from various feedback sources and recommendations of 16th SPCS space operators on what they would like to see in a rapidly deployable spectrum analysis suite. The project was sponsored using delta innovation funding.

The 16th SPCS developed MACE as a potential tool to enhance the USSF’s ability to compete in strategic competition with deployable remote operations capabilities. This will allow for system control from an outside location, thereby reducing the requirement for on-site personnel and allowing spectrum analysis data to be transferred between interconnected MACE systems.

“It is truly a story of grassroots innovation at the tactical-level,” said U.S. Space Force Maj. Kevin Aneshansley, DEL 3, 16th SPCS commander of operations. “Members of the 16th SPCS worked hard to think outside the box to develop a capability which could inform defensive space electromagnetic solutions now and into the future.”

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