Aerospace Engineering Area University of León/Spain

The Aerospace Engineering Area of the University of León, together with the European Space Agency and Indra, are working together to face the challenge of space debris. To this end, a study is being carried out in order to know the movement of these residues and what will be the trajectory that they will follow, so that a safer space can be guaranteed for future space missions, avoiding any risk of collision.

Since the beginning of the space age in the 1950s, countless space missions have been carried out resulting in a large amount of debris, rocket fragments, spacecraft and instruments, that remain orbiting the Earth without any control.

Although there are currently protocols to try to reduce the amount of this waste; Due to the disintegration of the same, the occupied área by them is getting bigger and bigger, which is a great problem since it is directly related to the number of collisions that will occur in the future.

Apart from the security problem that this supposes to new missions, the increase in collisions will also produce an increase in this debris, making it impossible to go out into space.

In this way, the objective of this study is to delve into the movement of this waste, executing numerous calculations from the Castilla y León Supercomputing Center (SCAYLE), located on the Vegazana Campus, based on data obtained by radar S3TDR located in Morón de la Frontera.

A project in which is analyzed the influence of the shape of the rubble and its rotational movement on its orbital movement, using only the radar data and in order to obtain improved prediction algorithms that help avoid collisions.



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