New Space Fence Radar Is Officially Online

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Space Fence will be able to track objects smaller than 10 centimeters. (Courtesy of Lockheed Martin)
Space Fence will be able to track objects smaller than 10 centimeters. (Courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

May 29, 2020 | Originally published by C4ISR on March 30, 2020

The Space Force announced on March 27 operational capability of its new radar technology that can track objects smaller than 10 centimeters in space.

The system, called Space Fence, uses solid-state S-band technology to detect and track orbiting objects in space. For example, it can track commercial and military satellites, empty rocket boosters, and space debris in low, medium and geosynchronous orbit, according to a Space Force news release.

“Space Fence is revolutionizing the way we view space by providing timely, precise orbital data on objects that threaten both manned and unmanned military and commercial space assets,” said Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force and commander of U.S. Space Command. “Our space capabilities are critical to our national defense and way of life, which is why Space Fence is so important to enhance our ability to identify, characterize and track threats to those systems.”

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