Newshub: New Otago-built Kiwi space radar will track the movements of satellites, space debris

Four giant halfpipes in the central Otago township of Naseby could help keep vital mapping satellites up in the air. They form a new Kiwi Space Radar, which will track the daily movements of thousands of satellites and pieces of space debris.

Business Insider: A new radar system will track 250,000 tiny pieces of space junk. It may help prevent snowballing collisions that could cut off our access to orbit

For the first time, space companies can track tiny bits of dangerous space junk that orbit the planet and menace satellites.

TechCrunch: LeoLabs and its high-fidelity space radar track orbital debris better than ever — from New Zealand

Ask anyone in the space business and they’ll tell you that orbital debris is a serious problem that will only get worse, but dealing with it is as much an opportunity as it is a problem. Leo Labs is building a global network of radar arrays that can track smaller debris than we can today, and with better precision — and the first of its new installations is about to start operations in New Zealand.

Silicon Angle: In its new Kiwi space radar site, LeoLabs sees a stepping stone to space-based AI

The Silicon Valley catchphrase “Move fast and break things” takes on a whole different meaning in space. The millions of pieces of debris that litter the Earth’s orbit zip around at speeds of up to 17,500 miles per hour, according to NASA, which means even a pebble-size object can cause catastrophic damage to a satellite in a head-on collision.

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