SkySentry’s Chief Scientist Publishes Authoritative Article on Space Debris

What Can Be Done About Space Debris?

Collisions in orbit pose a serious threat to satellites and spacecraft. But even if
they can be predicted, it could be impossible to prevent them.

David Finkleman

■ Feature Article

On February 10, 2009, two communications satellites— Cosmos 2251 and Iridium 33—collided catastrophically in Earth orbit, 789 kilometers above northern Siberia. The event was not entirely a surprise: Many observers had recorded and tracked noticeably close approaches between the pair. However, in terms of both the minimum distance between
the satellites and the complicated calculations that predict the probability of collision, these satellites were not considered particularly at high risk. Among all the known close-approaching satellites, these two were hardly even in the top 200. Yet, they collided. Both Cosmos 2251 and Iridium 33.

TESTLA Awarded


SkySentry received notification in late November 2013, that SkySentry is on one of the winning teams for the US Space and Missile Defense Command's (USASMDC's) TESTLA contract. TESTLA, which stands for Test Execution Services and Launch Augmentation, is a multi-year, multi-task contract. Its goals and objectives are to acquire the capability to formulate and develop test execution services and launch augmentation solutions in the form of concepts, designs, test conduct, and supplemental test architectures to meet command specific mission testing objectives. The TESTLA Program will provide the USASMDC/ ARSTRAT with the ability to procure a broad range of missile defense, space, and other applicable Warfighter testing solutions in support of developmental and operational requirements. SkySentry has extensive experience supporting SMDC on similar contracts, and expects its focus on this contract to include flight testing, surveillance and reconnaissance, and modeling and simulation.

Oil Spill Watch Aerial Detection

For Immediate Release



Preparedness > OilSpillWatch Aerial Detection System

OilSpillWatch Aerial Detection System


Remote Aerial Detection Systems (RADS, USA), a subsidiary of Environmental Science & Technologies (EST), has entered into a strategic partnership with SkySentry. The partnership brings to the forefront OilSpillWatch, a lighter-than-air aerial surveillance and communications system that quickly deploys over oil spill and environmental response areas to provide fast and effective surveillance and communications.


The OilSpillWatch system is tethered from a ground base, a trailer or sea vessel. The payload selectively encompasses EO/IR cameras for day and night operations and includes a Mesh Communications Network.

This business partnership will strengthen RADS’ portfolio of remote aerial detection systems, positioning the company as a principle UAV technology provider and integrator. Some of the advantages of this system include the elimination of support aircraft, real-time image capture with geotagging, and the ability to continuously monitor over long periods of time. 


Supplier: Remote Aerial Detection Systems (RADS)