PhD Seminar Series: “Space Domain Awareness in Cislunar Space: Optical Surveillance and Object Characterization via Light Curves” 

We will continue with our Seminar Series on Mon., 19 December 2022.

On site: Salón de Grados Leganés


For the next event in the Aerospace PhD Seminar Series, we will have the pleasure of hosting Prof. Carolin Frueh from Purdue University

The event will take place in the Salón de Grados on Monday, December 19th at 1pm, and will be streamed.

Prof. Frueh got her PhD in Physics with a Specialization in Astronomy from the University of Bern, Switzerland. She is currently a faculty member at the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue at the rank of Associate Professor. Prior to joining Purdue, she was a TEES Research Scientist at the Aerospace Department of Texas A&M University and a National Research Council postdoc with the US Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, at the Space Vehicles Directorate. She is the director of the Purdue Optical Ground Station, and the chair of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Panel on Potentially Environmentally Detrimental Activities in Space (PEDAS). Her research and expertise are focused on Space Situational Awareness and Space Domain Awareness including optical observations, multi-target tracking and detection, information theory, machine learning, low observability systems, and object characterization.

Space Domain Awareness in Cislunar Space: Optical Surveillance and Object Characterization via Light Curves


The cislunar space denotes the space between the Earth to and around the Moon. The cislunar region is the target of many scientific, and commercial missions now and in the near future. A development that immediately necessitates Space Domain Awareness (SDA)  in this new region of interest! The cislunar region is significantly different from the near-Earth region, where much of the past SDA research and development has been devoted to. Cislunar SDA (CSDA) has to deal with a much larger space, dominated by more complex gravitational forces, significantly different from the two-body problem. This necessitates new methods for establishing surveillance of the vast cislunar region. Optical sensors are a cost-efficient method that can bridge large distances for both, astrometric surveillance observations of positional information and brightness variation measurements (light curves) for the characterization of space debris and space-crafts. In this talk the options for ground-based and space-based cislunar space surveillance are discussed showing the development of new Cislunar maps leveraging the circular restricted four-body problem and the latest results in light curve inversion for shape are shown.

The seminars will begin at 13 CEST and will take place in the Auditorium Salón de Grados (Padre Soler) campus of Leganés.
No previous registration is required.

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