Russia’s State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS is planning to deploy optical-electronic monitoring stations in South Africa, Mexico and Chile to provide early warning about dangerous situations in near-Earth space, according to a media report.
According to Urdu Point, citing a recently released document by ROSCOSMOS, Moscow will deploy three additional space monitoring stations in South, Mexico and Chile to augment the superpower’s Automated Warning System on Hazardous Situations in Outer Space (ASPOS OKP).
The project will include an optical-electronic complex for detecting and measuring parameters of space debris motion (OEK OKM) in the 3rd quarter of 2019 in South Africa and an experimental optical station in Mexico and Chile in the first quarter and the 3rd quarter of 2020 respectively.
The ASPOS OKP project is to monitor dangerous approaches of the devices operating on orbit with orbital debris and to follow falling satellites.
In 2017, Russia deployed its first specialized monitoring facility abroad at the Pico dos Dias Observatory in Brazil as part of the ASPOS OKP project.
Joseph Ibeh is a Mandela Washington Fellow and Senior Editor at Space in Africa. He writes about Africa’s NewSpace companies and emerging national space programs.