program originated from conceptual studies begun during the early 1970s, when it became obvious that the number of man-made objects in deep space would increase dramatically over the next twenty years.
The flagship of the SBSS
program is the National Ignition Facility (NIF)-a megalaser the size of a football stadium that would create tiny nuclear blasts at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
This includes the SBSS
, AFEMS, and equipment requirements systems (D039, ERS, and D200C).
Fred Doyle, vice president at Ball Aerospace's national defense business unit, said the SBSS
spacecraft will allow the Air Force to keep track of its own assets as well as keep an eye on those of other nations.
After subtracting the costs for seven final reports--Advanced Deployable System (ADS), Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System (D1MHRS), Javelin, Mission Planning System (MPS), Ship Self Defense System (SSDS), Ohio Class SSGN Conversion, and T-45TS--and adding the costs for three new programs--Large Altitude Infrared Counter-measures (LAIRCM), Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP), and SBSS
BIO (Space Based Space Surveillance Block 10)--from the December 2007 reporting period, the adjusted current estimate of program acquisition costs was $1,647,118.
brings persistent and all-weather coverage of GEO that simply cannot be matched by ground-based sensors such as radars and optical capability.
Air Force-managed reparable item demands recorded in the SBSS
are reported to the Secondary Item Requirements System (D200A) and to RBL.
B10 (Space Based Space Surveillance Block 10) $ 823.
Launch of SBSS
Block 10 System Supports Air Force's Ability to Track and Respond to Threats in Space --
Users will be able to access key information to understand and leverage the context around their FICO SBSS
We must continue the unique capability of SBSS
and build the follow-on program to sustain the capability.
Additionally, the AFGLSC should have preestablished SBSS
accounts that allow replenishment requisitions almost immediately upon transfer to a previously nonoperational contingency base.