Above is a depiction of how synthetic tracking works. The general idea is that light coming from the asteroid will be captured by the telescope for a single frame, then if a similar pattern of light appears in the next frame, the computer on board calculates the object's velocity vector using the difference in location between frames. Additionally, it combines the images from each frame to create a higher resolution image.
Trans Astra's telescope technology works by using Compound Synthetic Tracking (CST) to, in real time, locate new asteroids based on their velocity and brightness. Without the ability to locate appropriately sized asteroids, mining in space would be impossible, making this one of Trans Astra's most important advancements. Several missions of different scope will be carried out to test and apply this technology, including the Theia mission, the Sutter Survey mission, and the Sutter Extreme mission.