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The Thule Tracking Station (TTS, 76°30′57″N68°36′0″W / 76.51583°N 68.60000°W / 76.51583; -68.60000 ) is a U.S. Air Force installation in Greenland. It is near Thule Air Base and has a Remote Tracking Station (callsign: Polar Orbiting Geophysical Observatory(POGO)) of the U.S. Air Force Satellite Control Network. It was originally the classified 6594th Test Wing (Satellite)'s Operating Location 5 designated by Air Force Systems Command on October 15, 1961: the station was operational on March 30, 1962, with "transportable antenna vans parked in an old [ SAC] bomb assembly building." [1] The permanent RTS equipment was emplaced in 1964, [1] and a communications terminal was emplaced on Pingarssuit Mountain--Thule Site N-32 [2] (moved to Thule Site J in 1983. [1] TTS transferred to Detachment 3, 22nd Space Operations Squadron, in 1992 and includes a "fully equipped mini-fitness center". [1] The stations "C-side" of electronics was removed in summer 2011 and the upgrade to an Automated Remote Tracking Station is forecast to be completed in 2015.

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