|Purpose:||Space debris affects satellite communication systems used for internet and security monitoring as well as satellites used for weather tracking. To avoid damages, future satellite constellations will need innovative imaging technology to detect and track debris against the dark setting of space. The cameras currently in use on satellites are limited to debris detection of large (over 10 cm) or metallic debris.
This project will develop the capacity to support and test an innovative large-format, low-light detector designed to meet the needs of space environment. The low-flux, wide-field imaging solution will detect space debris using high-speed measurements of low-light signals and produce high-quality images. This project will lead to the only space-ready camera capable of detecting all damaging debris, regardless of size, speed or composition – making Canada the leader in the protection of future space instruments.|