Our team uses The University of Western Australia's Zadko Telescope to pursue a space situational awareness and space surveillance program involving international partners.
In 2020 the Zadko Telescope was contracted by the European Space Agency (ESA) to track potentially hazardous bodies and provide data for impact hazard assessment. The French Space Agency (CNES) is also using the Zadko Telescope to monitor space asset launches and space debris risk. CNES is building a new global array of receivers for low Earth orbit satellites, the Australian part of that network is led by the Zadko team at UWA.
The Zadko Telescope shares its location in the high-tech robotised Zadko Observatory just outside Perth with other international space surveillance companies. Recently, UWA has also entered a hosting contract and research collaboration with the Polish Space Agency for monitoring space assets over Australasian skies.
The Zadko Telescope team in the Zadko Observatory.