Air Force Awards UTEP Grant to Safeguard Assets in Space

01 December 2023
GeoSpatial World

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Thanks to a new five-year, $5 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Space University Research Initiative (SURI), UTEP is leading a new research effort that hopes to bring these objects to light.

Space near earth is teeming with objects, whether natural, like meteors and comets, or manmade, like satellites, spacecraft and rocket debris.

The team’s findings will be used to monitor the health of government-owned and commercial space assets and to monitor the traffic of objects in the Earth’s outer orbit to ensure that the space infrastructure responsible for services, such as GPS, is not compromised.