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The US Air Force will stop tracking satellites due to budget cuts


By October, the US Air Force intends to suspend the activities of tracking programs for satellites and other orbital objects. Such measures in the military leadership, it was decided to take in connection with cuts in the federal budget.

“Space fence” - this is the name of the system with which you can track any object entering space - operates in the United States from 1961 of the year. According to William Shelton, the general of the US Air Force Space Command, this technology is outdated, and now there are modern systems that allow to obtain more accurate data, according to US media.

William Shelton reported that the development of a new system, which would provide detailed information on the location of objects and is the most accurate in the field of space observations, is already underway. However, the multi-billion dollar program to improve the "space fence", which was supposed to start in 2012 or 2013, cannot be implemented due to the fact that it is carefully studying the Pentagon. The defense ministry develops scenarios in case of budget cuts of $ 159 billion, $ 250 billion and $ 500 billion over the next decade.

The “space fence” consists of three transmitters and six receivers located at different points in the southern United States. The system is powered by the Five Rivers Center in Colorado. 40% of space information arrives on Earth using this system. According to experts, the “space fence” can track objects that are at an altitude greater than 24 km, other systems can conduct research only at an altitude of several kilometers. In this case, the system operates continuously and is able to detect any objects. However, the deactivation of the “space fence” can save the Air Force’s space command up to $ 14 million annually.
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  1. Vitaly Anisimov
    Vitaly Anisimov 14 August 2013 10: 06
    The states "learn" to live within their means. (The printing press is clearly overheating))))
  2. pa_nik
    pa_nik 14 August 2013 10: 15
    Question: do they stop tracking YOUR satellites? winked If "no" - when? repeat

    Only after that we can quote: "Satisfied with the ruins of the Reichstag!" good
  3. Vladimirets
    Vladimirets 14 August 2013 10: 19
    "However, the decontamination of the" space fence "could save the Air Force Space Command up to $ 14 million annually."

    Not a typo? Something is not enough, you can save so much on chewing gum or hamburgers. request
  4. vadson
    vadson 14 August 2013 10: 51
    they will definitely not save on hamburgers
  5. dimon-media
    dimon-media 14 August 2013 14: 31
    They can safely cut their obscenely bloated military budget every five times. The country's economy should be transferred from the service sector and paperwork and speculation in "securities" to industrial rails (to produce more and consume less), only then, perhaps, they will have a chance for a positive trend to reduce the country's external public debt.
    I can not imagine mattresses living by means of WORK. I can’t imagine everything. The concept save on yourself and living within their means is alien to them and they do not even consider such an option, as it seems to me. Any reduction and reduction of their social programs is accompanied by wild cries.
    1. a52333
      a52333 14 August 2013 15: 27
      something, Dmitry, hard to believe:
      (produce more and consume less),
      Well, imagine imagine working more and eating less hamburgers? You quickly get used to the good, and they are used to it. Now compete with China and a cup of rice? Hardly. Therefore with your second part
      I can’t imagine mattresses living by means of WORK
      more agree. Only a severe shock will lead them out of credit euphoria.
  6. 12345
    12345 14 August 2013 15: 13
    Shag, as always ...