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LeoLabs unveils automated collision avoidance service for satellite operators

Over the next 24 months, LeoLabs Collision Avoidance will expand collision alerts to include previously uncatalogued small debris.

LeoLabs, a commercial provider of low Earth orbit (LEO) tracking and space situational awareness (SSA) services, has introduced LeoLabs Collision Avoidance, a platform aimed at addressing the threat of orbital space debris.

Powered by LeoLabs global network of radars and built on the LeoLabs SaaS data platform, LeoLabs Collision Avoidance offers a real-time stream of alerts and on-demand risk analyses that support collision monitoring.

Space organisations around the world can now take full control of their own operational safety against potential on-orbit collisions. LeoLabs Collision Avoidance 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.

Users now have direct access to timely conjunction event data and analytics using a worldwide network of phased-array radars working around the clock on their behalf.

Unique features include streaming data feeds providing real-time conjunction alerts for owner-operator satellites, on-demand ephemeris screening with results returned instantaneously, automated radar prioritisation and high-fidelity data products on all secondary objects in conjunction events, integration of external data sources, and robust web analytics tools for conjunction risk assessment.

Commenting on the new service, Dan Ceperley, CEO and Co-Founder of LeoLabs, said: “LeoLabs Collision Avoidance was architected from the start to address critical requirements for speed, responsiveness, flexibility, and transparency of information. 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.”

Michael Nicolls, CTO and Co-Founder of LeoLabs, remarked: “100% of our Collision Avoidance services are cloud-based, with no local software to install. Web dashboards provide operators and analysts with a tailored user interface enabling access from any location or device. Operators should think of the LeoLabs Collision Avoidance solution as a powerful front end to our global network of ground-based radars. 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 the sophisticated cloud-based astrodynamics platform and network of ground-based radars.”