GEODSS tracks space objects through the use of reflected sunlight, and thus can only operate on clear nights.
Since 1982, this GEODSS site has been key in tracking orbiting objects to make sure they're where they're supposed to be and that they don't crash into each other.
The contract modification is for first article delivery for the fiscal 2013 GEODSS hardware version release that will correct, fix, or modify
current capabilities, but it will also maintain the current capability of GEODSS to perform all of its current mission functions after implementation of the capabilities.
Given the presumption that each object requires an epoch update every 24 hours and that GEODSS is tasked to collect the observations in its normal operational mode, a metric for the GEODSS sensor off-load time can be generated.
Thompson, "A GEODSS Sourcebook," 19 October 2008, http://www.
The team relied first on the Maui 1-meter GEODSS
telescope, which continued making NEAT observations until mid-February 1999.