The Defense Department has approved Air Force plans to issue a revised request for proposals for its upgraded Space Fence surveillance system, according to Space News.
The Space Fence contract award will probably be made in April 2014, Air Force Space Command chief Gen. William Shelton announced at the Air Force Association’s Pacific Air & Space Symposium in Los Angeles.
The Air Force Space Surveillance System — the formal name of the Space Fence — is a series of radar sites across the southern U.S. that detect satellites in low Earth orbit as they pass overhead.
“We have now been given the go-ahead to release that modified [request for proposal] and begin our acquisition program again for the Space Fence,” Shelton said, according to a transcript of the conference cited by Space News.
Funding issues have delayed plans to award a prime contract this year. Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems will be submitting competing designs to replace the earlier Space Surveillance System, which the Air Force has said will be shut down, according to Space News.