Space Fence

Space Fence is a $60-million future US space surveillance network — claimed to be able to detect objects as small as 10 cm (four inches) at heights up to 30,000 km (15,000 nautical miles). One of the key contractors, Lockeed Martin, recently posted a video (also on their How website) showing a vision of how the program will revamp the way the U.S. Air Force identifies and tracks objects in space.

The film is a neat combination of future scenarios and flashy info-graphics. It’s hard to tell how real the software or interfaces are, but it’s fun to think that people in the Air Force are on the edge of their seats making sure satellites don’t bump into each other using a system as gentle sounding as a “fence.” I’d imagine that the reality is probably a little more slow-moving and military.

(Link via Infosthetics.)