A new telescope has just been inaugurated on the Calern plateau observation site in Caussols (Alpes-Maritimes), by Thalès Alenia Space and the Côte d’Azur Observatory. As reported France Azure Bluethis Thursday, June 16, 2022, the GOOD telescope, to Ground optical orbit determinationis a gem of technology.
If its dome measures only 2.3 m, it has nothing to envy to the tallest. Quite the contrary. Equipped with new image processing software, it makes it possible to obtain precise and quality visuals, so much so that it is possible to calculate distances without using radar, explains the local radio.
“Avoiding collisions and the creation of new debris”
This small telescope should notably make it possible to follow the putting into orbit of new satellites, to monitor the trajectories of space debris and to detect and follow unknown satellites. “There is a densification of traffic on the orbits and we need this precision to avoid collisions and the creation of new debris”, explained Philippe Pelouas, director of European programs at Thalès Alenia Space, quoted by our colleagues.
In addition, GOOD has an autonomous system, allowing it to be controlled remotely and used almost unlimitedly. What to facilitate, according to France Azure Bluethe work of Thalès Alenia Space in the years to come and guarantee that the Côte d’Azur Observatory and the Calern site will retain their appeal.