(OT) Kwajalein selected for Space Fence site

From: Allen Thomson (thomsona@flash.net)
Date: Tue Sep 25 2012 - 22:36:07 UTC

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    Thanks to Brian Weeden for pointing to this.
    Basing of first U.S. Space Fence facility announced
    Posted 9/25/2012
    9/25/2012 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) -- The Air Force will base a 
    Space Fence radar site on Kwajalein Island in the Republic of the Marshall 
    Islands with initial operations capability planned for fiscal 2017.
    The Fence will provide a critical Space Surveillance Network capability needed 
    to give warfighters the ability to maintain a full and accurate orbital catalog, 
    ensure orbital safety and perform conjunction assessments.
    Air Force Space Command will award a contract to build the radar, which will be 
    capable of detecting, tracking, identifying and characterizing space objects in 
    low and medium earth orbits. Construction is expected to begin September 2013 
    and is planned to take 48 months to complete construction and testing.
    Until the final design is determined, it is unknown exactly how many personnel 
    will be required to construct the radar site. After construction is complete and 
    the radar is operational, approximately 10 to 15 contractor personnel are 
    projected for the long-term work force at Kwajalein to maintain the Space Fence 
    radar. A support agreement will be established between Air Force Space Command 
    and the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll/Reagan Test Site for site support and 
    facilities maintenance. 
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