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India to soon have a commercial Space Situational Awareness observatory

Bengaluru-based start-up, Digantara Research and Technologies which specialises in the field of space will soon set up India’s first-ever commercial Space Situational Awareness (SSA) observatory in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.

This observatory will keep an eye on any activities that happen in space which includes keeping a tab on satellites and other space debris. 

Additionally, this will be able to monitor events taking place in deep space, especially the ones in the geostationary, medium-Earth, and high-Earth orbits.

To create sustainable access to space, Digantara became the world’s first space-based active orbital surveillance platform. 

With this observatory, India will be taking one step forward in monitoring space activity. 

The observatory will be one of many to be set up in the region, and this means the public will also be able to experience space exploration. 

At present, there are several observatories in India. They all give very restricted access to the public, mostly with prior permission. Indian Astronomical Observatory in Hanle, Ladakh, is one of the largest and most popular among all observatories in India. It is also the world’s second-highest observatory.

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