Lockheed Martin Introduces Space Fence Object Test Facility with Training Assistance

By CIOReview | Tuesday, March 29, 2016
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MOORESTOWN, NJ: What’s better than tracking and monitoring space objects before starting an aerospace project! Lockheed Martin in its latest endeavor has planned to launch Space Fence test facility. The construction of this Space Fence is in progress on the remote Kwajalein Island and it will enable U.S. Air Force to detect the space objects via radar array.

 Recently, the New Jersey test site was inaugurated in a ceremony held in presence of U.S. Air Force officials, local, state and federal governments, Lockheed Martin leaders and Space Fence team members.

Space Fence testing facility will allow the detection of hardware, firmware and software that are already present in space. Additionally, this facility also warns aerospace unit against any possible space-based collisions by tracking and monitoring them. Early instructions are provided on the test site about the installation of the S-band ground-based radars. This test site assists in maintenance training and permits engineers to test the detection, tracking and catalog procedure.

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

Lockheed Martin is leveraging the upgraded monolithic microwave integrated circuit technology along with Gallium Nitride (GAN) semiconductor materials to design the Space Fence radar. GAN maximizes power density, increases efficiency and enhances the reliability of the active phased array radar systems and other technologies.

Space Fence is currently in the development stage over a site of six-acre i.e. 2100 miles southwest of Honolulu. The foundation stone of the sensor site will be processed by the forty-five hundred cubic yards of concrete and start of ring walls (left) will brace the inflatable roof permeable by RF bands. After completion Space Fence will be analyzed and approved before its Initial Operating Capability occurs in late 2018.