“Project Icarus: LEO Orbit Debris Removal” is an AGI initiative to develop a collaborative STK project, which will bring to the university community a process used in commercial and government organizations.
With more than 12,000 catalogued objects orbiting Earth, and even more ‘space junk,’ finding a solution for removing orbital debris in the densely populated Low Earth Orbit (LEO) has become a hot topic in the aerospace industry. With Project Icarus, AGI is putting the task of developing a plan for debris removal to students around the world.
Here’s how it works:
Teachers propose their students work on an aspect of the project, possibly as an individual or group student project for grading and evaluation purposes. They will then post the best solutions on AGI’s STK Data Federate, where they advance to the world-wide community level. Other universities will contribute different aspects of the project, and where there are compatibility issues, teams will need to challenge each other by questioning and refining each other’s assumptions to achieve an agreed upon solution. This will present students with a wonderful opportunity to work with other groups to design specific mission parts and understand how to work with other departments to create and modify their research and design.
This collaborative effort will be open to all students, not just those enrolled in classes belonging to the Educational Alliance Program.