[Satellite TODAY 07-06-10] The U.S. Air Force
will launch its Space-Based Surveillance System (SBSS) satellite July 9 from the Vandenberg Air Force base in California, the Air Force confirmed July 5.
SBSS aims to provide the Air Force with the capability to detect man-made hazardous objects from a geosynchronous orbit in space by tracking them once every 24 hours, rather than with ground-based radars and optical sensors. The Air Force said the need for space situational awareness was driven by the February 2009 collision of a defunct Russian satellite and an operational Iridium spacecraft in low Earth orbit. Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp
. designed and built the $500 million satellite for prime contractor Boeing Co.
under a contract issued to the manufacturer in 2004. Boeing developed and will maintain the ground segment, with operations at Schriever Air Force Base and the 50th Space Wing in Colorado.
Raytheon to Develop Space Situational Awareness Prototype Satellite Today October 27, 2009[Satellite TODAY 10-27-09] Raytheon received a $3 million award from the U.S. Air Force Space Command to develop an enterprise sensing prototype architecture for space situational awareness (ESP-SSA), the company announced Oct. 26.
Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) Completes Program SMD Report June 22, 2009The Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system completed integration and testing of the space segment, The Boeing Co. [BA] announced. Initial testing of the ground segments also was completed. This means space vehicle and ground segments meet...
SBSS Operations Center Hardware Installed Satellite Today April 24, 2008[Satellite Today 4-24-08] Boeing Co. has installed the hardware for its Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) systems satellite operations center, the company announced April 24. The center is the operational command and control system for...