Australian laser will track space junk


21/07/2010

On Tuesday, the Australian company announced the development of a laser tracking system that will stop the collision with space debris and satellites, spaceships, flying into the Earth orbit.

According to the company’s Electric Optic Systems, they developed the laser will be able to track down the pieces of less than ten centimeters, warning of approaching danger spaceships and satellites.

"We can calculate their position with great accuracy in predicting risk of collision with other objects" - said Craig Smith, executive director of the company.

According to Smith, the developed technology is superior modern radar systems because it can detect small objects left over from rockets and satellites disused. These fragments are very dangerous because they fly at ultra-high speeds.

He said that in the orbit wander over 200,000 objects larger than one centimeter less, and about 500,000 objects the size of a centimeter or more.

"The size varies over a wide range, starting with the launch of pieces the size of a bus to small, less than a millimeter, flakes of paint," - said Smith.

"The problem is that they are flying at a speed of 30,000 miles per hour. Therefore, if you do not fly at one and the same direction, the collision can occur at speeds gipervysokoy which destroy satellite."

Company Electric Optic Systems developed this technology, thanks to a grant of three and a half million dollars from the Australian Government.

According to Smith, this technology developed at the Observatory Canberra’s Mount Stromlo Observatory, have already expressed interest by many countries.

But according to him, the system will work best if you create a distributed network of monitoring stations at strategic locations around the world.

"Network favorably with single station, especially in the lower earth orbit, because the pieces can fly from either side," - said Smith. Receive a daily hot news - download news ticker, be aware of world events.

Original: Physorg.com


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