Exclusive: New tools visualize the immense space junk problem
October 4, 2022
Privateer — a company focused on understanding and tracking space junk — is rolling out and updating tools to accurately visualize the orbital debris problem, the company's chief scientist tells Axios.
Why it matters: Scientists think there are millions of pieces of space junk swirling above our planet speeding in excess of 17,000 mph and threatening functional satellites in orbit.
- Tracking this junk and getting a sense for what it's all doing up there will allow mission managers to keep their spacecraft safe while also aiding in the fight against this looming environmental problem.
Driving the news: Privateer is updating its Wayfinder tool, which provides a near real-time, no-cost look at where satellites and space junk are at any given time.
- The company is also rolling out Crow's Nest, a feature that will allow users to see and track possible close calls and collisions in space.
- Crow's Nest also lists the top 20 "highest probability collision events at any given moment" when someone goes on the website, according to Privateer's chief scientist Moriba Jah.
- These tools use publicly available data from NASA and other organizations as well as atmospheric and probabilistic models to create a publicly available, accurate map of what's happening in orbit.
Read the full article here: https://www.axios.com/2022/10/04/space-junk-visualization-tools