New satellite to monitor debris, other satellite traffic circling Earth

07/6/2010 | Google

A new Air Force satellite, launching July 8, is expected to give the U.S. its first space-based means for monitoring hundreds of other satellites and thousands of pieces of debris that pose the risk of crashing into valuable American assets in Earth orbit. A ground-based network of radar and optical telescopes is currently used around the world to monitor about 1,000 active satellites and 20,000 pieces of debris, but the Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite will provide a clear view of deep space, unaffected by weather or daylight.

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