U.S. Air Force Awards $30 Million Space Fence Contract to Lockheed Martin
[Satellite Today 07-01-09] The U.S. Air Force awarded a $30 million contract to Lockheed Martin to begin concept development for Space Fence, a system of land-based S-band radars supporting operations centers that detects and reports objects and debris orbiting the Earth, Lockheed Martin announced June 30.
Â Â Â Lockheed Martinâ€™s team, which includes General Dynamics, AT&T and AMEC, will develop potential system configurations. The contract also includes site and facility surveys as well as planning and development of net-centric approaches to integrate with the existing architecture of the Space Surveillance Network.
Â Â Â â€œSpace Fence will provide a fully-integrated, net-centric radar system of systems that will allow information to be shared on the global information grid with space operators across the community,â€ Carl Bannar, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martinâ€™s radar business, said in a statement.