March 29, 2020 – United States House Pressure officers formally declared preliminary operational functionality and operational acceptance of the House Fence radar system, situated on Kwajalein Island within the Republic of the Marshall Islands, March 27, 2020.
House Fence supplies considerably improved house surveillance capabilities to detect and monitor orbiting objects reminiscent of industrial and navy satellites, depleted rocket boosters and house particles in low, medium, and geosynchronous Earth orbit regimes.
“House Fence is revolutionizing the way in which we view house by offering well timed, exact orbital knowledge on objects that threaten each manned and unmanned navy and industrial house property,” stated Gen. Jay Raymond, Chief of House Operations, USSF and Commander, U.S. House Command. “Our house capabilities are essential to our nationwide protection and lifestyle, which is why House Fence is so vital to boost our potential to establish, characterize and monitor threats to these programs.”
Earlier than House Fence, the House Surveillance Community (SSN) tracked greater than 26,000 objects. With the preliminary operational functionality and operational acceptance of House Fence, the catalog measurement is anticipated to extend considerably over time. Details about objects tracked by the SSN is positioned within the house catalog on www.space-track.org.
The House Fence Program Workplace (AFLCMC/HBQB) working underneath the acquisition authority of the House and Missile System Middle awarded a contract to the Lockheed Martin Co. in June 2014 to develop House Fence. This technique is probably the most delicate search radar within the SSN, able to detecting objects in orbit as small as a marble in low earth orbit (LEO).
House Fence is operated by the twentieth House Management Squadron (SPCS), Detachment 4, on the House Fence Operations Middle in Huntsville, Alabama, and supplies knowledge to the 18 SPCS situated at Vandenberg Air Pressure Base, California. The 18 SPCS makes use of the information from House Fence and different sensors throughout the SSN to keep up the house object catalog and display operational satellites, each maneuverable and non-maneuverable, towards all objects within the house catalog, which incorporates satellites, rocket our bodies and particles.
“House is now acknowledged as a congested and contested area and House Fence is the following evolution in our efforts to keep up house superiority,” stated Lt. Col. David Tipton, twentieth SPCS commander.
House Fence supplies exact positional knowledge for House Area Consciousness to keep up a strong and correct house object catalog, guarantee orbital security, and supply early warning for conjunction occasions and indications of potential threats.
Each the 18th SPCS and twentieth SPCS are a part of the twenty first House Wing, headquartered at Peterson Air Pressure Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The twenty first SW is the Division of the Air Pressure’s solely wing offering ground-based missile warning, missile protection and house surveillance knowledge in protection of North America and its allies.