Britain’s Foreign Minister for Trade, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma on Wednesday confirmed a GBP 1 million government investment among seven companies to tackle satellites of everyday importance to deal with threats posed by space debris.
Seven projects will develop new sensor technology or artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor dangerous space debris.
As part of a broader strategy, the UK Space Agency has signed a formal agreement with the Ministry of Defense (MoD) to work together to monitor threats and threats and track the so-called “space junk” Which can cause danger. International Space Station (ISS) and its crew.
Mr Sharma said, “The millions of pieces of space orbiting the Earth pose a significant threat to the UK’s satellite systems, providing critical services that we provide to all of us – from mobile communications to weather forecasts . “
“By developing new AI and sensor technology, the seven pioneering space projects we’re doing today are helping the UK monitor these dangerous space objects, create new jobs and protect dependent services in our daily lives. Will greatly strengthen the capabilities. ” Minister born in India said
Estimates of the amount of space debris in orbit, totaling more than 160 million orbital objects larger than 1 cm by about 900,000 pieces of space.
Only a fraction of this debris can be tracked and avoided by currently working satellites. The UK government says this satellite is an important opportunity to benefit from the new era of megaconstellation – the vast network that is made up of hundreds or thousands of spacecraft – so it is more important than ever to track this debris effectively is.
“People probably don’t realize how much space has changed. You never let a car go down a motorway full of broken glass and debris, and yet that’s what the satellite and space station do in their orbital lanes. I have to navigate every day, ”said Graham Turncock, CEO of the UK Space Agency.
“In this new era of space, the UK has a unique opportunity to lead the way in monitoring and tackling this space junk. This funding will help us achieve this opportunity and the expertise and nationwide to do so Looking for new high-level jobs., “She said.
Projects being offered new funds include Lift Me Off, which will develop and test machine learning algorithms to differentiate between satellites and space debris, and Fujitsu that improves mission planning for debris removal Are combining machine learning and quantum-driven processing.
Two companies, Deimos and Northern Space and Security, will develop new optical sensors to track space objects from the UK, while based in Northern Ireland, to track their astronomy camera and map ever smaller size debris Will increase.
D-Orbit UK will use a space-based sensor on its recently launched satellite platform to capture images of space objects and pair it with passive bistatic radar technologies developed by the University of Strathclyde.
And, new satellite laser techniques will be researched by Lumi Space to properly track small space objects.
The UK Space Agency reported that a close call came last year in which a GBP 100 million spacecraft was operated by the European Space Agency (ESA) to light its thrusters to dodge the satellite.
A skirmish between the spacecraft was some distance away, but the trajectories posed a considerable threat that the ESA concluded they needed to get the spacecraft out of harm’s way.
The new civil and military collaboration, aimed at working together between the UK Space Agency and MoD on space space awareness, aims to bring together data and analytics from defense, civil and commercial space users to better understand security and What is happening in the classroom to ensure safety. The UK licensed the satellites.
Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) is a growing international market, with advisors Eurocools and London Economics forecasting to potentially reach over GBP 100 million.
The UK Space Agency believes that as a world-leader in small satellite technology, telecommunications, robotics and Earth observation, the UK can work with global partners, such as the US, to continuously work to enhance space stability Supports to do.