Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Prevent Big Collisions in Space, Greenhill Observatory Has New Ammunition

Australia The Greenhill Observatory, operated by the University of Tasmania, has found a new mounting device that could be used to prevent large collisions in space between satellites and space debris. The new stand, supplied by a technology company, allows the Tasmanian Observatory to keep up with Earth’s rotation faster than ever before.

ABC said the observatory, which weighs up to 70 kilograms, can now be moved up to 20 degrees per second to observe celestial objects in Earth’s orbit. It is known that Greenhill Observatory is the result of a collaboration between the University of Tasmania and the technology company Hensoldt. The observatory serves to track space debris and satellites. Including the possibility of a collision between two space objects.

The new instrument is believed to be capable of detecting potential collisions between space debris and satellites. So that actually happened before.

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Prevent Big Collisions In Space, Greenhill Observatory Has New Ammunition

Patrick Yates-Jones said there are currently thousands of satellites and hundreds of thousands of space junk orbiting the Earth. The existence of two objects has the potential for collision.

He said that at present outer space is really very vast. It’s just that collisions between two objects must be avoided to prevent the effects of other damage.

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Prevent Big Collisions In Space, Greenhill Observatory Has New Ammunition

Patrick Yates-Jones explained, “Now we can observe 400,000 space objects in general. Whether it’s space debris like used rockets and satellites moving in orbit.”

To prevent a collision from occurring, Greenhill Observatory will provide data and information on the movement of space debris and satellites to the Government and the Australian Space Agency. In addition they can also sell data commercially to companies that launch satellites.

Scott Riemann, managing director of Hensold Australia, said the ability to determine where an object is in orbit is also very useful for defence. “Significant national assets can be monitored from here. After that they may be able to make the appropriate adjustments. For example, calculating launch times so that their satellite does not have the ability to hit other space objects,” said Scott Riemann.


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