Fraunhofer Institute partners with German Aerospace Center to update German SSA tire, GESTRA

SMi Group has announced The Fraunhofer Institute and German Aerospace Center (DLR) will provide program updates on tire and GESTRA at Military Space Situational Awareness 2020, the company said.

The Fraunhofer Institute is currently operating the Tracking and Imaging Radar (TIRA) and developing the German Experimental Space Surveillance and Tracking Radar (GESTRA), both of which are essential parts of German military and civil SSA programmes.

TIRA provides data about not only highly precise orbital elements of a space object but also its size, shape, orientation and attitude motion through high-resolution imaging, which makes it suitable for military reconnaissance applications.

GESTRA is currently the most important development project of a new German SSA sensor, commissioned by the DLR Space Administration. GESTRA is a phased array or electronic scanning radar system for continuous and wide-space detection, tracking and measurement, and will have the capability to generate an independent catalogue of space objects and debris in the near-Earth environment.

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