On April 22, 2021, the Costa Rica Space Radar, the most advanced of its kind in the world, was inaugurated by LeoLabs, Inc., a commercial leader in the provision of low-Earth orbit (LEO) mapping services. , for its acronym in English).
This is the first array-type radar in phases near the equator, giving the unprecedented ability to track objects, including active satellites and orbital debris up to 2 centimeters, which represent the majority of hazards in LEO detecting hazards. and providing more information to space companies, allowing them to contribute to the sustainability of space and the safety of flights.
On the occasion of the start of operations, LeoLabs organized an inauguration ceremony this April 22 at the Costa Rica Space Radar facilities, located in Philadelphia de Carrillo, Guanacaste, which was attended by government authorities, including President Carlos Alvarado Quesada.
LeoLabs co-founder and CEO Dan Ceperley indicated that the company chose Costa Rica because of its people and talent, its regulatory laws and geographic location. “It is an honor for LeoLabs to work in a country that recognizes the importance of space as a great opportunity for our present and future generations.”
For his part, President Alvarado indicated that this radar built by Costa Ricans is a sign of hope that our country is capable of doing things well and getting ahead despite adversity, as well as a signal to the world that things good, with good purposes can be done.
He added that this project extends the responsible management of caring for the environment of the seas and territories to space, an inherent value in a country like ours that develops strategic actions to promote the decarbonization of the economy, betting on a development model based on the bioeconomy, green growth, improvement of the quality of life and social inclusion, reflected in the National Decarbonization Plan (PdD).
The Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang-Díaz, CEO of Ad Astra and commercial partner of LeoLabs in Costa Rica, also participated in the activity, who thanked the Government and the different institutions for their support to make this a possible reality in a record time of 9 months.
He added that this project will facilitate scientific development, empower youth, and improve the safety of space flights. “This is an opportunity for young people who are in schools. Costa Rica is now in a locomotive, not in the back of the train, ”said Chang-Díaz.
For her part, the Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, Paola Vega Castillo, stated that “the arrival of LeoLabs to the country is an important milestone that reminds us of the importance of maintaining efforts to promote the training of our population for the opportunities of the era of knowledge, and support the consolidation and opening of new businesses based on technology with a vision of the future. “