2 U.S. satellites to keep eye on spacecraft, debris
The previously classified Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) will supplement ground-based radars and optical telescopes in tracking thousands of pieces of debris so orbital collisions can be avoided, Gen. William Shelton said Friday.
He called it a "neighborhood watch program" that would provide a more detailed perspective on space activities. He said the satellites, scheduled to be launched this year, also will be used to ferret out potential threats from other spacecraft.
The two-satellite network, built by Orbital Sciences Corp., will drift around the orbital corridor housing much of the world's communications satellites and other spacecraft.