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Lockheed Air Force Space Fence Radar Tracking Orbiting Objects

Lockheed Air Force Space Fence Radar Tracking Orbiting Objects - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Lockheed Air Force Space Fence Radar Tracking Orbiting Objects - top government contractors - best government contracting eventA Lockheed Martin-led team has updated a radar system for the U.S. Air Force to track orbiting space objects, according to a company announcement.

The team includes General Dynamics, AT&T and AMEC.

The Bethesda, Md.-based contractor is developing technology for the U.S. Air Force’s Space Fence program, which aims to give the U.S. space station situational awareness.

The prototype radar recently met a key contract requirement demonstrating it could detect space objects and was approved by the Air Force granted on Feb. 29.

The Air Force will use ground-based radars to enhance the system’s capability to detect, track, measure and catalog space debris and orbiting objects. 

The fence will decommission the Air Force’s Space Surveillance System, installed in 1961.

Steve Bruce, Lockheed space fence program vice president, said the final design will use S-band radar that can detect smaller objects than the Air Force’s current system. 

The company developed the Space Fence prototype under an $107 million Air Force contract awarded in January 2011.  

The Air Force plans to award a Space Fence production contract in 2012 in order to bring the Space Fence sites to operational capability by 2017.

Lockheed is also working with the Air Force to launch GPS III satellites under a $21.5 million contract by 2014. 

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