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
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