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Air Force Accepts 2 New Space Object Tracking Satellites Into Operation

The U.S. Air Force has activated a pair of new Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program satellites in a move to expand the service branch’s capacity to track and characterize objects in space.

The 1st Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base received the GSSAP 3 and 4 satellites built to aid space asset protection efforts.

GSSAP satellites are designed to operate in the near-geosynchronous orbit and collect space situational awareness data.

GSSAP satellites work to also detect, warn, characterize and attribute space system disruptions in the geosynchronous environment as well as safeguard space-based navigation and communications systems.

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