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The New Zealand Space Agency (NZSA) is evaluating a regulatory platform, developed jointly with LeoLabs, that is the first to enable regulators to monitor whether commercial satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) are operating in compliance with their licenses.
Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered how many twinkling satellites are passing above? Well, our own space agency now might hold the answers to your out-of-this-world questions.
The New Zealand Space Agency is expanding its ability to track objects launched into orbit. A pilot scheme will allow officials to monitor satellites launched from New Zealand, to minimise space debris and collisions as a “regulator of space activity.” Thirty-seven satellites have been launched into orbit from New Zealand in the past two years, six of which have since fallen back to earth.
The New Zealand Space Agency (NZSA) says it’s continuing to build its capability as a regulator of space activity with a new pilot project which allows officials to see real-time information on the orbital position of satellites launched from New Zealand.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — LeoLabs, a space situational awareness startup, has created a tool to help the New Zealand Space Agency (NZSA) continuously monitor satellites in low Earth orbit, LeoLabs and NZSA announced June 25.
Alongside space situational awareness experts LeoLabs, NZSA has developed the tool – dubbed the Space Regulatory and Sustainability Platform – to track that objects launched from New Zealand comply with permit conditions.
MENLO PARK, Calif., June 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — LeoLabs, Inc., the leading commercial provider of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) mapping and Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services today announced the world’s first dedicated regulatory platform for LEO: the Space Regulatory and Sustainability Platform, developed as a joint initiative between LeoLabs and the New Zealand Space Agency (NZSA).
“On National Security” appears in every issue of SpaceNews magazine. This column ran in the June 10, 2019 issue. The buzzword in military space these days is “proliferated LEO,” which is Pentagon-speak for large numbers of small satellites in low Earth orbit.