IAA-CSIC capabilities for Space Surveillance and Tracking

Ibáñez, J. M.; Sota, A.; Casanova, V.
IV Workshop on Robotic Autonomous Observatories (Eds. María Dolores Caballero-García, Shasi B. Pandey, David Hiriart & Alberto J. Castro-Tirado) Revista Mexicana de Astronomía y Astrofísica (Serie de Conferencias) Vol. 48, pp. 107-111 (2016).


Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST), as a part of the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme activities, has the task to detect and predict the movement of space debris in orbit around the Earth. The data generated through an SST system can be used to actively protect space-based infrastructure, such as Earth observation satellites or navigation systems, from colliding with the ever-increasing cloud of man-made space debris. This paper shows the current Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) capabilities for SST, describing the features and current status of the sensors that are available in the IAA-CSIC for this program.