Raytheon will provide the US Air Force with the protype and design of an updated ‘space fence’. The contract is a $30 million phase A system design scheduled for completion by 2015. The defense system will use S-band radar and have the ability to detect small debris and satellites orbiting the earth.
As explained by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems’ national and theater security programs vice president Pete Franklin, “Space Fence is the future of space situational awareness. This sensor will have the capability to detect and track very small objects in low Earth orbit.”