Against this backdrop is a new generation of risks and opportunities that must be addressed to preserve LEO for future generations.
The space surrounding the earth is a floating junkyard of stuff moving at high speeds with colossal destructive energy. With thousands of satellites, teams of astronauts, and tons of debris, there are over 14,000 orbital objects bigger than a softball and more than 250,000 larger than a marble. As the LEO ecosystem around our planet gets more congested, the risk of collisions rises, and the need to map the orbits of spacecraft, satellites and space debris grows with every launch.
As the pace of technological innovation in LEO accelerates, so too do the challenges to the current global regulatory regime and to traditional Space Domains Awareness (SDA) systems.
LeoLabs was founded to address these risks today.