A Central Otago space radar is on track to start cleaning up space soon, but the location of the facility is not known - yet.
California-based LeoLabs announced the project last year and construction of the facility began earlier this year.
A LeoLabs spokeswoman said the international space tracking facility would help "clean up space" while sourcing cutting-edge data for a range of space-based technologies.
The space radar would detect space debris as small as 2cm in diameter in low Earth orbit (Leo).
It will be one of only three operating in the world, in what will eventually become a larger international network.