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Missouri S&T was well represented at the Seventh European Conference on Space Debris April 17-21 at the European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany. The conference attracted attendees from all over the globe, and was featured prominently in media, including the Washington Post, space.com, Space Daily, and The Guardian.
Dr. Kyle DeMars, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, presented a study of information-theoretic methods to determine intervals during which space objects, such as active satellites or space debris, come into contact with one another, aiming to provide improved awareness regarding on-orbit collisions.
Dr. Bill Schonberg, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, presented the results of a study supported by the NASA Engineering Safety Center. The research is aimed at developing new response characterization equations for cryogenic fuel-tanks on spacecraft if they were to be hit by a piece of space debris while in earth orbit.