Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

Lockheed Martin Opens Space Fence Test Facility
by Staff Writers
Moorestown NJ (SPX) Mar 29, 2016

The Space Fence testing facility is representative of the larger Gallium Nitride (GaN)-based system under construction on the Marshall Islands. This innovative system will transform the way the United States Air Force monitors thousands of pieces of orbital debris in space. Image courtesy Lockheed Martin.

Objects in space will soon be monitored by a radar array for the U.S. Air Force's Space Fence as part of Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) new test site representative of the larger system under construction on the remote Kwajalein Island.

The test facility will be used for early validation of hardware, firmware and software that will enable the Space Fence to detect, track, and catalog orbital objects more than 1.5 million times a day to predict and prevent space-based collisions.

The test site will also provide early lessons learned on installation of the S-band ground-based radars, support maintenance training and allow engineers to test verification procedures.

The New Jersey test site officially opened during a ceremony attended by representatives from the U.S. Air Force, local, state and federal governments, Lockheed Martin leaders and Space Fence team members.

"The opening of this test facility marks an exciting milestone for Space Fence," says Bruce Schafhauser, director, Lockheed Martin Space Fence.

"We are one step closer to dramatically improving space situational awareness and increasing orbital debris monitoring by tenfold. By using an open-architecture system, Space Fence can adapt to future missions requiring various tracking and coverage approaches."

Within the Space Fence radar design, Lockheed Martin uses the latest monolithic microwave integrated circuit technology, including Gallium Nitride (GaN) semiconductor materials.

GaN provides significant advantages for active phased array radar systems, including higher power density, greater efficiency and improved reliability over previous technologies.

Construction continues at the six-acre Space Fence site 2,100 miles southwest of Honolulu. Forty-five hundred cubic yards of concrete now form the foundation of the sensor site and the start of ring walls (left) that will support the inflatable roof permeable by RF bands.

Once construction is complete, Space Fence will be tested and validated before its Initial Operating Capability occurs in late 2018.


Related Links
Space Fence at Lockheed Martin
Space Technology News - Applications and Research

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
UA's Space Expertise Seen as Key for US Security
Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 14, 2016
With its recently launched research initiative focused on space object behavioral sciences, the University of Arizona is uniquely positioned at the forefront of a field that has implications for national security. "We can't look at space as a peaceful sanctuary any longer," said Air Force Maj. Gen. Roger Teague, who spoke Thursday on the UA campus after a panel discussion moderated by U.S. ... read more

Ancient Polar Ice Reveals Tilting of Earth's Moon

Earth's moon wandered off axis billions of years ago

Permanent Lunar Colony Possible in 10 Years

China to use data relay satellite to explore dark side of moon

Mars Express keeps watch on frosty Martian valleys

ExoMars performing flawlessly

HiRISE: 45,000 Mars Orbits and Counting

Opportunity moves to new locations to the southwest

NASA Selects American Small Business, Research Institution Projects for Continued Development

British bacon sandwich en route to ISS tastes out of this world

China regulator frowns on Anbang's hotel bids: report

Broomstick flying or red-light ping-pong? Gadgets at German fair

China's 1st space lab Tiangong-1 ends data service

China's aim to explore Mars

China to establish first commercial rocket launch company

China's ambition after space station

Unmanned Cygnus cargo ship launches to ISS on resupply run: NASA

Cargo ship reaches space station on resupply run

Cygnus Set to Deliver Its Largest Load of Station Science, Cargo

Three new members join crew of International Space Station

MHI signs H-IIA launch deal for UAE Mars mission

Launch of Dragon Spacecraft to ISS Postponed Until April

ILS and INMARSAT Agree To Future Proton Launch

Soyuz 2-1B Carrier Rocket Launched From Baikonur

Most eccentric planet ever known flashes astronomers with reflected light

VLA shows earliest stages of planet formation

VLA observes earliest stages of planet formation

NASA's K2 mission: Kepler second chance to shine

Uncovering bacterial role in platinum formation

'Invulnerable' coatings for cutting tools from gas

New way to control particle motions on 2-D materials

Saab showcases Sea Giraffe 1X air and surface naval radar

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2016 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.