Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) announced that it has submitted its proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s space fence program for tracking space debris that threaten manned space flight and satellites.
According to a company statement, space fence is a large, S-band radar that will be based in the Kwajalein atoll.
“Raytheon has partnered closely with the Air Force during the technology development phase to understand the requirements and has come up with a number of innovative solutions that will make Space Fence affordable,” said Scott Spence, Raytheon’s space fence program director.
The radar is expected to detect more and much smaller objects in low Earth orbit, providing greater accuracy and timeliness to meet space situational awareness requirements.
“Raytheon’s Space Fence solution will track more than 150,000 pieces of unaccounted space debris that threaten manned space flight and the satellites we all rely on for many critical services, including accurate weather forecasts, navigation and financial transactions,” said David Gulla, vice president of global integrated sensors in Raytheon’s integrated defense systems business.