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SBSS Pathfinder  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): November 2010
Total Production: 1
Unitary Cost: USD$917 million
Also Known As: Space-Based Space Surveillance System
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Ball Aerospace and Boeing*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: SBSS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): November 2010
Total Production: 4
Total Cost: USD$917 million
Family Members: SBSS Pathfinder 2
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Description: The Space-Based Space Surveillance System (SBSS) intends to detect and track space objects such as satellites and orbital debris. The US Air Force awarded Boeing and Ball Aerospace a $189 million developmental contract in March 2004. The data gathered by the SBSS will be used to support military missions and NASA's Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) missions. The SBSS Objective System aim is to deploy a constellation of satellites that will detect and track orbiting space objects, including potential threats to America's space assets and orbital debris. The data gathered by SBSS will be used by DoD to support military operations. The system will overcome shortfalls of current ground-based systems which do not provide this service with the timeliness required.

The Boeing and Ball Aerospace team will be responsible for developing a satellite, the ground segment and launch services required to put the satellite into orbit. Northrop-Grumman Mission Systems is the mission area prime contractor. The SBSS Pathfinder satellite carrying a visible sensor is slated to be launched by mid to late 2007. Since then, Pathfinder will provide space situational awareness capability for the warfighter. In 2005, the launch date was delayed to 2008. It was finally placed into orbit in September 2010.

SBSS Pathfinder Specifications

Orbit: 36,000 kilometer (22,374 mile)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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SBSS Pathfinder News

There are 3 news between
21 Apr 2008 and 30 Jul 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016US Air Force to Introduce New Pathfinder Space Based Surveillance System in 2021
Sunday, September 26, 2010First Space Based Space Surveillance Satellite Sends Initial Signals
Monday, April 21, 2008Boeing and Ball Aerospace Achieve New Milestone for SBSS Program

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America1
Nov 20101

Grand Total 11

SBSS Pathfinder Spacecraft Listing

SerialCountry - Launch Rocket - SiteStatusLaunch DateOperationalRetired
SBSS 1 Minotaur IV - Vandenberg Air Force Base25 Sep 2010Nov 20102020

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