Space radars to be built in Western Australia

United States-based company LeoLabs, which tracks space junk and debris, is building radar stations in Western Australia, according to ANU cosmologist and astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker.

“Western Australia is a great place for what they’re trying to do in tracking space junk because you get good coverage obviously by being in the south,” Dr Tucker told Sky News Australia.

“So the latitude but longitude, it’s in a good position where you’re getting a lot of good traction, looking at orbits, launches.”

Dr Tucker said the station in Western Australia would be able to observe launches from China, India, and other countries in the area.

“It’s a great place to cover that area, so you have this huge hole in terms of coverage and Western Australia fills that void,” he said.