Air Force deactivates orbital tracking system, no decision on replacement

The U.S. Air Force said it will shut down an aging radar system as part of their continued cost-cutting efforts, according to NextGov. The 21st Space Wing, which has been tracking satellites and orbital debris since 1961, will be deactivated by Oct. 1, saving the Air Force an estimated $14 million annually.

There has been no decision on whether to replace the space surveillance system, which would cost an estimated $2 billion. The "space fence" would be able to track an object the size of a softball from more than 1,200 miles away, officials said.

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