Daytime Satellite Tracking

First fully-functional, low-cost, patented telescope system provides real-time observational data from low Earth orbit (LEO) to geosynchronous orbit (GEO) during broad daylight.

LEO to GEO 24/7

Daytime tracking represents a major innovation for the commercial space domain awareness market, increasing the observation opportunities on LEO to GEO satellites and enabling the potential for a global network of low-cost telescopes to maintain custody of satellites through the current daylight coverage gap.

  • First fully-functional, low-cost telescope system capable of detecting objects from Earth-orbiting satellites
  • Enables detection of dim satellite signals beyond what is typically achievable for standard optical systems

Until now, there has not been a daytime tracking solution capable of global proliferation, let alone a commercial daytime tracking service. Closing the ground-based optical coverage gap will significantly enhance space domain awareness and space traffic management missions.

Jeff Aristoff, VP of Space Systems at Numerica

Patented technology features

  • Enabled by high-speed shortwave infrared cameras, customized optics & advanced algorithms
  • Observes Earth-orbiting satellites in broad daylight at altitudes of more than 36,000 kilometers (22,000 miles)
  • Detects space objects using shortwave infrared (SWIR) sensors during daytime hours without the use of cryogenic cooling components
  • Collects 15 GB/minute & applies image processing algorithms that fuse the data to reduce noise to near theoretical limits
  • Trial satellite observation data available from integration of the daytime tracking systems with the broader Numerica Telescope Network (NTN) comprised of more than 130 optical sensors spanning 18 sites worldwide

Learn more

Numerica will showcase this new capability at the virtual Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) conference 15-18 September, 2020.