Here Comes Europe’s Space-Debris Tracker? Not Exactly.

Posted: April 7, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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Europe creating space-debris tracker of its own says the headline.

However, it’s just a bit of blustery breathlessness.  Here’s the money (literally) phrase:

Indra Espacio holds the demonstrator radar contract from the European Space Agency (ESA) worth $2 million.

There’s also this:

ESA is setting the stage for the European version of such a system to take shape between 2012 and 2019.

$2M?  And 2012… that’s next year isn’t it?  “Setting the stage” means… what?

Compare that level of European “investment” to this regarding the forthcoming major upgrade to the existing VHF Space Fence, a part of the existing space surveillance network:

The Air Force has estimated that the new Space Fence, which could be operational by late 2015, will cost $3.5 billion.

If you want real space surveillance, bring real (with “B’s” and not two “M’s”) money.

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