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Innovative Partnerships sets sights on space

American space innovator LeoLabs has chosen to set up shop in Central Otago, establishing a phased-array radar to track small satellites and space debris – the first in the Southern Hemisphere. LeoLabs credits its decision to invest in New Zealand in part to the support it received through the Government’s Innovative Partnerships programme.

Central Otago base for US space tracker LeoLabs

US space innovator LeoLabs is to set up shop in Central Otago, establishing a phased-array radar to track small satellites and space debris – the first in the Southern Hemisphere. LeoLabs credits its decision to invest in New Zealand in part to the support it received through the Government’s Innovative Partnerships programme.

US firm to build high-tech radar in Central Otago to track space junk

Tiny pieces of space junk will be tracked from a new type of radar station that a United States company will build in Central Otago next year. The radar will be the third built by California company LeoLabs, joining facilities in Texas and Alaska, but its first capable of tracking objects in low-orbit that are as small as 2 centimeters in diameter.