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Silentium Defence delivers rapid, deployable space ‘observatory-in-a-box’ capability

Silentium Defence has launched a new, world-first, category defining ‘observatory-in-a-box’ capability for improved Space Domain Awareness and Space Traffic Management globally.

Designed and built in Australia, the deployable observatories combine Silentium’s powerful, full-field-of-view, MAVERICK S passive radar for detection and tracking of objects in Low-Earth-Orbit, with custom built, off-grid cabins for rapid, covert surveillance of space, anywhere in the world.

“This solution addresses the biggest challenge in low-earth-orbit observation to date,” said Dr James Palmer, CEO Silentium Defence. “Existing radars and observatories are high-cost, fixed infrastructure assets that can take years to build and cost tens to hundreds of millions to bring online and operate.

“Low-earth-orbit has never been more dynamic, congested and contested than it is today, and this trend is set to continue. That environment demands more agile, deployable solutions that can be dropped in and switched-on whenever and wherever you require surveillance of the sky, up to low-earth-orbit, and everything in between.

“That’s why we’ve built our rapid, deployable ‘observatory-in-a-box.’ Taking all the advantages our MAVERICK S has to offer, including low-cost and covert surveillance, and adding rapid deployment without constraint, to enable more agile and accurate data collection for more informed decision making in air and space.”

Silentium’s ‘observatory in a box’ combines the low power consumption, light infrastructure, and zero emission benefits of the MAVERICK S with its unique full-field-of-view detection and tracking capability to enable comprehensive, covert surveillance across the widest arc of space anywhere you switch on.

Deployed from cabin to operational in a few short hours, the observatories can act as independent sensors in strategic locations or can be networked to provide custody across wide areas of operation.

“Gaps in catalogued data and arcs of space we can’t currently watch offer greater opportunity for nefarious activities that put our critical space-based services and assets at risk,” said Kim Scott, Chairman of the Silentium Defence Board of Directors.

“Smart, agile, cost-effective solutions that can fill gaps in current capability and support targeted operations are precisely what’s needed to ensure safe and sustained access to space. That’s what this capability offers, and it is what the market needs.”

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