The space debris radar developed by Indra passes ESA tests
The demonstrator radar developed by Indra for detecting objects in space has successfully passed the validation tests performed within the European Space Agency’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) preparation programme.
The first phase of this programme aims to establish the basis for building the future European system that will monitor the waste from other missions that is floating freely in space. There are an estimated 7,00,000 objects orbiting our planet in an uncontrolled manner, and this poses a serious risk to our missions and operational satellites.
The tests performed at Santorcaz (Madrid) had the aim of verifying that the technology used by the radar system is mature enough to be used in the design of a definitive surveillance system.
The tests were focused on observing and detecting known objects for which orbital information is already available.