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Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA) Long-range Tracking and Identification Radar (ALTAIR) (U)

Overview (U):

(U) The ALTAIR (Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA) Long Range Tracking and Identification Radar) is an Army operated radar located on the island of Kwajalein in the western Pacific. It has two missions, Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) testing in support of the Western Space and Missile Center (WSMC) and space surveillance.

Description (U):

(U) ALTAIR (Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA) Long Range Tracking and Identification Radar) is a high-resolution radar located at Kwajalein Atoll in the western Pacific that provides precision metric, signature, and imaging for deep-space operations, satellite observations, strategic reentry missions, and multiple-intercept engagement tracking. ALTAIR is a near earth and deep space tracking radar. As one of the three radars composing the Space Surveillance Network, ALTAIR can track one third of the objects in the geosynchronous belt, more than 42,000 tracks per year. The other two radars are the ALCOR (ARPA Lincoln Band Observable Radar) and the TRADEX (Target Resolution and Discrimination Experiment). ALTAIR is unique because it is the only radar in the Space Surveillance Network with an equatorial location.

User Impact (U):

(U) Loss of this capability would have a significant impact on the Space Surveillance Network (SNN).

Programmatics (U):

(U) Operational.

(U) Organizations and Funding:
  • (U) USSPACECOM: Funding Source.

Images (U):

This Table Is Unclassified.

Related Initiatives (U):
ALCORALCOR (ARPA Lincoln C-band Observable Radar)
TRADEXTRADEX (Target Resolution and Discrimination Experiment)
This Table Is Unclassified.

Related Requirements (U):None.

Related Categories (U):
Contibuting SensorsContibuting Sensors
RadarRadar - Contributing Sensors
This Table Is Unclassified.

Road Map Placements (U):

This Table Is Unclassified.

Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):

1997 Space Surveillance Dev Plan
Kwajalein Missile Range Home Pg
This Table Is Unclassified.

Lead Office (U):

(U) Army.

Point of Contact (U):

(U) Maj Mike LaPointe, NSSA, Open Phone: (703) 325-6422, DSN 221-6422.
(U) National Security Space Road Map Team, NSSA, Open Phone: (703)808-6040, DSN 898-6040.

Date Of Information (U):

(U) 17 September 1998

(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999

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