"Monitoring new generations of satellites is only one small part of the equation," added Mike Nicolls, LeoLabs CTO. "Space debris is the biggest threat to a healthy LEO economy. Today we monitor approximately 13,000 objects on a 24/7 basis, with multiple observations per day in all weather conditions. As we build out our radar network going forward, in the next phase we will approach 250,000 objects." Nicolls continued, "Keeping pace with the dynamic changes in LEO will require our data platform and phased-array radar, which employs millisecond electronic steering."
LeoLabs' unique radar technology is actually years in the making. It was originally developed as part of research within SRI International to investigate the Earth's ionosphere. "LeoLabs is a great example of taking fundamental science and applying it to new commercial markets," said Manish Kothari, President of SRI Ventures. "As we did with Siri and many other successful ventures, spinning out LeoLabs with other venture investors allows us to accelerate and rapidly transfer our decades of science into the marketplace."
Concurrent with this announcement, LeoLabs is also announcing the latest addition to its network of ground-based facilities, the Midland Space Radar facility in Midland, Texas.
LeoLabs uses state of the art, patent-pending phased-array radars to offer the industry's first commercial collision avoidance and mapping service for LEO. These services include rapid orbit determination, early operational support, and ongoing conjunction awareness. The offerings are targeted for commercial satellite operators, government regulatory and space agencies, and satellite management services firms.
About SRI International
SRI International creates world-changing solutions making people safer, healthier, and more productive. SRI, a research center headquartered in Menlo Park, California, works primarily in advanced technology and systems, biosciences, computing, and education. SRI brings its innovations to the marketplace through technology licensing, spin-off ventures and new product solutions.
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Horizons Ventures, the private investment arm of Mr. Li Ka-shing, is a leading investor in some of the world's most innovative companies and disruptive technologies, including Facebook, Waze, Spotify, Impossible Foods, Hampton Creek and Blockstream.
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