Orbit Computation of Resident Space Objects for Space Situational Awareness
Funding Agency: National Super Computing Mission, DST
Start Date: 2021-04-01 Duration: 2023-03-31
PI: Sanat K Biswas
Due to increased human activity in the last two decades, near-earth space is becoming congested from functional/non-functional satellites and space debris. These space objects of human origin along with natural asteroids and space weather possess natural, accidental or intentional threats to the functional and expensive satellites. Currently Space Surveillance Network (SSN) owned by USA provides orbit information for various Resident Space Objects, which are less accurate. Additionally, India depends on Combined Space Operation Centre (CSpOC) for threat alerts from RSO for active space missions. In this project, we are developing a prototype computationally efficient orbit computation software tool for RSO using NSM infrastructure. It is expected that the outcome of the project will contribute towards India's self-reliance in risk assessment for space assets by providing operationally flexible, scalable, transparent, and indigenous collision probability solution.