Mending the 'space fence'
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October 25th, 2012
11:49 AM ET

Mending the 'space fence'

The Air Force wants to rebuild a “fence” around Earth to keep the riff-raff out.

Sounds like a Hollywood script to counter aliens or asteroids but it's a real program the military wants to update at an estimated cost of $3.5 billion.

Just don't expect any space cowboys digging post holes and wrangling barbed wire in orbit.

The Space Fence program is a series of radar signals managed by the Air Force since the early 1960's that has been tracking an ever-growing pile of rocket and satellite parts and other man-made fragments that zoom around Earth’s vicinity at thousands of miles per hour.

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  1. Ruth Collins

    The Space Fence a large, S-band radar that will be based in Kwajalein atoll, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands–will be capable of not only detecting more objects, but also much smaller objects in low-Earth orbit.

    December 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm |

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