U.S. Air Force’s next space surveillance system on target for 2021

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    U.S. Air Force’s next space surveillance system on target for 2021

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    The current SBSS satellite, the Block 10 pathfinder, was launched in 2010 and performs its mission from a sun-synchronous, low Earth orbit. A follow-on system is scheduled to launch in 2021. Credit: Boeing

    by Mike Gruss — July 25, 2016

    WASHINGTON – After telling Congress it needed $11.5 million less than it expected this year for an upcoming space surveillance mission, the U.S. Air Force said July 22 it still plans to launch the next Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system in 2021.

    The current SBSS satellite, the Block 10 pathfinder, was launched in 2010 and is expected to last until about 2020, according to budget documents.

    SBSS keeps tabs on the geosynchronous orbital belt, which is located some 36,000 kilometers above the equator and is home to the Air Force’s most critical satellites. As a result, U.S. defense and other government officials, claiming space capabilities are increasingly threatened by Russia and China, have placed a high priority on the SBSS program.


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