Lockheed Martin has built a scaled-down version of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation space surveillance system in New Jersey. Credit: Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed Martin has built a scaled-down version of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation space surveillance system in New Jersey. Credit: Lockheed Martin.
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Rendering of part of Raytheon's Space Fence monitoring apparatus. Credit: Raytheon
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Space Fence. Credit: Lockheed Martin
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Space Fence. Credit: Lockheed Martin

Pentagon Approves Latest Air Force Space Fence Plan

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The U.S. Defense Department has signed off on Air Force plans to release a revamped request for proposals  for its delayed next-generation space surveillance system.

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William LaPlante, assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force Credit: DoD
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U.S. Air Force Anticipates More Space Fence Studies

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Amid budget uncertainty and a delayed contract award, the U.S. Air Force will ask the two companies vying to build the next-generation Space Fence to demonstrate how their competing space-object tracking system concepts would handle a range of operational scenarios.

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Gen. William Shelton said he expects a contract award for the Space Fence in April 2014. Credit: U.S. Air Force

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