German Space Agency will use Lockheed Martin tool to track space debris

Space Debris

Washington – German Space Agency is going to use Lockheed Martin’s software to track objects in space

What’s happening: 

The German Space Agency opted iSpace command and control system for collecting data from government, commercial and scientific sensors. This will help to track thousands of objects in space, Lockheed said. The system will alert operators any potential collisions and will suggest mitigating actions. 

“No other system offers real-time catalog maintenance, space event processing and sensor tasking in a highly scalable processing infrastructure for such a variety of sensors,” Amr Hussein, vice president of Lockheed Martin C4ISR Systems, said in a statement. 

DLR German Company

Lockheed Martin did not mention anything about the iSpace contract’s value with the agency, known as DLR (its German initials). 

iSpace will use the following German sensors: 

  • Sensors for tracking 
  • Imaging Radar 
  • German Space Situational Awareness center optical sensor 
  • German Experimental Surveillance 
  • Tracking Radar 

The U.S. is already using iSpace, which was introduced in 2017. For instance, U.S. Strategic Command has used the program in parallel with its Global Sentinel efforts for space situational awareness. 

Apart from that, the U.S. Air Force has used iSpace to advance its space fence. It used an S-band radar on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

While the military has not revealed the system’s capabilities, it can detect objects smaller than 10 centimeters in low Earth orbit. Experts believe that even a smaller object with a diameter of one centimeter can severely damage a satellite due to its high velocity.

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