11/05/2017

Elecnor Deimos celebrates the first anniversary of its Space Surveillance and Tracking Centre, Deimos Sky Survey

On May 11th 2016, with the presence of the president of Castilla-La Mancha Community Council and representatives from several public and private institutions, both national and international, Deimos Sky Survey (DeSS) facilities were officially presented. The event included visits to the observatory, located in located in Parque Natural de Valle de Alcudia y Sierra Madrona, and to the control centre at the Elecnor Deimos facilities in Puertollano.

Since then, DeSS has performed space object observation activities for different customers while contributing to the Spanish national Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) system, led by CDTI. In addition, DeSS has collaborated with several research institutions, satellite operators and other international SST system operators.

Deimos Sky Survey contributes to the Spanish SST system and collaborates with research institutions, satellite operators and other international operators of SST systems

Besides the daily system operations, DeSS team is committed to R&D activities related to asteroid and space debris observation systems. Currently, the team is working in new hardware and software systems for performance improvements, as well as in innovative space object optic observation strategies that enable the tackling of new challenges, such as the precise observation of objects in low-Earth orbit (LEO). Moreover, Near-Earth Object (NEO) observations have been carried out from DeSS, contributing to the Minor Planet Center (MPC) system and participating in different events of interest in the field, such as the 2014JO25 asteroid fly-by that took place last April 19 2017.

NEO 2014JO25

Objects THOR-3, CAT-4 and Unidentified

Stella in Low-Earth Orbit

Building on DeSS capabilities, Elecnor Deimos took part last June 30 2016 in the celebration of the International Asteroid Day, streaming an observation session from the SST centre facilities that captured the asteroid 2002KL6. The International Asteroid Day, which has been officially recognised by the United Nations General Assembly, has the goal of raising public awareness of the asteroid impact hazard. The observation session, together with more details about the operation of DeSS, can be watched in the following video.

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