OVERVIEW: AN/FPS-85 Spacetrack Radar (or Space Surveillance Radar) is a very large fixed-array radar that conducts space surveillance and reconnaissance of man-made objects in earth orbit. DETAILS: Located Eglin AFB, the AN/FPS-66 phased array radar can detect, track and identify up to 200 satellites simultaneously. It is the only phased array radar dedicated to tracking more than 16,000 near-earth and deep-space objects. Radar began operational in January 1969. Initially designed to track objects in Earth's orbit, software installed in 1975 allowed tracking of submarine launched ballistic missiles.
NOTES: The system became operational in January 1969 and deep space capable in 1988.
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