by Caleb Henry —
WASHINGTON — ExoAnalytic Solutions, a company that tracks satellites and space debris using ground-based telescopes, announced a partnership April 1 with NorthStar Earth and Space, a Canadian startup developing a constellation of 40 satellites that will track objects in space.
Foothill Ranch, California-based ExoAnalytic owns and operates more than 300 telescopes that can spot objects in low Earth orbit down to 10 centimeters, CEO Doug Hendrix said in an interview. But having only ground-based telescopes means the company can only make observations under the right conditions.
“When you’re on the ground you’ve got the atmosphere to contend with, and you’ve got weather to contend with,” he said. “Our ability to look at low Earth orbiting satellites from the ground is limited a bit.”