New U.S. satellite to monitor space junk

  • Wed Sep 22nd, 2010 10:19pm
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Associated Press

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — A satellite that will monitor the clutter in Earth orbit is scheduled to launch Saturday, nearly three months later than originally planned.

The Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite was scheduled to launch on July 8, but it was grounded by concerns about software in the Minotaur IV rocket and a problem in the rocket’s electronics.

It’s designed to give the Air Force its first full-time, space-based surveillance of satellites and debris in Earth’s orbit. Launch will be at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.