Critical location in Asia-Pacific improves speed and coverage in southern hemisphere
Posted: October 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. CDT|Update: 2 hours ago
MENLO PARK, california, October 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – LeoLabs, Inc., the world’s leading commercial provider of space domain knowledge (SDA) and space traffic management (STM) services for low Earth orbit, announced today Australia as the site of its next space radar. The Western Australia Space Radar represents a critical addition to LeoLabs’ growing global constellation of S-band phased array sensors. When completed in 2022, it will bring the total number of LeoLabs radar sites to six and the total number of space radars to ten.
“There is no place on the planet more strategic than Australia to monitor the unprecedented growth in low Earth orbit (LEO) activity, “said Dan Ceperley, CEO and co-founder of LeoLabs. “On the one hand, the Western Australia Space Radar is perfectly positioned to extend LeoLabs’ ability to track satellites and debris, improving the timeliness of all of our spatial data and mapping services. On the other hand, this radar will join our global constellation of radars, thus improving our ability to monitor risks and critical events in space. It further strengthens our lead as the only organization with extensive spatial coverage in the southern hemisphere. These capabilities represent unique opportunities, in Australia and globally, for new products and services. LeoLabs is happy to support these directions. “
“The Western Australia Space Radar is just one part of LeoLabs’ strategic vision to invest for the long term in Australia“continued Ceperley.” This vision extends to recruiting and growing a world-class team that contributes fully to the Australian space community and drives LeoLabs’ business globally. In this regard, I am happy to report that the leadership of our Australian team is already in place and looking to expand aggressively, especially in software and other technical areas. Our radar is a decades-long investment, as is our commitment to invest in Australian space expertise for the new space economy.
“We are pleased to welcome LeoLabs to Australia,” noted James brown, CEO of the Space Industry Association of Australia, “and appreciate their strong alignment with our growth mission australia industrial space base. Australia clearly has the opportunity to become a space surveillance superpower and a leader in global space governance, and LeoLabs can certainly play a role in supporting and informing this mission. We recognize that LeoLabs Western Australia Space Radar this is just the beginning. “
“I could not be more optimistic about the future of the Australian space sector and the contribution that LeoLabs will make to build that future,” said the CEO of LeoLabs Australia, Terry van haren. “The commercialization of LEO and the involvement of state actors in LEO continue to accelerate, and as we develop our capabilities here, LeoLabs stands ready to support australia national interests in preserving transparency, deterrence, flight safety and sustainability. LeoLabs’ global radar network is already producing the highest number of LEO observations in the world, “added van Haren,” and the Western Australia Space Radar will consolidate and extend this lead. Today, our catalog tracks around 17,000 objects in low Earth orbit; in the near future this will increase to 250,000 objects. The Western Australia Space Radar also adds more timely updates on critical events in LEO, including collisions, ruptures, maneuvers, re-launches, and re-entries. the emerging LEO economy that is open, secure and sustainable for future generations.
Backgrounder: LEO Opportunities, Risks and “Data Gap”
Low Earth orbit is rapidly becoming the trade frontier in space. The rapid deployment of new constellations of satellites, the demand for innovative services ranging from high-speed imaging to the Internet of Things (IoT) and billions of dollars in new space infrastructure investments are redefining a field shared by governments, space agencies, regulators, commercial operators and space insurance.
Against this backdrop of unprecedented opportunities, there are two key challenges for LEO’s investment and long-term viability. The first is the need to develop LEO in a sustainable manner while facing the threat posed by space debris. About 250,000 dangerous orbital debris has not been tracked by government legacy systems that can no longer keep pace with increasing risks to satellite constellations. Sustainability is not only an area that operators need to tackle, but also for regulators to establish international best practices, set standards and set rules of behavior.
A second challenge essential to the long-term viability of LEO is to keep it open and secure. As the number of private space companies and space nations continues to grow, so does the need to track and make transparent all of the events that threaten an open space environment.
“The biggest challenge for both sustainability and security threats in LEO is solving the ‘data gap’, said Dan Ceperley, CEO of LeoLabs. “The number of assets in LEO doubled last year, will double again this year and is expected to increase 25-fold over the next five years. LeoLabs is already the largest data provider for LEO today, and this lead will grow rapidly as we execute. on our radar constellation. ”Ceperley continued,“ The old SSA infrastructures built by the government of the past simply cannot scale to keep up with the new levels of LEO activity, and they have no way of doing it. Our commercially-oriented infrastructure is the only viable and scalable way to address this “data gap” problem.
The Western Australia Space Radar will make an essential contribution to solving these challenges. Because of its strategy Asia Pacific location, the radar complements other LeoLabs radar sites and will increase the frequency of observations that LeoLabs collects on each satellite and orbital debris. This improves response times and supports efficient tracking and flight safety. Second, the two additional S-band radars in the southern hemisphere add critical resilience to the global network, improving operational service levels and persistent tracking. And third, the Western Australia Space Radar accelerates LeoLabs’ ability to discover, track and catalog objects that have never been tracked before, those less than 10 centimeters.
Founded in 2016 as a venture-funded spin-out of Silicon Valley research pioneer SRI International, LeoLabs provides access to critical mapping and SSA data for Low Earth Orbit. LeoLabs services include collision prevention, risk assessment, constellation monitoring and commercial SSA. LeoLabs today serves regulatory and space agencies, commercial satellite operators, defense and scientific / academic organizations that are driving generational change in LEO. LeoLabs’ core technology includes a worldwide patent-pending phased-array radar network that tracks debris and satellites in LEO. Observations generated from this network are the foundation of the LeoLabs mapping and SDA / SSA software platform, providing timely and accurate orbital and situational data.
For more information, visit LeoLabs at www.leolabs.space, or LinkedIn, Twitter.
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