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GMV to catalogue space debris for German Space Agency

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Edinburgh / Darmstadt, 4 November 2021. – Following an open call for tenders, GMV has been awarded a contract by the German Space Agency at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), GMV announced. The purpose of the arrangement is to develop advanced space surveillance and tracking (SST) data processing algorithms for the German Space Situational Awareness Centre.

In 2014, the EU established the Framework for Space Surveillance and Tracking Support. The aim of this is to develop an independent space situational awareness (SSA/SST) capability in Europe. The new project is part of the data processing activities within this framework under the German Space Agency’s responsibility. 

The contract’s main objective is to develop, validate and integrate advanced orbit determination, propagation and data correlation algorithms. The aim is to have an improved catalogue and maintenance capability based on GMV’s experience in the field.

Both German and Spanish branches of the technology multinational will be involved in the project. Currently, over 70 GMV engineers work on SSA/SST activities, making the company’s team the largest such team in Europe.

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