Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The Air Force Space Command said it would begin operational use of a Boeing satellite built to monitor space debris. It's been nearly two years since the Space Based Surveillance Satellite was launched, and a problem with onboard electronics prevented its use until a fix was made. The system is the only space-based sensor capable of monitoring debris without weather or atmospheric disruptions. (Source: Reuters, 08/20/12) Gulf Coast note: The 20th Space Control Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., tracks space debris with the world's most powerful radar.