Saber Astronautics Wins $2.1 Million Contract with RAAF for Space Domain Awareness

SYDNEY (Saber Astronautics PR) — Australia’s Department of Defence has awarded space engineering company Saber Astronautics a Defence Innovation Hub contract for an intelligent data fusion network to process a large number of space objects. The contract, valued at AUD $2.1M [USD $1.44 million] will use new and existing sensor networks to provide advanced insights in space domain awareness and democratise access to spacecraft location data.

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Saber Astronautics Tests Satellite De-orbiting Tether

Saber Astronautics employees test their DragEN satellite de-orbiting tether in microgravity. (Credit: Bill Stafford)
Saber Astronautics employees test their DragEN satellite de-orbiting tether in microgravity. (Credit: Bill Stafford)

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 19, 2014 (Saber AstronauticsPR) — Saber Astronautics, a space technology and analytics company based in Austin TX, recently passed NASA flight tests for a product that addresses the growing threat of “space junk”. The device, called “DragEN”, unrolls a conductive space tether which uses the magnetic field of the Earth to gently drag a dead satellite back to Earth allowing it to burn up safely in the atmosphere at the end of its life.

The rapid growth in the launch of small satellites by governments, universities and commercial interests is dramatically increasing the amount of hardware in low Earth orbit. “Without technologies like the DragEN for safely returning these spacecraft to Earth at the end of their mission life cycles, the danger of space debris will continue to grow exponentially,” Saber Astronautics’ Dr Timothy Meehan cautioned.

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