Matthew Wilkins, Islam Hussein, and Christopher Roscoe attended a workshop on Ontologies for Space Object Behavior in Tucson, AZ hosted by the University of Arizona (UA) March 8th-10th, 2016:
The goal of the workshop was to bring together an inter-disciplinary team of researchers from academia, industry, and government to tackle challenging problems in the field of space object behavior science. This included presentations from leading researchers in ontologies and space situational awareness, including Matthew Wilkins of ADS, small group breakout sessions, and hands-on computer programming exercises. On the policy side, UA hosted a panel discussion moderated by US Rep. Martha McSally and a keynote briefing by Air Force Maj. Gen. Roger Teague. The event concluded with a call to action for the research community to begin to address the challenges head-on, and ADS is proud to be a founding member of this team.
26th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, February 14-18 2016, Napa, CA
Matthew Wilkins, Islam Hussein, and Christopher Roscoe attended the 26th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting in Napa, CA on February 14-18 2016:
This conference is the first of two annual meetings of the worldwide astrodynamics community and brings together the top researches from the US, Canada, Europe, and around the globe. The ADS research team presented two papers on UCT Correlation and Uncertain Angles-only Tracking, continuing their effort to apply information theoretic methods to problems in SSA.
39th AAS Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, February 5-10 2016, Breckenridge, CO
Jason Westphal and Christopher Roscoe presented this year at the 39th AAS Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference in Breckenridge, CO on February 5-10 2016:
Hosted by the Rocky Mountain Section of the AAS, the conference focuses on novel applications of spacecraft and sensor GNC research to the entire life cycle of space missions. Drawing attendance largely from the spacecraft industry rather than the research community, the conference also held sessions on spacecraft GNC history and lessons learned from recent space missions. In the Satellite Servicing session, Jason Westphal and Christopher Roscoe presented a mission concept for a Re-usable Bird’s-Eye View for On-Orbit Satellite Servicing using CubeSats called the Augmented Situational Awareness Satellite, or ASAS, mission, building on heritage from the CPOD mission.
Maui Weekly has an article interviewing Dr. Matthew Wilkins on the NASA LADEE mission. Dr. Wilkins explains ADS’ role in supporting the mission, technical information about LADEE, and other ADS areas of expertise. You can read the article here:
Applied Defense Solutions employees will be attending the 2013 AMOS Conference this week in Maui, HI.
Matthew Wilkins will be presenting Towards an Artificial Space Object Taxonomy during the Orbital Debris Session, Chris Roscoe will be presenting Force Modeling and State Propagation for Navigation and Maneuver Planning for the Proximity Operations Nano-Satellite Flight Demonstration Mission during the Astrodynamics session, and Jacob Griesbach will present a poster on Proximity Operations Nano-Satellite Flight Demonstration (PONSFD) Rendezvous Proximity Operations Design and Trade Studies.
LADEE, Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, is scheduled for launch on September 6th, 2013. LADEE will launch from from Wallops Island on a Minotaur-V with a Star 37 upper stage.
LADEE is designed to 1) determine the composition of the lunar atmosphere and investigate the processes that control its distribution and variability, and 2) characterize the lunar exospheric dust environment and measure any spatial and temporal variability and impacts on the lunar atmosphere.
Applied Defense Solutions (ADS), headquartered in Columbia Maryland and with offices in Colorado and Virginia; and Mike Loucks of Space Exploration Engineering, are responsible for lunar trajectory and flight dynamics – the active control of the spacecraft after separation from the booster. Working under NASA Project Manager Butler Hine at NASA AMES flight center, Mike Loucks and the ADS team led by John Carrico and Lisa Policastri will monitor and adjust the orbit of the spacecraft as it approaches the moon and will direct the LADEE spacecraft into a lunar orbit following a complicated lunar insertion maneuver. This will place LADEE into a stable lunar orbit where it will conduct scientific data collection during the planned 100 day science phase. Following the science phase the flight dynamics team will manage the orbit lower and lower until the spacecraft impacts the lunar surface at a pre-planned safe location.
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Two three-unit CubeSats will demonstrate rendezvous and mechanical docking of small spacecraft in orbit. This project is expected to take three years and approximately $13.5 million in funding to develop, launch and operate. Partners on the project include Applied Defense Solutions Inc. of Columbia, Md., 406 Aerospace LLC of Bozeman, Mont., and California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo. From http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/small_spacecraft/baa.html.