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LeoLabs planning to triple number of radar sites for space debris tracking by early 2020s

10 Oct 2019, 00:32 UTC
LeoLabs planning to triple number of radar sites for space debris tracking by early 2020s
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — LeoLabs, a company using radar sites to track satellites and space debris in low Earth orbit, plans to increase its number of sites from two to six over the next few years.
Dan Ceperley, LeoLabs founder and chief executive, said the company wants to scale up its space situational awareness capabilities so it can monitor large constellations of broadband satellites that SpaceX, OneWeb and others are preparing and launching.
“To complete the network, we’re looking at the next few years,” Ceperley said in an interview at the Satellite Innovation conference here. “We really need to be fully online as a lot of these large constellations hit their peak stride. We are right on schedule with that.”
OneWeb plans to launch hundreds of small broadband satellites next year, and SpaceX may launch more than 1,000 for its Starlink network. Telesat Canada wants to have monthly launches for its broadband constellation to reach 300 satellites in 2023.
LeoLabs has radar sites online in Alaska and Texas, and a third under construction in New Zealand. Ceperley declined to say where the next three radar sites will be located.
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