Lockheed Martin has won a contract to make a new ground-based radar to help the US Air Force track objects in orbit.
This is part of the Air Force’s “space fence” programme designed to track satellites and smaller objects.
The system is planned to be operational from September 2018 and could be based on the Marshall Islands in the Pacific.
The number of man-made objects in space has increased dramatically as China and other nations have expanded operations.
Currently, the Air Force tracks around 23,000 objects in space, but there are currently over 500,000 pieces of debris and satellites that the current system cannot track effectively. The new radar will allow US authorities to track them more closely.
Hopefully, this will prevent Sandra Bullock (or anyone else) from having to re-live her experiences in “Gravity.”
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