Automated collision avoidance service for satellite operators

May 14, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Automated collision avoidance service for satellite operators
Low-Earth-orbit (LEO) tracking and space situational awareness services provider LeoLabs has introduced an automated collision avoidance service for satellite operators aimed at addressing the threat of orbital space debris while reducing operator effort and time-to-decision through automating and streamlining processes that previously required manual execution.

Space debris and potential on-orbit collisions is an increasing concern as activity in low-Earth orbit is expanding rapidly across many dimensions, with new constellations and services being deployed at a record pace. Powered by the company's global network of radars and built on its SaaS data platform, the cloud-based Collision Avoidance platform offers a real-time stream of alerts and on-demand risk analyses designed to uniquely support collision monitoring.

The solution, says the company, removes existing barriers to navigational security by delivering a comprehensive suite of cloud-based services for real-time alerts on close approach events and high-fidelity risk assessment. With it, users have direct access to timely, high-quality conjunction event data and analytics using a worldwide network of phased-array radars working around the clock.

For the first time, says the company, satellite operators can get results without waiting on human execution for tasks such as ephemeris screening and increased radar prioritization.

"LeoLabs Collision Avoidance was architected from the start to address critical requirements for speed, responsiveness, flexibility, and transparency of information," says Dan Ceperley, CEO and Co-Founder of LeoLabs. "Satellite operators now have access to the first service specifically designed for protecting commercial constellations as well as critical government satellites and designed to automate and modernize operations and planning."

The service, says the company, includes the following features:

  • Streaming data feeds providing real-time conjunction alerts for owner-operator satellites
  • On-demand ephemeris screening with results returned instantaneously
  • Automated radar prioritization and high-fidelity data products on all secondary objects in conjunction events
  • Integration of external data sources
  • Robust web analytics tools for conjunction risk assessment

"Operators should think of the LeoLabs Collision Avoidance solution as a powerful front end to our global network of ground-based radars," says Michael Nicolls, CTO and Co-Founder of LeoLabs. "Never before has a single end-to-end solution, from radars to web application, been available as a commercial off-the-shelf service. This turnkey SaaS solution puts a simple face in front of

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