Space Environment Modeling/Prediction

This project will develop (i) a weather prediction model extending from Earth's surface to the edge of space and (ii) a micrometeoroid detection and risk assessment system that, together, predict the environmental conditions needed for safe orbital, entry, descent and landing operations. The project will develop a whole atmosphere model (WAM) that includes assimilation of real-time data throughout the atmosphere (0-600 km), and that will seamlessly provide neutral and ionosphere densities and wind forecasts throughout the orbital (200-400 km), entry (~80-200 km), and descent and landing (0-80 km) operational regimes. The project will provide the first characterization of meteoroid parameters, including density, in order to provide satellite risk assessment.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Commercial Space Transportation, Orbital Space Traffic Management; Commercial Space Transportation, Commercial Space.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Davidian, Ken

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Colorado, Boulder

    130 Academy Building, 970 Aurora Avenue
    Boulder, CO  United States  80309

    Stanford University

    320 Panama Street
    Stanford, CA  United States  94305
  • Principal Investigators:

    Fuller-Rowell, Timothy

    Close, Sigrid

  • Start Date: 20110401
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130531
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30462

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489594
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 10-C-CST-SU, 10-C-CST-CU
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 13 2013 1:01AM