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Looking Up: ArianeGroup’s GEOTracker Space Surveillance Network Gets Even Bigger

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ArianeGroup’s GEOTracker network continues to expand around the world. Its seventh observatory has already been installed at its site of Ottobrunn in Germany, and an eighth station will be located in Australian’s Northern Territory at the Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd. (CfAT) site, around 10 km south of Alice Springs.

These data are compiled in a permanently updated catalogue and are used by institutional and commercial customers through a range of securely-managed operational services and products.

Using a network of optical sensors around the globe and a centralized control center, GEOTracker provides ultra-precise positioning and orbit-determination data for space objects in geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) and medium Earth orbit (MEO), in particular with a view to protecting space assets from possible collision, interference or unwelcome contact.Just last year, the seventh GEOTracker observatory was set up at ArianeGroup’s site at Ottobrunn, near Munich in Germany.

Entirely owned and operated by ArianeGroup, the GEOTracker network of optical stations offers space monitoring at the highest level of operational availability and flexible programming that can be customized to reflect clients’ changing needs.

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