Good Governance for the Final Frontier

The University of Arizona was the first university to head science operations for a NASA planetary mission – the Phoenix Mars Lander – and leads the billion-dollar OSIRIS-REx mission to sample an asteroid. The UA is now applying this unrivaled space science and engineering experience to the growing crisis of orbital debris.

The Space Object Behavioral Sciences initiative, part of the University’s Defense and Security Research Institute, brings together globally recognized experts in space systems, imaging technology and high-capacity cyberinfrastructure to address the challenges of space debris.

This knowledge is critical not only to locating satellites and spacecraft debris but also to predicting their movement, preventing collisions and protecting space capabilities and services from loss, interruption and degradation.