Tracking Space Debris

Tracking space debris for collision avoidance and human flight safety has been a priority for government space agencies since the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957. Yet the most recent satellite collision has revealed a dangerous void in tracking capabilities, proving that without a comprehensive system, the number of space objects in orbit will only continue to increase. A comprehensive catalog of space objects being developed now for the U.S. Air Force, using Objectivity’s object-oriented database management solution (Objectivity/DB), could be the key to predicting and preventing catastrophic collisions in the future.

Using the Objectivity/DB-powered system, the U.S. Air Force will be able to track space objects in real-time, so that decisions about spacecraft placement and collision avoidance can be made in seconds, rather than hours or days. Objectivity/DB will also allow the system to scale nearly infinitely as the catalog grows larger.