- Downrange Primary Tracking Instrumentation
Ascension Island is a British territory located in the South Atlantic more
than 5,090 miles southeast of Patrick AFB and about 500 miles south of the
equator--halfway between South America and Africa. Small and volcanic, the
island has the appearance of a rough circle with an estimated diameter of
six miles and an area of 34 square miles.
Base population includes the station commander, a Civil Engineering quality
assurance evaluator and approximately 300 contractors. Computer Sciences
Raytheon, the prime contract authority conducts spacetrack operation, maintenance,
supply, and support operations. The only people who reside on the island
are associated with the air station or other professional organizations
such as the British Broadcasting Corporation, Consolidated Signals Organization,
Ascension Island Services, and the British Royal Air Force.