Space debris is a huge problem in this day and age. With every activity in space the number of manmade particles and the risk of dangerous collisions increase. Thus, it is extremely important to properly investigate the number, distribution, and development of those particles. Due to their small size this is very challenging.
The Institute for Software Technology is part of the project “Processes for improved detection, positioning and tracking of orbital objects“. In this project, novel measurement methods and solutions for complex processing of measured data are created.
Together with the SC-department “Intelligent and Distributed Systems” und group “Space Situational Awareness”, we develop the novel software BACARDI (Backbone Catalogue of Relational Debris Information). It is a catalogue for orbit information for all known spaceflight objects. Together, we provide a fitting software solution to the given problem. Additionally, using efficient optimization and parallelization, we are already able to develop the data processing tools needed for the future. For correct interpretation a high-quality visualization is vital. Our software “Space Debris Viewer“ enables this for 3D-visualisations of BACARDI-objects.