The space guarded by the Space Surveillance System


The Space-Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system would help the United States Air Force reduce the risk of satellite losses by two-thirds, detecting potential threats more quickly and allowing operators to act on time.

"With an average of 12.000 deep space observations per day, SBSS would provide a major benefit for operators who need to protect their valuable satellites," said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems.

The Air Force has declared the SBSS fully operational since April last year. Operational data would show that, during the first year of operation, the system collected over 3,8 million observations of objects in deep space.

The SBSS would have a specific ability to quickly move its on-board sensor, allowing it to observe more objects in a large area of ​​space, unlike what is possible with terrestrial sensors. The results would consist of a five-fold increase in observations and an estimated reduction in 66 percent satellite losses.

Source: Boeing