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  • Moriba Jah On Panel at Space Symposium

    Moriba Jah
    Wednesday, April 13, 2016
    Space Object Behavioral Sciences director Moriba Jah, second from left, discussed solutions for space congestion at a panel on April 13 at the 32nd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. With him from left are George C. Nield, associate administrator for commercial space transportation, Federal Aviation Administration; Andrew D’Uva, president, Providence Access Co. and adviser, Space Data Association; Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president, government strategy and policy, U.S. Government Business Unit, Inmarsat; and moderator Kay Sears, vice president, strategy and business development, Loc... Read More
  • Aerospace Engineer Moriba Jah Plans To Be Earth's First Space Traffic Controller

    Moriba Jah
    Friday, March 11, 2016
    Moriba Jah's new initiative would see University of Arizona do for space traffic what MIT did for the Apollo program. “Space is not a safe environment to operate in,” says aerospace engineer Moriba Jah. With the public and private sector both rushing towards space, satellite coverage is turning near-Earth orbit into an obstacle course. Humans need to not just keep better track of all the objects zipping around in space, but to understand their behavior better and learn if and how they can be managed. In other words, the space industrial complex needs to avoid burying itself before it evolves i... Read More
  • UA's Space Expertise Seen as Key for US Security

    The UA's Moriba Jah is the director of a new initiative in space object behavioral sciences. (Photo: Ernesto Trejo/UANews)
    Thursday, March 10, 2016
    A new UA research initiative in space object behavioral sciences, headed by Moriba Jah, is regarded as vital to a deeper understanding of global issues. With its recently launched research initiative focused on space object behavioral sciences, the University of Arizona is uniquely positioned at the forefront of a field that has implications for national security. "We can't look at space as a peaceful sanctuary any longer," said Air Force Maj. Gen. Roger Teague, who spoke Thursday on the UA campus after a panel discussion moderated by U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), a retired Air Force col... Read More
  • UA Leads Effort to Understand, Track Space Junk

    Computer generated image of objects in Earth orbit. Approximately 95 percent of the objects in this illustration are orbital debris (i.e., not functional satellites).
    Thursday, March 10, 2016
    Millions of objects are floating around the Earth in space, from flakes of paint to rocket bodies several meters wide that pose a danger to working spacecraft.  The University of Arizona will take on the task of identifying, tracking and predicting the debris’ movements. A piece of space junk the size of a grapefruit traveling at six kilometers per second can create 100,000 to 200,000 pieces of debris if it hits even a spacecraft the size of a large suitcase. That’s the situation facing military, government and commercial space organizations. Experts from those fields met at UA this week to be... Read More
  • The Sky Is Falling

    Thursday, February 11, 2016
    Day two of Data Harmony Users Group (DHUG) was kicked off with Dr. Moriba Jah from the University of Arizona and Director, Space Object Behavioral Sciences at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Dr. Jah started the session by talking trash. As an astrodynamicist with expertise in quantifying, assessing, and predicting the behavior of objects in space via multi-source information fusion, he is well versed in space trash. Dr. Jah’s presentation is unique as it is not among the client presentations showing how they use the products of Access Innovations. This presentation is designed to give a rea... Read More

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