Cooper overhauling Space Force gen-sets

By Mike Brezonick13 September 2022

Cooper Machinery Services (Cooper), LLC, a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, has been awarded a contract by the United States Space Force (USSF) to overhaul two of the six Enterprise R3 backup engine-generator sets stationed inside the Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station in Colorado.

Enterprise R3 generator set Cooper Machinery Services will overhaul two of the six Enterprise R3 backup generator sets used by the U.S. Space Force at its Cheyenne Mountain facility. (Photo: Cooper Machinery Services)

The Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station supports U.S. Space Command’s Missile Warning Center and strategic warning/survivable capabilities while providing a ready alternative operating location for NORAD’s command center.

The six Cooper Enterprise R3 diesel engines are each rated 2485 hp (1827 kW) and are used to drive Electric Products (now part of Parsons Peebles) alternators that deliver 1750 kWe to serve as power backup for the mountain’s critical functions.

Along with overhauling the engines, Cooper Machinery Services will rewind the alternators and install new Allen Bradley-based controls to replace the existing control panels. The overhaul project will run through 2023.

“The U.S. military has turned to Cooper Machinery Services for over eighty years to provide quality diesel engines, parts, repairs, and service solutions for marine propulsion and stationary power generation,” said Cooper CEO, John Sargent. “In those eight decades, this is one of the most mission-critical projects Cooper has ever executed and we are truly honored to have been chosen by the USSF.

“Whether they are aware of it or not, every American owes a debt of gratitude to the Space Force for the functions performed at the Cheyenne Mountain Station. Cooper knows this and will go above and beyond the call of duty to provide the USSF the very best products and services we can deliver.”

Along with the overhaul project, an engineering study and the overhaul and upgrade of the remaining engines is slated to commence in 2023 and 2024.

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