space surveillance

September 1, 2018
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

President Donald Trump’s recent call for a U.S. Space Force that would potentially be on par with the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard shows a renewed recognition of the importance of space. This presidential proclamation has been met with varying responses. Regardless of one’s position on the topic, it begs for a discussion that is long overdue. The Commission to Assess U.S. National Security Space Management and Organization, often referred to as the Rumsfeld Commission, put into place more than 17 years ago a solid set of findings and recommendations on national space policy. Some of the recommendations have been adopted, while others have fallen by the wayside for a variety of reasons.

May 4, 2017
 

Harris Corp., Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded an $8,548,248 modification P00736 to previously awarded contract (FA19628-02-C-0010) for system sustainment of the Ground-based Electro Optical Deep Space Surveillance system, which provides space situational awareness data for tracking space objects. Contractor will provide sustainment services, which include weapon systems management and engineering, core sustainment for the field service teams, requirements development modeling and analysis, engineering support and technical orders support.

March 3, 2017
 

Orolia, through its McMurdo brand, was awarded a contract by the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for nationwide enhancements to search and rescue satellite technology. Enhancements will enable the MCA to operate with the new Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellites being deployed now.

October 19, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
DARPA transitioned its space surveillance telescope (SST) from an agency-led design and construction program to ownership and operation by U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), which has announced plans to operate the telescope in Australia jointly with the Australian government. SST, imaged here on its mountaintop perch at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, is redefining what telescopes can do and could revolutionize space situational awareness.

The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday inherited a next-generation telescope capable of detecting and tracking space debris with unprecedented fidelity. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, transferred to the U.S. Air Force Space Command its space surveillance telescope (SST), a revolutionary device designed to track objects in Earth’s orbit.

April 22, 2016
 

Harris Corp., formerly Exelis Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $7,526,652 modification (P00651) to previously awarded contract F19628-02-C-0010 for sustainment of the Ground-based Electro Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) weapons system. Work will be performed at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; Maui, Hawaii; Diego Garcia; and Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is expected to be complete by April 14, 2017. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $5,666,184 are being obligated at the time of award. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity (F19628-02-C-0010).

 

March 14, 2016
 

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California, is being awarded a $18,899,927 modification (P00317) to a previously awarded contract to exercise an option, increasing the total contract value from $1,839,771,625.37 to $1,858,671,552.37. Under this modification, the contractor will provide on-orbit operations and sustainment for the Space Tracking and Surveillance System. Work will be performed at the Missile Defense Space Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California.

September 28, 2015
By George I. Seffers
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 Space Fence System, including the large-scale digital radar and turn-key facility, were deemed technically mature and provided evidence that all requirements will be met through the program's critical design review (CDR) conducted by the U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor on the program, has announced. 

The Space Fence S-band radar system design will detect, track and catalog space debris more than 1.5 million times a day to predict and prevent space-based collisions. The three-day CDR featured the demonstration of a small-scale system built with end-item components that detected and tracked orbiting space objects. 

March 27, 2015
 

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a maximum $21,803,101 modification (P00308) to the previously awarded contract to provide on-orbit operations and sustainment for the Space Tracking and Surveillance System. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the cost-plus-award-fee contract to $2,386,832,669 from $2,365,029,568. Work will be performed at the Missile Defense Space Center at Colorado Springs, Colorado, and at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California, with an expected completion date of March 31, 2016.

March 17, 2015
 

Exelis Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $21,958,021 modification (P00583) to previously awarded contract F19628-02-C-0010 for Ground-based Electro-optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) Service Life Extension Project (SLEP) Phase II. Contractor will provide system service and upgrade for the GEODSS weapons systems. Work will be performed at Socorro, New Mexico; Diego Garcia; and Maui, Hawaii, and is expected to be complete by Feb. 13, 2018. Fiscal year 2013 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $6,233,194 are being obligated at the time of award.

December 8, 2014
 

The Boeing Co., Seal Beach, California, has been awarded a $12,941,460 modification (P00078) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA8819-08-C-0006 to continue logistics support, special studies and local area network sustainment. Contractor will conduct maintenance and operations services for the development and delivery of the logistics infrastructure for the Space-Based Space Surveillance Block 10 System. Work will be performed at Seal Beach, California, and is expected to be completed by June 20, 2015. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $3,322,548 are being obligated at the time of award.

July 11, 2011
By George Seffers

TT Systems Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is being awarded a nearly $8 million contract modification for system engineering integration and sustainment of ground-based missile warning, missile defense, and space surveillance sensors. Electronic Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.