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Fully operational status for Costa Rica Space Radar

By IDeas trademarks & patents - 30/04/2021

LeoLabs, Inc., a U.S. leading commercial provider of low Earth orbit (LEO) mapping and Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services, confirmed "fully operational" status for its Costa Rica Space Radar. 

"Only nine months after breaking ground in Costa Rica, it is gratifying to announce full operational status for the most advanced commercial space radar of its kind anywhere on the planet", said Dan Ceperley, LeoLabs co-founder and CEO. 

This new phased-array radar serves as a premier data and services provider to inform and protect the rapidly expanding commercial and governmental activities in LEO. The Costa Rica Space Radar provides unprecedented capability to track objects, including active satellites and orbital debris down to 2cm. These objects represent the vast majority of the risk in LEO. It is these risks that are critical considerations for all of LeoLabs' customer base, which includes satellite operators, defense, space and regulatory agencies, insurance, and the scientific community.

"LeoLabs is pleased to make this strategic investment in Costa Rica," remarked Ceperley. "We view this as a long-term partnership for LeoLabs, and we are grateful for the support provided by Costa Rica, and our shared commitment to participating in the new space economy."

To mark the occasion, LeoLabs hosted an inaugural ceremony at the Costa Rica Space Radar site, attended by numerous government officials, including Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada. "LeoLabs investment in its Costa Rica Space Radar is a true example of the range of opportunities we have as a country in attracting state-of-the-art technology companies that promote a greater environment for innovation," said President Alvarado. He continued, "this project extends responsible management of caring for the environment to space, an inherent value in a country like ours."

For her part, the Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, Paola Vega Castillo, expressed that "the arrival of LeoLabs to the country is a relevant milestone that reminds us of the importance of maintaining efforts to promote the development of our population for the opportunities of the knowledge era, and to support the consolidation and opening of new businesses based on technology with vision of future."

In addition to LeoLabs' Edward Lu, the event was also attended by former NASA astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz, CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company, a LeoLabs partner in Costa Rica. "It's very exciting for the Costa Rican space community to witness this important step," said Chang- Diaz. It is exactly the kind of project that will enable new science, empower students, and improve the safety of future human spaceflight. We are very happy to be working with LeoLabs on the execution of this groundbreaking facility."

By IDeas trademarks & patents - 30/04/2021
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