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LeoLabs Completes Space Radar Facility in Midland

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
April 20, 2017
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Space radar system (Credit: LeoLabs)

MIDLAND, Texas (MDC PR) – The Midland Development Corporation (MDC) and LeoLabs, Inc., celebrate the completion of the Midland Space Radar facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Construction of the Midland Space Radar began in September 2016 and was completed in February 2017.

LeoLabs is the leading provider of data to track debris and prevent collisions in low Earth orbit (LEO) space. Their first dedicated, phased-array radar facility was completed in Midland, Texas, and is now operational. The Midland Space Radar (MSR) is actively providing high resolution orbital data on LEO-based satellites and debris. The primary market for these services are commercial satellite operators in LEO, but government agencies and satellite management service firms are also customers of LeoLabs.

“MDC’s investment in LeoLab’s Midland Space Radar facility demonstrates MDC’s dedication to attracting innovators in the space industry; diversifying and expanding the Midland, Texas, economy,” said Brent Hilliard, MDC board chairman.

The MDC approved a $60,000 promotional agreement over a five year term with LeoLabs back in September 2016.

The Midland Development Corporation (MDC) promotes the City of Midland and incentivizes qualified employers who create and retain a diversified job market in the greater Midland, Texas, region. MDC promotes business expansion and job creation through an established business climate and a strong community. MDC is an effective steward of sales tax revenue to efficiently grow Midland’s economic stability and the quality of life.

LeoLabs, Inc. uses state of the art, patented phased-array radars to offer the industry’s first commercial collision avoidance and mapping service for LEO. These services include rapid orbit determination, early operational support, and ongoing conjunction awareness. The offerings are targeted for commercial satellite operators, government regulatory and space agencies, and satellite management services firms. LeoLabs is a venture-funded corporation based in Menlo Park, California.

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