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2014-06-03 16:20:52

MOORESTOWN, N.J., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a $914 million contract to improve the way objects are tracked in space and increase our ability to prevent space-based collisions. Lockheed Martin's Space Fence solution, an advanced ground-based radar system, will enhance the way the U.S. detects, catalogs and measures more than 200,000 orbiting objects. With better timeliness and improved surveillance coverage, the system will...

Air Force's 'Neighborhood Watch' Program Will Spy On Other Countries
2014-02-24 13:38:00

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online General William Shelton said at the Air Force Association meeting in Orlando on Friday that the US will be launching satellites to spy on other countries. The head of Air Force Space Command said at the event that the “neighborhood watch program” will provide spying capabilities, as well as added eyes in the sky to keep track of space debris while orbiting 22,300 miles above the Earth. Shelton said the satellites will be used to...

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2014-01-23 05:09:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California have developed and tested a series of ground-based mini-satellites that will be used to help control traffic in space. These so-called “space cops” were used by the LLNL team to capture a series of six images over a 60-hour period to prove that they can be used to alter the orbit of other probes traveling in low-earth orbit. The plan is to use the...

2014-01-09 08:22:03

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) will continue tracking and sharing data on orbiting space assets and debris through a $3.9 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. Under this contract, Lockheed Martin will continue to develop the Non-Traditional Data Pre-Processor (NDPP) under the Integrated Space Command and Control (ISC2) contract. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110419/PH85737LOGO-b) ISC2 is...

Threat Of Space Debris On Human Spacecraft
2013-09-28 08:25:22

NASA More than 500,000 pieces of debris, or “space junk,” are tracked as they orbit the Earth. They all travel at speeds up to 17,500 mph, fast enough for a relatively small piece of orbital debris to damage a satellite or a spacecraft. The rising population of space debris increases the potential danger to all space vehicles, but especially to the International Space Station, space shuttles and other spacecraft with humans aboard. NASA takes the threat of collisions with space...

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2011-06-29 05:00:00

Space agency officials report that the International Space Station (ISS) had a close call on Tuesday with a piece of space debris. According to Reuters, NASA said the object rushed towards the ISS, missing the orbiting lab by just 820 feet.  The agency said the crew moved to shelter inside two Soyuz spacecraft 18 minutes before it was expected to pass. NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz said the size of the space junk remains "undetermined" and no harm was done by its...

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2011-02-09 05:00:00

U.S. and French defense leaders agreed on Tuesday to help track space debris and avoid collisions of vital satellites. The accord reflects a new U.S. space security policy that calls for forging an alliance of foreign partners to save costs and counter possible threats to satellites that reinforce U.S. military's high-tech weaponry. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said at a joint press conference with his French counterpart, Alain Juppe, that with a growing number of countries operating...


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