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Cape Cod Air Force Station

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Type  Long Range Radar Site
Built by  U.S. Government
Height  30 m
Open to the public  No
In use  1980-Present
Owner  United States Air Force
Cape Cod Air Force Station
Controlled by  21st Space Wing Peterson Air Force Base, CO
Built  Oct. 26, 1976 construction began; April 4, 1980, operations began.
Address  Flatrock Rd, Sandwich, MA 02563, USA
Occupant  6th Space Warning Squadron
Similar  North Truro Air Force Station, Clear Air Force Station, Cottonwood Air Force Station, Hutchinson Air Force Station, Kirksville Air Force Station

Cape Cod Air Force Station is a US Air Force station located in the northwest corner of Joint Base Cape Cod, United States, on Flatrock Hill in Massachusetts. It consists of one PAVE PAWS radar station and is in continuous operation.


The facility became operational April 4, 1980 as Cape Cod Missile Early Warning Station, but was renamed Cape Cod Air Force Station on January 5, 1982.

The facility became home to the 6th Space Warning Squadron after the closure of the North Truro Air Force Station in North Truro, Massachusetts.


Its main mission is to track space debris, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and submarine-launched ballistic missiles. It also tracked the spy satellite USA-193 before it was shot down. Its secondary mission is tracking Earth-orbiting objects such as the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle, any object that deviates from its known orbit, or any new orbiting objects.


  • 6th Space Warning Squadron
  • References

    Cape Cod Air Force Station Wikipedia

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