Research

The region provides a key vantage point for the global network of near space observation of satellites and space debris.  This opens up an entirely near research area for local organisations, and to develop global partnerships.  Research projects will go beyond the satellite and space debris monitoring, and will include observatory technologies such as dome design and control, as well as next-generation materials for satellites debris reduction.

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Photo: ESA

Satellite

DEBRIS PROTECTION

​Aims at improved protection of space objects against space debris through:

  • Risk assessments relating to structural design using Satellite Breakup and Fragmentation Analysis

  • Assessment of Material Damage under Hypervelocity​ to improve material selection

OBJECT TRACKING

​Detection and tracking of space debris to avoid collisions using:

  • Large Field Array Telescope – Motorised telescope array covers high altitude whole sky for GEO debris

  • Larger follow-up telescope for precise tracking and photometry

COLLISION PROBABILITY

Data analysis and modeling linked to the probability and impact of satellite collisions with space debris

DYNAMICS

​Understanding the long-term behavior of space debris for sustainable development of the space environment requires research on:

  • Dynamic Evolution of GEO Orbits

  • Rotational Motion of Space Debris

Photo: ESA

Meteor and Asteroid Detection

XS2019 minor planet observed on morning of 9 Nov 2021 during its close approach to earth -

about 700 000 kms from earth. 

Near-Earth Meteoroid Detection

Astronoc is part of a global network of meteor observing cameras that runs open-sourced software for video capture, compression ad meteor detection.

ZA0001, ZA0002 and ZA0003 are the first cameras located in Africa and housed at our Bonnievale observatory.