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SPACE DEBRIS TRACKING SITE TO BE ESTABLISHED IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Monday, August 25, 2014

Source: NASA

DENVER, Colo. - Under a new strategic cooperation agreement, Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed picture of space debris for both government and commercial customers.

The site will use a combination of lasers and sensitive optical systems like those found in telescopes to detect, track and characterize man-made debris objects. Electro-optical technologies that can zoom in on specific objects form a strong complement to radar-based systems like the U.S. Air Force's Space Fence, which will sweep the sky and track 200,000 objects.

Drawing on advanced sensors and software, the new site will focus on specific objects and determine how fast they're moving, what direction they're spinning, and what they're made of.

Electro Optic Systems develops and produces a wide range of space-related technologies including telescopes and beam directors. They are among the largest producers of major optical telescopes in the world, and currently operate the Space Research Centre, a satellite laser ranging and debris tracking facility, at Mt. Stromlo in the Australian Capital Territory.

Source:  Lockheed Martin
Associated URL: http://www.lockheedmartin.com
Source Date: August 25, 2014
Author: Lockheed Martin 
Posted: 08/27/2014
 

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