Electro Optics Systems Holdings Limited (EOS) has this week been awarded a $3 million Department of Defence Concept Technology Demonstrator (CTD) contract to demonstrate that its electro-optic space surveillance sensors integrate and operate effectively with existing space surveillance sensors. The Defence Concept Technology Demonstrator (CTD) contract, announced today by the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, will now require those sensors to be tested in real-time operations with existing space surveillance radars, to establish that new sensors can operate effectively within existing tracking infrastructure which represents many billions of dollars of investment.
“This project seeks to show how precision laser tracking systems can co-operate with radar tracking systems to detect and then pin-point space objects. Once the laser has a lock on the object, it can determine the orbit with high precision,” Said Dr Craig Smith, CEO of EOS Space Systems Pty Limited, the EOS subsidiary undertaking the effort. Knowing the precise track of space objects is critical for satellite operators to avoid costly collisions in orbit.”
The CTD Contract announced today will involve the expertise of EOS and its partner Northrop Grumman to examine how EOS’ Australian-based sensors could be linked to US-based radar to track space objects more accurately and effectively than either system could achieve alone.
EOS (EOS) develops, manufactures and sells sophisticated aerospace technology with a wide range of applications through two business divisions – military and space. EOS’ remote weapon systems enable a weapon to be fired rapidly and accurately by a gunner safely relocated away from the weapon. Typically the technology is applied for mounting weapons on the top of an armoured vehicle, and the gunner inside the vehicle. EOS remote weapon systems have been produced in significant numbers for US Army, NATO forces, Australia, and other countries around the world.