Passive radar maker Silentium Defense has launched a new “observatory-in-a-box” capability for improved space domain awareness and space traffic management.
Designed and built in Australia, the deployable observatories combine Silentium’s MAVERICK S passive radar for detecting and tracking objects in low Earth orbit, with custom-built off-grid cabins for fast, covert surveillance from space, at any place.
MAVERICK detects radiation sources such as radio and radar signals, but does not emit and is therefore itself undetectable.
Silentium CEO Dr. James Palmer said, “This solution addresses the greatest observational challenge in low Earth orbit to date.
“Existing radars and observatories are expensive fixed infrastructure assets that can take years to build and cost tens to hundreds of millions to bring online and operate.
“Low Earth orbit has never been more dynamic, crowded and contested than it is today, and that trend is set to continue.
“This environment demands more agile and deployable solutions that can be installed and activated when and where you need surveillance from the sky, down to low Earth orbit, and everything in between.”
Dr Palmer said this need was why the company built its deployable ‘observatory-in-a-box’.
“By taking advantage of all the benefits our MAVERICK S has to offer, including low-cost and covert surveillance, and adding unconstrained rapid deployment, to enable more agile and accurate data collection for decision-making. more enlightened in air and space.”
Silentium President Kim Scott said there has been an exponential increase in the number of new space objects, which, combined with a deteriorating geopolitical landscape, has created a high-risk, high-stakes operating environment.
Scott said: “Gaps in cataloged data and arcs of space that we cannot currently monitor provide greater opportunity for nefarious activities that endanger our critical space services and assets.
“Smart, agile and cost-effective solutions that can bridge current capability gaps and support targeted operations are precisely what is needed to ensure secure and sustainable access to space. That’s what this capability provides, and that’s what the market needs.
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