Block 10 of the U.S. Air Force‘s Space Based Space Surveillance satellite constellation has been designated for initial operational capability, the branch announced Monday.
Boeing and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. both worked with the Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command headquarters and the U.S. Strategic Command’s joint functional component command for space.
According to the Air Force, this satellite is the only space-based sensor in the SBSS network operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week collecting metric and space object identification data.
The SBSS satellites will provide nationwide deep space space situational awareness, said Robert Davidson, head of the Air Force Space Command’s space superiority division chief.
These atellites are designed to work in different weather conditions, times of day and atmospheres.
The Joint Space Operations Center obtains data from the satellites for marking orbiting object positions and tracking new objects and debris.
SBSS block 10 launched from Vandenberg Air Force Bbase, Calif. in September 2010 and sent its first signals to a satellite operations center at Schriever Air Force Base, Fla.