Boeing and ExoAnalytic team up for Australian-operated space domain awareness system

Boeing Australia and ExoAnalytic have joined forces to provide the Australian Government with a fully operational space domain awareness capability, ready for immediate deployment and operation by a local Australian team.

The ExoAnalytic-Boeing solution for JP9360 Tranche 2 will provide RAAF operators with the ability to simultaneously and exclusively load multiple ground-based telescopes onto the ExoAnalytic global sensor network of 350 telescopes. These telescopes will be controlled and operated from an Australian Command Center providing highly flexible space domain awareness to support RAAF Space Command operations.

“The command center will be operated by Boeing Defense Australia personnel who will directly support the Australian Defense Force in real time by monitoring critical space assets, providing command and control and data analysis,” Dale said. McDowall, Director of Global Business Development for Boeing – Australia. and New Zealand. “Boeing is contracting ExoAnalytic for the program and will be supported by the US ExoAnalytic Command Center to provide 24/7 monitoring.”

ExoAnalytic’s Telescope Network is the world’s largest space domain reconnaissance sensor network that monitors, understands and predicts the position and behaviors of man-made space objects orbiting the Earth. “These services help our customers operate more safely and sustainably by identifying and providing alerts for objects behaving abnormally or creating potential threats such as collision hazards,” said Dr. Douglas Hendrix, CEO of ExoAnalytic Solutions. “Even the smallest piece of space debris can disable a satellite. The ability of ExoAnalytic’s global network of telescopes to see very small, very dim objects is far beyond most Earth and space systems.

The monitoring system is essential to ensure optimal reliability of defense armament, navigation and communication systems that rely on satellite communications. ExoAnalytic currently provides the US Government, including the US Joint Task Force Space Defense, with services comparable to those required under JP9360 on a daily basis.

“Our JP9360 offering will provide a low-risk, robust and sovereign capability to detect, track, identify and characterize space events to support Australia’s freedom of action in space,” McDowall said. “The ExoAnalytic network is also rapidly scalable – with new sensors that can be added cheaply and quickly.”

To drive sovereign space capability, ExoAnalytic will bring its ground-based optical space domain awareness system to Australia and also provide opportunities for Australian industry to channel innovation into the global space domain awareness market.

“ExoAnalytic has been investing in the construction of telescope sites in Australia for some years and has established a network of over 70 ground-based telescopes at 10 sites, bringing smart work to regional communities,” said Dr Hendrix. “ExoAnalytic will also transfer the maintenance, operation and management of the Australian network to Australian industry, with Victoria-based iTeleQuest managing the telescope sites and the Indigenous Defense and Infrastructure Consortium managing maintenance and service. “

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