EOS Space Systems Pty Ltd (EOS Space), a wholly-owned subsidiary of ASX-listed Electro Optic Systems Holdings Ltd (ASX: EOS) is to join forces with Lockheed Martin Corporation to provide space tracking services to the space industry. EOS today announced it had executed a strategic cooperation agreement with Lockheed Martin for the joint development and roll out of EOS and Lockheed Martin space tracking capabilities at a new facility in Western Australia .
Under the agreement, EOS and Lockheed Martin will collaborate in the production, deployment and operation of proprietary space tracking sensors. The objective of the joint effort is to provide value-added services to the space industry, based on timely and accurate space data from those sensors.
EOS announced on 5 August 2014 a range of significant developments in its space business, and its intention to expand its tracking capacity towards commercial operations by establishing a new space tracking site in Australia. That announcement said : "D evelopment of the new site will commence in late 2014 and when operational in early 2016 it will approximately double EOS' current capability to meet customer data requirements."
EOS and Lockheed Martin will work together under the strategic cooperation agreement on the new space tracking facility, allowing a significant increase in capacity even before construction has commenced.
The Chief Executive Officer of EOS, Dr Ben Greene , says that, on completion, the new facility will provide a space debris tracking capacity equal to 25% of all capacity presently accessible to space industry globally, and with enhanced accuracy.
"This new tracking capacity will provide data which is exclusively available to EOS and Lockheed Martin, enabling both organizations to offer new services to meet market needs.
"Further expansion of the partnership's tracking capacity through additional sensors and the establishment of new sites is also under consideration," Dr. Greene said.
The upgrade in capacity will not impact the schedule for completion of the new site. Construction is expected to commence within the next several months and to be completed by early 2016.
Dr. Greene said: "The partnership with Lockheed Martin will help both organizations establish a global network of space sensors, while simultaneously increasing the market reach of the partners' data and services. We consider the strategic partnership with Lockheed Martin a major step towards the achievement of critical mass of sensors, data and services, all of which are critical in providing detailed yet easily usable information on space debris."
The Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Rick Ambrose , said: "Ground-based space situational awareness is a growing priority for government and commercial organizations around the world, that need to protect their investments in space. Through this agreement with Electro Optic Systems, we'll offer customers a clearer picture of the objects that could endanger their satellites, and do so with great precision and cost-effectiveness."
Source: Electro Optic Systems Holdings Limited
Date: Aug 26, 2014