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The Australian Space Agency has signed a strategic letter of intent and cooperation with EOS Space Systems, an Australian company specializing in space tracking systems. Together, the two organizations will expand EOS ‘space asset and space debris tracking capabilities and increase Space Situation Awareness (SSA) in Australia while developing the country’s space industry.
EOS currently operates a network of space situation awareness sensors at Mt. Stromlo in ACT and Learmonth in WA. This network is currently tracking 10,000 space objects per week. Most recently, the company raised AU $ 68 million (US $ 46 million) in funding. Anthony Murfett, Deputy Head of Australia’s Space Agency, said, “Space situational awareness and debris monitoring is one of the seven national civil space priorities set out in (Australia’s civil space) strategy … Australia’s geographic location in the southern hemisphere enables that Monitoring of parts of space from our unique view of the solar system. ”
Professor Craig Smith, CEO of EOS Space Systems, said he welcomed the opportunity to work with the Australian Space Agency to realize Australia’s space ambitions.
“This declaration will help Australia develop its world-leading capabilities in space situational awareness, debris monitoring and space communications,” said Professor Smith.
“Our company has been at the forefront of technical innovation in space for over three decades. The success of EOS is underpinned by an exceptionally skilled local workforce and collaborative partnerships between governments, Australian companies, universities and research institutes. “
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