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.
The first site for a U.S. Air Force next-generation space surveillance radar network will be located on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, a senior service official said.