The Okayama observation facilities will enable us to detect space debris and NEOs. However, as they can be considered to be start-up facilities, there is a limit to the size of the objects that can be located. In addition, the amount of both space debris and NEOs existing in space is so great that all of it cannot be detected by these facilities alone. In order to overcome these hurdles, we will have to establish several full-scale systems capable of pinpointing debris of at least one order of magnitude smaller than the size that can be found with the present system (i.e., debris as small as several centimeters and NEOs with a diameter of about 100 meters). Also, it is important that we design even more effective systems for the future based on actual observations and detection carried out using these new pathbreaking facilities.
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