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 presented 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 in orbit to monitor threats and threats, and the so-called “space junk” Be tracked which may pose a threat. International Space Station (ISS) and its crew.
Mr Sharma said “millions of pieces of space orbiting the Earth present a significant threat to the UK’s satellite systems that provide critical services – which 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 launching today will significantly strengthen the UK’s capabilities to monitor these dangerous space objects, creating new jobs and relying on our everyday lives Will help protect services. ” 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 part of this debris can be tracked and avoided by satellites currently operating. 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 is empty. You never let a car go down a motorway filled with 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 funding include Lift Me Off, which will develop and test machine learning algorithms to differentiate between satellites and space debris, and Fujitsu that improve 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 in the UK. Andorra, based in Northern Ireland, will extend its Astronomy camera to track and map ever smaller size debris.
D-Orbit UK will use a space-based sensor to capture images of space objects on its recently launched satellite platform and will be combined with passive bistatic radar technologies developed by Stathclyde University.
And, new satellite laser techniques will be researched by Lumi Space to properly track small space objects.
The UK Space Agency revealed 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 threat, leading the ESA to conclude that they needed to get the spacecraft out of harm’s way.
The new civil and military collaboration between the UK’s Space Agency and MoD to work together on space domain awareness aims to better explain data and analysis from defense, civilian and commercial space users to ensure safety and security Is happening in the classroom. The UK licensed the satellites.
Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) is a growing international market, with advisors Eurocools and London Economics forecasting to 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 continue to work to enhance space stability Supports for