Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


CLaSP researcher paper on space weather role in satellite collision/avoidance cited in Eos

Posted: June 29, 2018

CLaSP researcher paper on space weather role in satellite collision/avoidance cited in Eos Image credit: Bussy-Virat et al., 2018, Figure 1
A paper recently published in the AGU journal Space Weather by CLaSP research fellow Dr. Charles Bussy-Virat examining the effects of space weather on the prediction and avoidance of spacecraft collisions is the subject of a new article in the Editor's Vox section of the AGU publication, Eos. 

The article, Predicting and Avoiding Collisions in Space, was written by Space Weather journal editor, Delores J. Knipp.
From the article: 

"The population of objects in orbit around the Earth has dramatically increased in the past decade. In 2015 alone the International Space Station performed four collision avoidance maneuvers and the crew onboard once took shelter in the Soyuz capsule in case they needed to escape the station. Government and civilian agencies have strong interests in collision avoidance, since billions of dollars of space assets are at risk.

"Bussy-Virat et al. [2018] present an improvement of the Spacecraft Orbital Characterization Kit, which predicts the probability of collision between two space objects using advanced statistical procedures. Collision avoidance requires the knowledge of the position and velocity of all objects in orbit."

Dr. Bussy-Virat was fist author on the paper, Effects of Uncertainties in the Atmospheric Density on the Probability of Collision Between Space Objects, along with CLaSP Professor Aaron Ridley, and Joel W. Getchius. The paper was published in April, 2018. 

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