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Cloud computing for planetary defense

Johnston, S., Takeda, K., Lewis, H.G., Cox, S.J. and Swinerd, G.G. (2009) Cloud computing for planetary defense At Microsoft eScience Workshop. 15 - 17 Oct 2009. 2 pp, pp. 1-2.

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In this paper we demonstrate how a cloud-based computing architecture can be used for planetary defense and space situational awareness (SSA). We show how utility compute can facilitate both a financially economical and highly scalable solution for space debris and near-earth object impact analysis. As we improve our ability to track smaller space objects, and satellite collisions occur, the volume of objects being tracked vastly increases, increasing computational demands. Propagating trajectories and calculating conjunctions becomes increasingly time critical, thus requiring an architecture which can scale with demand. The extension of this to tackle the problem of a future near-earth object impact is discussed, and how cloud computing can play a key role in this civilisation-threatening scenario

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Submitted date: October 2009
Published date: October 2009
Venue - Dates: Microsoft eScience Workshop, 2009-10-15 - 2009-10-17
Keywords: space debris, situational awareness, satellites, near-earth objects, asteroid, cloud computing, microsoft
Organisations: Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics, Astronautics Group


Local EPrints ID: 71883
PURE UUID: 78c2eaff-9aaa-4fd6-8d8a-4c8b86f29b2f
ORCID for S. Johnston: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 08 Jan 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:57

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