GAO report on Cobra Dane radar

From: Allen Thomson via Seesat-l <>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 17:33:27 +0000 (UTC)
The US Government Accountability Office has just published a report on the Cobra Dane radar. Space surveillance is among the radar's capabilities discussed, though not in any great depth. One part I found interesting was 

 "According to the data, Cobra Dane tracks 3,300 space objects each day that cannot be tracked by any other radar system. Air Force officials noted that when Cobra Dane is not operationally available for space surveillance for short periods (less than 24 hours), they can overcome that downtime without losing track of those unique objects. However, officials told us that it would take six months to reacquire all of the small space objects that Cobra Dane tracks, if they encounter any significant scheduled or unscheduled downtime."

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