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Ecosystem For Near-Earth Space Control
by Launchspace Staff Writers
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017

Most previously suggested solutions have required the use of extremely expensive and complex space systems in order to accomplish the removal of single debris objects.

In just two weeks, at the 33rd Space Symposium, the space community will hear about a possible game-changing discovery that may create a new "Ecosystem for Near-Earth Space Control." On April 3rd, at the Technical Track presentations on Space Situational Awareness, this patent approved invention will be introduced to the symposium attendees. Here is a brief abstract of the presentation.

The discovery of a cost-effective and viable approach to the removal of dangerous low-earth-orbiting (LEO) debris has led to several new and related concepts for significantly and permanently improving and protecting the near-Earth space environment, enhancing space situational awareness capabilities, protecting commercial and government constellations and increasing the resiliency of space-based national security assets.

This is a fundamental introduction to what may become a new and future space program paradigm. The proposed methods and systems are novel because they are based on a fresh look at the challenge of wholesale removal of the most threatening near-Earth orbiting debris objects.

Most previously suggested solutions have required the use of extremely expensive and complex space systems in order to accomplish the removal of single debris objects. In fact, the implied complexity and expense of such approaches have prohibited actual debris removal missions.

Launchspace Technologies Corporation (LTC) is pursuing the development and operation of a completely integrated solution to the excessive orbital debris in low-Earth orbits (LEOs) as a first step toward creating a comprehensive ecosystem insuring permanent stability and safety for near-Earth space operations.

To be clear, the safety of operating satellites in LEO has been decreasing over the past few decades and it has now reached a serious level of concern for satellite and constellation operators. Additionally, a near-term increase in LEO usage will occur due to the addition of large numbers of cubesats and thousands of broadband satellites.

Loss of access to space is clearly unacceptable. The innovative solution offered by LTC may permanently resolve this issue. Furthermore, the evolution of the proposed debris removal system will offer additional opportunities in support of desired commercial and government applications. Don't miss this event.

Space surveillance radar system fully operational
Canberra (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
A C-band space surveillance radar system jointly operated by the United States and Australia has reached Full Operational Capability, the Australian Department of Defense reports. The system, which tracks satellites and space debris, was gradually relocated to Western Australia by the U.S. Air Force from Antigua in the Caribbean beginning in 2014. "The C-Band radar operated from ... read more

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