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Stardust Reloaded

Stardust Reloaded

Objective

The current amount of space debris in orbit combined with the expected increase in traffic due to future mega-constallations will have an unprecedented impact on the space environment, posing a serious question on its stability and resilience to any incident or anomalous event. Although statistically less likely to occur, an asteroid impact would have devastating consequences for our planet. Thus Stardust-R will address the growing need for a sustainable exploitation of space, the resilience of the space environment, the threat and opportunities coming from asteroids and comets and the compelling need for properly trained specialists who can tackle these issues.
The key scientific objectives are: 1) to globally characterise the dynamics of objects around the Earth to define disposal solutions, 2) to correlate spatially and temporally distant events and families of debris to their parent object, 3) to quantify uncertainty in celestial mechanics to accurately predict the probability of impact and collision and quantify the resilience of space systems and environment, 4) to develop AI tools and methods for space traffic management, 5) to define a criticality index for small asteroids to identify the need for exploration/characterisation, the possibility for exploitation and the method of deflection, 6) to develop a new distribution model for small size asteroids, 7) to develop systems and algorithms to explore and land on minor bodies with autonomous nano-spacecraft.
These objectives will be achieved via 15 projects developed by 15 Early Stage Researchers who will be trained in math phyisics, computer science and aerospace engineering to provide effective solutions to make the space environment resilient, space exploitation sustainable, learn more about minor bodies and ultimately protect Earth and our space assets.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

Address

Richmond Street 16
G1 1xq Glasgow

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 606 345,12

Participants (12)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 522 999,36

UNIVERSITATEA ALEXANDRU IOAN CUZA DIN IASI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 219 591,36

DEIMOS SPACE SOCIEDAD LIMITADA UNIPERSONAL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 250 904,88

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 261 499,68

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 522 999,36

DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUR KUNSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 252 788,40

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 250 904,88

ACADEMY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 243 017,64

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 252 788,40

Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 217 825,56

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 88 539,96

HYPERION TECHNOLOGIES BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 177 079,92

Partners (9)

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ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM

UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID

Arizona Board of Regents

Kyoto University

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE LTD

CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES - CNES

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 813644

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 867 284,52

  • EU contribution

    € 3 867 284,52

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

United Kingdom