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General Dynamics C4 Systems subsidiary SATCOM Technologies has bagged a contract from defense equipment giant Lockheed Martin to design and build the ground structures for the U. S. Air Force Space Fence program.
The ground structures to be created by SATCOM Technologies will house the Space Fence radar elements along with some other operations related to the country's Space Fence system.
The new high-tech ground-based radar system will enable the U. S. to more competently detect and track more than 100,000 space orbiting objects. It would enhance the country's capability to prevent collisions of orbiting objects in space.
The project is crucial as any collision involving a space-based asset like the International Space Station (ISS) can cause severely damage.
Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems, "SATCOM Technologies' expertise in building exceptionally large, exquisitely engineered structures will contribute to keeping the satellites we depend on for communications, weather forecasting and other services from colliding with space debris."
The construction work will start by June 2015 on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The U. S. Air Force contract awarded to Lockheed Martin has been valued at more than $910 million.
Previously, SATCOM Technologies successfully designed and built numerous structures for the U. S. government systems, including the Ground-based Radar-Prototype and Sea-Based X-band Radar.