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ALTAIR's central Pacific equatorial location, coupled with its high power and high sensitivity, makes it one of the most critical elements in the Space Surveillance Network.

RTS is an ideal site for observing new foreign launches; maintaining the near earth satellite catalog; and tracking and surveillance of deep space and synchronous satellites, particularly those in low inclination orbits.

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For domestic space operations, RTS is one of several tracking stations located around the globe that provides nearly continuous coverage of all manned space flight missions. Working in close cooperation with NASA, RTS has participated in numerous space experiments, providing ground radar and optical observation of experimental objects

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