A facility for tracking space debris is to be developed by
The facility will be located in the state of
Site technologies will be able to zoom in on specific objects, enhancing the Space Fence system of the
Using advanced sensors and software, the new site will focus on specific objects and determine how fast they're moving, what direction they're spinning, and what they're made of.
Imagery and information will be provided to commercial as well as military customers.
"Ground-based space situational awareness is a growing priority for government and commercial organizations around the world that need to protect their investments in space," said
"We consider the strategic partnership with
Space debris, also called space junk and space clutter, is the result of man's march to the stars. It consists of spent rocket components, disused satellite fragments from disintegrating equipment. Debris can be smaller than a baseball to larger than a motor vehicle and pose a potential danger in the launching new spacecraft into orbit and those already in orbit, such as the
"Space-based technologies enable daily conveniences such as weather forecasting, banking, global communications and GPS navigation, yet every day these critical services are threatened by hundreds of thousands of objects orbiting the Earth," said
Ground structures for the
Other organizations involved in tracking and monitoring space debris is the
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