EOS will provide the services to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Space Commerce.
The first of the two contracts will involve EOS providing laser ranging data for commercial satellites to the NOAA’s open architecture data repository, while the second contract will be the provision of simple passive electro-optical observations.
The contracts will form a key part of the NOAA’s push to improve its space traffic management services and space situational awareness (SSA) capabilities.
NOAA’s efforts will also include the establishment of an open architecture SSA repository, which will assist prototype, experimental and pilot projects to fulfil their obligations under the US Space Policy Directive-3, which was enacted in June 2018.
The aim of the Space Policy Directive-3 is to facilitate the safer operation of space vehicles and improve regulatory cohesion.
A key aspect of the EOS Defense Systems’ NOAA deal will be the use of EOS Space Systems services from its Australian space-tracking ground infrastructure and observation facilities.
Located at Mt Stromlo in the ACT and at Learmonth in Western Australia, the EOS ground stations will be pivotal to the provision of tracking and SSA services to the NOAA.
EOS has already proven its capabilities to the US government in recent years, participating in the Sprint Advanced Concept Training (SACT) exercises, which involve real-time observations and reactions to real and simulated space events.
The SACT exercises are the premier showcase and demonstration arena for the international space industry’s most groundbreaking technologies.
EOS demonstrated its proficiency in the field by providing high-detail, near-time images and tracking data for the entire SACT event, including recording and analysing live space rendezvous and proximity events between orbiting objects.
Speaking about the contracts with the NOAA, the CEO of EOSDS, Brigadier General (ret’d) Phil Coker, said that the company was proud to finally bring the technology to the US.
“EOSDS USA is pleased to offer this capability to NOAA to advance US space domain awareness capabilities and ultimately help protect future space missions.”
Vice president of EOS, James Bennett, echoed Coker’s sentiments about the groundbreaking deal.
“EOS Space Systems is pleased to offer our tracking services to NOAA and contribute to the advancement of space traffic management and space situational awareness capabilities,” he said.
“EOS is committed to the safety of flight of satellites and are pleased to be working closely with the US to facilitate the safe operation of space-based vehicles.”
Liam McAneny is a journalist who has written and edited for his University International Relations journal. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wollongong in 2021. He joined Momentum Media in 2022 and currently writes for SpaceConnect and Australian Aviation. Liam has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations as well as astronomy.
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