The United States is a space superpower but is not doing as much as other nations to solve the problem of orbital debris, an industry expert said Jan. 6.
LeoLabs expects to be issuing collision alerts for many years to help satellite operators dodge the new debris field.
LeoLabs and the New Zealand Space Agency (NZSA) are working together to develop a cloud-based software platform for monitoring space activity.
As the space sector expands, companies are adopting new business models, including Space Data as a Service, Satellite as a Service, and Ground Station as a Service, which promise the benefits of space without many of the demands.
LeoLabs plans to accelerate deployment of its global radar network and expand space situational awareness services with $65 million raised in a Series B financing round announced June 3.
LeoLabs’ announced April 22 that two S-band radars in Costa Rica have started tracking objects in low Earth orbit and delivering data to customers.
LeoLabs is adding more sensors and data processing capacity to its network in preparation for a surge in satellites launches.
Tracking and avoiding the growing debris field in low Earth orbit was clearly on the minds of speakers on the first day of the Satellite Innovation 2020 conference.
DoD said this agreement is to "ensure the continued viability of space surveillance capability" in the U.S. industrial base.
Silicon Valley space mapping startup LeoLabs unveiled a service May 13 to help commercial and government satellite operators avoid collisions with debris and other satellites in low Earth orbit.
The New Zealand Space Agency established in 2016 is moving quickly to develop a comprehensive strategy reflecting its priorities including sustainability, agility and collaboration.
LeoLabs, the Silicon Valley space mapping startup, announced Oct. 14, initial operation of the Kiwi Space Radar, the firm’s third space surveillance radar and first with updated technology to track debris as small as two centimeters in low Earth orbit.
“We really need to be fully online as a lot of these large constellations hit their peak stride. We are right on schedule with that.”
Some space companies say their greatest hiring difficulty today is recruiting enough software engineers to work on their programs.
LeoLabs, a company mapping low Earth orbit with ground-based radars, unveiled a commercial tracking service called LeoTrack for small satellites and cubesats Aug. 5 at the Small Satellite Conference here.
The cloud-based Space Regulatory and Sustainability Platform relies on information from LeoLabs’ network of phased-array radars to tracks debris and satellites in low Earth orbit. The mapping and software platform then analyses the data to ensure satellites launched from New Zealand are complying with licensing requirements.
The buzzword in military space these days is “proliferated LEO,” which is Pentagon-speak for large numbers of small satellites in low Earth orbit.