Radar to track space junk/debris installed in Australia

Radar to track space junk/debris installed in Australia

Perth : Australia | Nov 15, 2012 at 9:01 AM PST
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Finally, the concerns on tracking space debris finds a place during negotiations between the United States and Australia. According to reports, the US military will deploy a powerful C-band radar and a space telescope which would allow better tracking of space debris.

The agreement to deploy the powerful radar came during annual defense talks between the U.S. and Australia. US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and defense secretary Leon Panetta along with their Australian counterparts, Bob Carr and Stephen Smith, took part in the talks.

Australia’s defense minister, Stephen Smith, says that the radar would be a great support in monitoring space debris in the Southern Hemisphere.

The space surveillance telescope (SST) has the capability to track small objects at "deep space altitudes", roughly 35,000 kilometers high. THE SST is built by the Pentagon's hi-tech research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), and Australia was chosen as the ideal spot to station the cutting-edge device.

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