Space Surveillance

EOS employs sophisticated satellite laser ranging technologies to carry out surveillance of space assets.

Space Debris

Space debris, or near earth object (NEO) pollution, is an enormous hazard to deployed satellites and spacecraft which cross the path of the orbiting debris.

Using high powered ‘eye safe’ space laser systems we can track and catalogue the most potentially damaging pieces of debris. Once the debris is tracked it can be avoided.  Our proprietary laser tracking and astrometric techniques reduce conjunction volumes’ error budgets by a factor of 100-1000 (ref AMOS 2013).

Space Ablation

Ablation is the process of generating forces on objects by means of surface interactions with energy projected from a distant point. Laser beams, directed from earth to intersect with objects in space, generate significant forces if the interaction is carefully controlled.

Until now, the only way to avoid space debris was to manoeuvre away from it to prevent a collision, consuming fuel and reducing mission life. EOS is now fine-tuning technology that will allow pieces of space debris and other objects in space to be physically manoeuvred into a different orbit using long range high power plasma beam (ablation).

By using Adaptive Optics (AO) techniques, EOSSS is developing new tools for enhanced capability for low earth orbit (LEO) space management using coupled laser energy to space debris objects.  Laser guide stars, wavefront sensors and wavefront inversion tools are in development now to improve ground based imaging and to couple laser energy onto debris for orbital management of lighter debris approaching valuable assets.

Other technologies available from EOS include:

  • CAN based servo control systems
  • Servo control systems of any accuracy and precision
  • LAN based control environments for observatory management
  • Observatory Control System software for standardised modular automation of observatories (see AMOS 2013).
  • Low cost remote control of COTS electro optics, such as Canon lenses
  • Laser delay generators for control of multi stage pulses laser systems
  • Digital Pound-Drever-Hall controls for advanced laser management
  • Custom laser design for research or other activity sanctioned by Australian export controls.
  • Passive tracking of LEO objects without sunlight imaging (contact us)
  • Observatory design support, especially automated systems

What we offer

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