New Space Fence entering commissioning phase

From: Allen Thomson via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Fri, 4 May 2018 12:46:38 +0000 (UTC)
http://spacenews.com/lockheed-martin-prepares-to-turn-on-u-s-air-force-space-fence-on-kwajalein-atoll/

Lockheed Martin prepares to turn on U.S. Air Force Space Fence on Kwajalein Atoll
by Debra Werner
May 3, 2018

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SAN FRANCISCO — In June, Lockheed Martin plans to complete integration of the U.S. Air Force Space Fence on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands and begin tracking objects, at least in a testing mode.

Full integration and testing is scheduled to begin in July as the company confirms the S-band radar array meets all contractual requirements.

“After that, we will turn it over to the Air Force for testing and trials,” said Bruce Schafhauser, Lockheed Martin Space Fence program manager.

Lockheed Martin is hoping to provide additional observations with a second Space Fence in Western Australia. The Air Force authorized Lockheed Martin to begin surveying the site for the second radar facility but has not yet allocated funding to build it.

In early 2019, the Kwajalein Space Fence is scheduled to begin initial operations.

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