Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sequestration: Cuts to USAF 'Space Fence' Tracking Space Junk ?

File:NAVSPASUR Fence 2001.jpg

Part of the master transmitter antenna for the Air Force Space Surveillance System, colloquially known as the Space Fence, at Lake Kickapoo, Texas c.2001.
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U.S. Air Force says Space Fence program safe for now


Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:12pm EDT
(Corrects typo in date in first paragraph; earlier, in the 18th paragraph, the spelling of a general's name was corrected to McMurry)

* Lockheed, Raytheon bidding to build new radar
* Space programs vulnerable to further budget cuts
* Decisions due in coming years on new approaches

By Andrea Shalal-Esa

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force on Monday said it took steps to fully fund the first increment of a new ground-based radar to track satellites and other objects in space in its fiscal 2014 budget proposal, but there was no funding for a second site for now.

Jamie Morin, acting undersecretary of the Air Force, told reporters the Space Fence program was a priority given growing threats in space and the need to monitor activities in space.

"Space Fence is as solid as any program can be in the fiscal environment we're in right now," Morin, who also serves as the Air Force's top budget official, told reporters.

The new program will allow the Air Force to sharply increase its ability to track "space junk" and other smaller objects in space. Currently the Air Force tracks about 23,000 of an estimated 500,000 objects in space, but the new program would allow it to track hundreds of thousands of additional objects.



More - Link >>> http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/16/usa-airforce-space-idUSL2N0D300O20130416

Source: Reuters News Wire Service.

More on the U.S. Air Force Space Surveillance System, colloquially known as the Space Fence:
Link >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Fence

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How Sequestration Could Hit NASA Projects (2013 Feb. 25):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-sequestration-could-hit-nasa.html


Sequestration: NASA to Lose $1.5 Billion (2012 Sept. 16):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2012/09/sequestration-nasa-to-lose-15-billion.html


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