The radar system TIRA (Tracking and Imaging Radar) is the leading system in Europe for the observation and analysis of space objects. TIRA combines a highly dynamic 34-meter parabolic antenna with a tracking radar and an imaging radar. Due to the size of the antenna, the system is sensitive to weak signals and therefore allows the detection of small objects just a couple of centimeters in size.
Fraunhofer FHR works with cooperation partners such as the German Space Situational Awareness Center (Weltraumlagezentrum) or the ESA. Central tasks include, for example, support of all phases of space missions from start until re-entry, damage analysis and high-precision orbit determination for re-entry forecasts or for the prevention of collisions between satellites and space debris. The system therefore contributes to the protection of satellites and enhances awareness of the situation in near-Earth space.