Today, space debris is one of the principal threats to satellites. To avoid collisions with space debris, the orbits of objects in space must be known. This requires a system of sensors comprising, typically, radars, telescopes and laser-ranging stations, and a data centre to process the acquired observation data. Because of this, the European Commission is putting programs in place to tackle this problem.
On the 20th of June 2018 a round table discussion, with the presence of Quasar, on Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) activities was kindly organised by Universidad Carlos III (thanks to Prof. Manuel Sanjurjo), and the company Isdefe within the Horizonte Espacio program. The discussion was moderated by TCol. Jaime Sánchez Mayorga.
Participants from Deimos Space, GMV, Indra, SatCen and Quasar shared with the public the current status of the activities of SST, focusing on European and Spanish systems. The discussion then moved to the prospectives and the future of the field, where Quasar Science Resources defended the promotion of R&D activities that got Spain to become one of the leaders of European SST.
At present, Quasar is working as a consultant for Space Situational Awareness (SSA) projects for the European Space Agency. Besides, we participate in standardisation activities within the SSA field for the European Standardisation Entity CEN-CENELEC.