LPL Newsletter for March 2022

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

News this month is focused on efforts at LPL and UArizona to track space debris and lunar traffic jams. LPL Associate Professor Vishnu Reddy and SIE Professor Roberto Furfaro have received funding from the Air Force Research Lab in support of developing ways to detect, characterize and track objects in the space between Earth and the moon. And students working at LPL's Space Domain Awareness Lab have confirmed that the presumed SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster that's on a course to hit the moon on March 4 is actually a Chinese booster from a 2014 rocket launch.

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Director and Department Head
Roberto Furfaro of the Dept. of Systems and Industrial Engineering and Vishnu Reddy of the Dept. of Planetary Sciences at the Biosphere 2 Space Domain Awareness Observatory.

$7.5M Effort Seeks to Prevent Lunar Traffic Jams

LPL Associate Professor Vishnu Reddy and Professor Roberto Furfaro of the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering received funding from the Air Force Research Lab in support of developing ways to detect, characterize and track objects in cislunar space, or the space between Earth and the moon.

UArizona Space Domain Awareness team - including Grace Halferty, Vishnu Reddy, Adam Battle and Tanner Campbell - stand in front of the RAPTORS-1 telescope on top of Kuiper Space Sciences Building.

UArizona Students Confirm Errant Rocket's Chinese Origin, Track Lunar Collision Course

Students from the Space Domain Awareness Lab at LPL have had their eyes on the piece of space junk for weeks as they studied its rotation. They have been gathering other data as well, which they used to confirm its Chinese origin.