The information was reported by Live Science. The technology developed by the Australian company EOS Space Systems is said to make it possible to track and one day eliminate waste of space that moves at dangerously high speeds. It took almost seven to develop. We also know that the system was developed under a program sponsored by the Australian government.
Other EOS partners involved in the development are the Australian National University, the weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin and the Japan Institute of Communications and Technology. In reality, the concept on which this tool is based is not entirely new as it is already used by some telescopes to correct the flickering of stars created by the Earth’s atmosphere. The technique is known as “adaptive optics”.
One major problem
Indeed, the earth’s atmosphere is uneven. It therefore distorts the light that moves between surface and space. According to Space.com, this phenomenon is a problem because ground-based telescopes cannot accurately observe the sky due to the twinkling effect of the stars.
Efforts to get rid of the space debris that threaten satellites and manned spaceflight also face the same constraints. Ground stations use lasers to track down debris. Unfortunately, these are not immune to the same flicker problem that plagues stars.
Make space debris tracking easier
Now EOS Space Systems is trying to rely on adaptive optics to track and distract those individual pieces that pose a real threat to the Earth’s infrastructure and the spaceship. The Australian company is the first to explore this road.
“Without adaptive optics, a telescope sees an object in space as a drop of light,” said Celine D’Orgeville, scientist and senior researcher at the Australian National University. “With adaptive optics, however, these objects become easier to see and their images become much sharper. “”
Follow and distract these individual pieces that pose a real threat to orbiting infrastructure. Photo credit: Shutterstock / OSORIOartist
A technology for sale
For operation, the system projects an artificial star into the sky with a powerful laser. By studying how the Earth’s atmosphere distorts the projection, we get information to correct the image captured by the telescope.
The Australian space debris control tool works the same way. But not only is it capable of performing such a feat, but it can also deflect the path of a small object moving at very high speed in space. EOS Space Systems’ product is mainly aimed at companies interested in tracking down space waste.