Air Force Space Fence
Air Force Space Fence

The Pentagon has approved plans to fund the Air Force Space Fence — a next-generation space surveillance system using ground-based radars that would significantly expand the number of objects being tracked in Earth orbit.

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have developed competing designs and prototypes for the new Space Fence. The Air Force had planned to award a prime contract for the next-generation, multibillion-dollar system this year, but funding issues, including sequestration’s across-the-board budget cuts, forced the service to postpone its selection.


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