The government of New Zealand and startup LeoLabs have signed an agreement to track space junk in the Southern Hemisphere by installing phased array radar.
Central Otago is going to become home to one of the first radars in the Southern Hemisphere to track small satellites and space debris. LeoLabs is a US space innovator that will launch a phased-array radar to do all the tracking, thanks to the New Zealand Government’s Innovative Partnerships programme.
Commercial space situational awareness provider LeoLabs will build its third space radar in New Zealand, the first radar of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
US-based start-up LeoLabs has signed an agreement with the Government of New Zealand to install phased array radar to track space junk in the Southern Hemisphere. The third radar of LeoLabs’ network will be the first of its kind to be installed in Southern Hemisphere.
LeoLabs, a commercial provider of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) mapping and Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services, has agreed to build its next space radar in New Zealand. This establishes New Zealand as the site for the first radar of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — LeoLabs plans to install its next phased array radar in New Zealand, marking the space mapping startup’s first move into the Southern Hemisphere.
Central Otago’s skies look set to host an international space tracking facility that will help “clean up space” while sourcing cutting-edge data for a range of space-based technologies.