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.
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.
The shutdown, ordered by Gen. William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command, also will reduce the overall capacity of the system.
The U.S. Air Force is shutting down a key part of its space surveillance network for tracking orbital debris.
Lockheed Martin and Raytheon submitted competing final proposals for building a next-generation space surveillance radar network for the U.S. Air Force, the companies announced.