Boeing finishes upgrade of advanced electro-optical system for space surveillance
MOUNT HALEAKALA, Hawaii, 22 June 2012. The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has completed a two-year modernization effort for the advanced electro-optical system (AEOS), a powerful telescope used for research and space situational awareness by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
The AEOS originated in the 1980s when the Air Force was attempting to develop a ground-based laser anti-satellite capacity. The Maui Space Surveillance Complex in Hawaii was selected as a location due to its maritime location, 10,000 foot altitude, visibility and location near the equator.
Under the AFRL's Innovative Research and Optical Support Services contract, Boeing is responsible for replacing aging sensors, control software and computer systems for the telescopes at the complex.
Boeing and Air Force officials participated in a ceremony on Mount Haleakala on June 13 to celebrate the AEOS milestone as well as the IOC of a 1.6-meter-diameter telescope that Boeing recently upgraded.