LeoLabs adds phased-array radar into network aimed at tracking space debris
MIDLAND, Texas. LeoLabs, Inc. officials announced that its Midland Space Radar (MSR), located in Texas, is now operational and providing orbital data on low Earth orbit-based satellites and debris. Engineers completed the addition to its network of phased-array radars in an effort to track debris and prevent collisions in low Earth orbit (LEO).
“This is precisely the benefit of an additional dedicated radar site such as our Midland Space Radar,” explains Mike Nicolls, founder and CTO of LeoLabs. “With the MSR, not only do we increase our coverage, we add thousands of additional observations to our LEO data set. And we will not stop here, we are already scouting sites in the high Northern and Southern latitudes, as well as equatorial areas, to expand even further. Our mission is to reach 100% coverage of orbital debris, and make our data a foundation for securing the emerging LEO economy.”
In September 2016, LeoLabs signed agreements with the Midland City Council and Midland Development Corporation to locate in Texas and promote the new MSR facility. Construction of the Midland Space Radar began six months ago.
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