Sunday, July 04, 2010

Satellite to Monitor space debris

From WSJ here.

DENVER—A new U.S. Air Force satellite will provide the first full-time, space-based surveillance of hundreds of satellites and thousands of pieces of debris that could crash into American and allied assets circling the Earth.
[spacecam0703] Associated Press

Satellite made by Ball Aerospace and Technologies; the Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite in Boulder, Colo.

If all goes as planned, the Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite, scheduled for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Thursday, will have an unobstructed, around-the-clock view of the heavy traffic in Earth orbit—something the Air Force doesn't have now.

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