The Early Warning Station

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RAF Fylingdales in North Yorkshire provides a continuous ballistic missile early warning service to the UK and US Governments, ensuring a surprise missile attack cannot succeed.

As a key element of the Space Surveillance Network, the Station is capable of tracking objects 3000 miles into space. Live tracking of satellites, including the International Space Station, is a regular occurance 365 days a year 24/7. Other objects that come within our field of view include space debris, parts of rocket bodies and old satellites no longer active. 

Approximately 320 Service Personnel, Ministry of Defence Police, and civilian staff work at RAF Fylingdales.

Every day at Fylingdales, the Early Warning Missile Base high on the North York Moors near Whitby in North Yorkshire, 5000 space objects come under the day-and-night questioning of 100-ton radar scanners. The basic function of Fylingdales is to alert the West to possible nuclear attack.

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