Kickapoo Space Surveillance System to be Shut Down

Published 08/16 2013 04:41PM

Updated 08/16 2013 05:47PM

While the government has never denied existence of another high-tech military installation right here in Texoma, many residents remain in the dark about the Air Force Kickapoo Space Surveillance Station in Archer County.

Soon, this two-mile-long series of radar transmitting fences could be just another Cold War relic.

The Kickapoo space surveillance station has been operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year since the late 50's when the U.S. needed a system to keep track of the satellites being launched by the U.S.S.R.

The Kickapoo facility is the most powerful transmitter site in the system, and is designated as the master transmitter.

The Air Force Space Command has announced it will discontinue operations by October 1 due to sequestration budget restraints.

The Air Force intends to replace the so called space surveillance radar fences with a more accurate and updated system using fewer facilities.

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