As hundreds of new satellites are being added to low Earth orbit every year, the risk of debris—and the millions of dollars of economic damage it can cause—is ever-increasing. It’s a risk that’s constantly on Dan Ceperley’s mind. On Wednesday, the company announced that it’s expanding its radar system to the Azores in Portugal, which will help widen the view of the company’s tracking systems and enable it to track even more debris in orbit.
LeoLabs today announced the Azores as the site for its next space radar. As a strategic addition to LeoLabs expanding global constellation of LEO sensors, the Azores Space Radar will go operational in the first half of 2022.
“This latest round of funding is a testament to our mission to inform, secure and enable the revolution of services entering low Earth orbit,” said Dan Ceperley, LeoLabs CEO and co Founder. “It sets the stage for the next phase of our growth as we build our team and our global footprint in the SSA domain. We now have the resources to accelerate the global deployment of next-generation radars for tracking small debris and satellites in LEO, and to expand development of our scalable LEO mapping and SSA platform.”