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Lockheed Unveils ‘Space Fence’ Radar Hardware, Software Testing Hub in New Jersey

Lockheed Unveils 'Space Fence' Radar Hardware, Software Testing Hub in New Jersey - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Lockheed Martin BlueLockheed Martin has opened a facility in Moorestown, New Jersey, to evaluate hardware and software of a ground-based space debris monitoring infrastructure for the U.S. Air Force.

The company said Monday it built the Space Fence test center for verification of the S-band radar’s tools that are designed to help the Air Force track, detect and catalog orbital objects.

Lockheed is constructing the radar system on Kwajalein Island under a potential $915 million contract the military branch awarded in June 2014.

Bruce Schafhauser, Lockheed’s Space Fence program director, said the company has integrated an open architecture into the radar in an effort to help military users adapt to tracking missions with the technology.

The company uses gallium nitride semiconductors in the construction of Space Fence and expects the system to reach initial operating capability by late 2018.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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