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Passive radar to track space junk above Australian skies

Passive radar to track space junk above Australian skies

Tile 107, or “the Outlier” as it is known, is one of 128 original tiles of this Square Kilometre Array precursor instrument located 1.5km from the core of the telescope. Photographed by Pete Wheeler, ICRAR.
Tile 107, or “the Outlier” as it is known, is one of 128 original tiles of this Square Kilometre Array precursor instrument located 1.5km from the core of the telescope. Photographed by Pete Wheeler, ICRAR.

In an article by Jamie Seidel of News.com.au:

BUNDLE together Australia’s FM radio stations. Take one supersensitive astronomy radio telescope array. Tune-in to the right frequencies — and suddenly we can see objects 1000km away in space and travelling at 8km per second.

It’s not quite that simple. But it is that efficient.

The Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) are working with Adelaide’s Silentium Defence to turn existing assets into a form of ‘passive’ space radar.

This means it doesn’t rely on a dedicated, new and extensive array of high-power radar transmitters as military and commercial radars do. Read more ...

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July 24, 2018


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