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

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Venue - Dates: Microsoft eScience Workshop, 2009-10-15 - 2009-10-17
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Keywords: space debris, situational awareness, satellites, near-earth objects, asteroid, cloud computing, microsoft

Organisations: Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics, Astronautics Group
ePrint ID: 71883
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October 2009Submitted
October 2009Published
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2010
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 20:59
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