The Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) is designed to track space debris and small objects
The SST station in New Mexico where it is undergoing testing
The optics of the SST
Future site of the new SST station in Western Australia
Full view of the SST
In order to dodge something, you need to see it. If that something is space debris then sometimes the best thing to use is an old-fashioned telescope – or, in the case of the US Department of Defense, a state-of-the-art telescope capable of searching an area larger than the United States in seconds. That’s why DARPA is preparing to deliver the new Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) to Western Australia, where it will help track small satellites and space debris orbiting the Earth when it becomes operational in 2016.
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