According to the UK Space Agency, orbital congestion and space debris remain one of the biggest global challenges facing the space sector. There are currently an estimated 900,000 pieces of space debris including old satellites, spent rocket bodies and even tools from astronaut missions orbiting Earth. Space debris can stay in orbit for hundreds of years and present a real danger to the rapidly increasing number of new satellites being launched each year. Now, more than ever before, the need for advanced space object tracking is critical.
To address this issue, Numerica was recently announced as an expert partner of the UK Space Agency during the 72nd International Astronautical Congress in Dubai to support its international effort to foster safe and sustainable space operations via critical space object tracking.
As a leader in space domain awareness, Numerica operates a global telescope network of over twenty sites to help protect government and commercial satellites from on-orbit hazards and threats. Through this partnership, Numerica will provide high-quality space surveillance tracking (SST) data from a worldwide network of optical telescopes powered by state-of-the-art software to help keep UK satellites safely operating.
High-quality observations produced by the Numerica Telescope Network (NTN) on behalf of the UK Space Agency, will enable enhanced space domain awareness of UK-licensed satellites in deep-space including GEO, medium earth orbits (MEO) and highly elliptical orbits (HEO). This data will provide the UK Space Agency with advanced space object tracking to better estimate the position, velocity, and trajectory of satellites to mitigate the risk of collision with other space objects.
“Numerica is thrilled to support the UK Space Agency with their mission of space sustainability through the use of innovative satellite tracking capabilities,” Jeff Aristoff said, vice president of space systems at Numerica. “We developed the Numerica Telescope Network for operations just like this to help prevent collisions in space and to keep watch over this increasingly important domain.”
To learn more about Numerica’s space domain awareness expertise and space object tracking capabilities, visit www.numerica.us/space-defense/.