The U.S. Air Force will collaborate with its counterpart in Canada on a proposal for the upcoming Space Based Space Surveillance follow-on mission that will work to monitor the geosynchronous-orbit belt, Space News reported Wednesday.
The proposal will be designed to help the program stay within the Defense Department‘s $400 million price threshold by allowing Canada to contribute additional satellites or sensors, Mike Gruss writes.
The Air Force is scheduled to release a formal solicitation for the SBSS follow-on mission by October, with the award of a fixed-price contract scheduled by late 2017, the report said.
The geosynchronous-orbit belt is approximately 22,400 miles above the equator and hosts the Defense Department‘s missile warning and nuclear command-and-control satellites.
Gruss writes the U.S. and Canada have previously worked on other national security space programs.