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Advanced Thermosphere Modelling for Orbit Prediction

Objective

The ATMOP research project aims at building a new thermosphere model with the potential to spawn an operational version. It will enable precise air drag computation which is mandatory for improved survey and precise tracking of space objects in Low Earth Orbit and the initiation of appropriate measures to minimise risks to satellites (track loss, collisions) and ground assets (re-entry zone).
The state of the thermosphere can vary rapidly and significantly in response to solar and geomagnetic activity (space weather), i.e., accurate orbit prediction requires accurate space-time nowcast and forecast of the thermosphere. Despite the presence in Europe of one of the three groups that have the capability to develop and maintain an operational semi-empirical thermosphere model (CNES/CNRS, the other two are in the US), and of one of the world leading teams in the field of physical modelling of the atmosphere (UCL), Europe has currently neither a near-real-time thermosphere prediction model nor operational services to provide regular thermosphere nowcast and forecast.
The ATMOP project is designed to fill this gap through: Defining and assessing new proxies to describe the external forcing of the thermosphere; Developing an advanced semi-empirical Drag Temperature Model (DTM) that meets the requirements for operational orbit computations; Improving physical modelling of the thermosphere to assist the development of the advanced DTM and of a global physical model with data assimilation capabilities which may ultimately become the successor to semi-empirical models; and Developing schemes for near-real-time assimilation of thermospheric and ionospheric data into an advanced predictive DTM and into the physical Coupled Middle Atmosphere-Thermosphere (CMAT2) model.
ATMOP therefore contributes to ensuring the security of space assets from space weather events (SPA.2010.2.3-01) and the development of the European capability to reduce dependence of space operations on the US.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/satellites
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

DEIMOS SPACE SOCIEDAD LIMITADA UNIPERSONAL
Address
Ronda De Poniente, Edificio Fiteni Vi, 2, 2º 19
28760 Tres Cantos (Madrid)
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 294 144,66
Administrative Contact
Marta Díaz-Pavón Escavias De Carvajal (Ms.)

Participants (7)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 470 821,01
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Guillaume Boucherle (Mr.)
COLLECTE LOCALISATION SATELLITES
France
EU contribution
€ 172 045,47
Address
11 Rue Hermes
31520 Ramonville St Agne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean-Jacques Valette (Dr.)
MET OFFICE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 169 796,61
Address
Fitzroy Road
EX1 3PB Exeter
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Jackson (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES - CNES
France
EU contribution
€ 148 199,17
Address
Place Maurice Quentin 2
75039 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Bernhard (Ms.)
University College London
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 258 869,86
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Greta Borg-Carbott (Ms.)
KYBERTEC S.R.O.

Participation ended

Czechia
EU contribution
€ 38 809,55
Address
Tovarni 1112
537 01 Chrudim Iv
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Oto Sládek (Dr.)
KONINKLIJKE STERRENWACHT VAN BELGIE

Participation ended

Belgium
EU contribution
€ 11 294,03
Address
Avenue Circulaire 3
1180 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Olivier Van De Meersche (Dr.)