Satellites, Space Debris and How to Find Them

02 mei 2022 19:00 – 22:00
Locatie: Universiteit Antwerpen, Campus Groenenborger, Groenenborgerlaan 171, Antwerpen, België
Categorie: Jong

Speaker: Dr. Romain Lucken, Co-Founder & CEO of Share My Space

Language: English


Satellites are part of our everyday life for matters as essential as positioning and navigation, weather forecast, climate change monitoring, intelligence and telecommunication. Government and commercial entities have been deploying satellites into Earth orbits for 65 years resulting in thousands of fragments of man-made objects left in outer space: space debris. Satellites and space debris typically travel at speeds between 4 and 10 km/s, and a single collision can easily destroy any space infrastructure, hence disrupting critical services. At the same time, the number of satellites being deployed every year has been multiplied by 15 in 5 years, causing space traffic to be more and more congested, particularly in low Earth orbits. Therefore, the capacity to monitor all the objects in orbit is becoming essential to secure space assets. So how can it be done in a way that is efficient and affordable?
Traditionally, military radars have been used to monitor low Earth orbits while optical systems are used mainly for higher orbits. Share My Space has developed and patented a technology based on optical systems to build larger catalogue of space objects and deliver safety and intelligence services to the space community. This will secure civil and military assets in outer space, and ensure that the orbital environment remains sustainable.

Practical information:

Location: Universiteit Antwerpen, Campus Groenenborger, auditorium V.009, Groenenborgerlaan 171, 2020 Antwerpen.

Participation is free of charge for KVCV-members, KDA-members pay 2 EUR and non-members 4 EUR.

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