Updated: Jan 2017

Specialty Summary

1C6X1 Space Systems Operations Duties: Manages or performs duties in space control, space force enhancement, and space force support.

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51-100 Days - Vandenburg AFB


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Total: 1076

For Entry Into This Specialty


Electrical: 70


40 lbs

  • Normal color vision.
  • Specialty requires routine access to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) or similar environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Detects, identifies, and maintains orbital parameters on earth satellite vehicles using optical and radar sensors.

Protects friendly satellite communications and disrupts adversary satellite communications by operating defensive and offensive space control systems.

Detects and tracks missile launches using a variety of ground and space-based sensors. Forwards information to appropriate command and control agencies.

Plans and executes satellite contacts, resolves emergencies, and performs satellite commanding during launch, early orbit, daily operations, and end-of-life testing. Performs launch and on-orbit operations for military satellites.

Performs range operations in support of ballistic missile and space launches and aeronautical tests to fulfill war fighting and national requirements for DoD, NASA, and commercial users.

Performs command and control functions at numerous C2 agencies such as the Joint Space Operations Center, regional Joint and Combined Air and Space Operations Centers, National Reconnaissance Operations Center, Missile Warning Center, and NORAD/USNORTHCOM Command Center.

Ensures operational effectiveness and suitability of space capabilities through operational testing and evaluation.

Replicates adversary space capabilities to improve combat training and increase awareness of threats from space.

Specialty Qualifications

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of the following: Satellite C2 and principles of space and ground segments; space warning and control systems; range operations; orbital mechanics; data analysis procedures; sensor theory; data transmission, receiving, recording, and relaying theory; and administrative practices.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with coursework in algebra is required.

Training. For award of AFSC 1C631, completion of an AFSC-awarding initial skills training (IST) course in space systems operations is mandatory. Airmen assigned to units/systems for which there is no AFSC-awarding IST course must complete an alternative 1C6X1 IST course as determined by the MAJCOM Functional Manager and AFCFM.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

  • 1C651. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C631, completion of 1C651 Career Development Course, 1 year of experience in a 1C6X1 position, and positional certification per applicable MAJCOM policy.
  • 1C671. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C651. Also, experience performing or supervising space systems operations functions and activities.
  • 1C691. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C671. Also, experience managing space systems operations activities.

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