Project Icarus: LEO Orbit Debris Removal
Since there are many concepts for effectively removing debris from the LEO regime, groups may propose and evaluate various methods and the consequences of implementing each of those methods. Each group of participants should choose to concentrate on a specific aspect of the larger system and coordinate with the other groups (from all universities) to ensure each subsystem integrates well with the whole.
Regardless of the method for debris removal, there are certain universal considerations that will require more in- depth analysis. Some participants may choose to concentrate on a variety of orbit designs that maximize removal opportunities and minimize launch cost. Others may consider various configurations of ground facilities (how many and where) that would satisfy Command and Control requirements. And still others might wish to delve deeper into designing the necessary communications or on-board power generation and accompanying subsystems. These are merely suggestions and aren’t intended to be all-encompassing, so please continue to brainstorm other required subsystems and present them to the rest of the groups. Also, multiple groups focusing on a common subsystem and sharing their results is perfectly acceptable and a good way to refine a potential design.
The first step is to narrow down what aspect of the topic you would like to pursue, and submit an initial proposal. Include the crucial elements required to bring the project to a successful conclusion, and for your students to meet your course objectives. The project has no defined end date and we will encourage students to continue their participation outside of their course requirements. Subsequent classes will be free to continue the work of previous participants. We encourage you to get other university classes involved, and we will offer an option so that any student can participate, even if their class is not an educational partner.
Throughout the project each group will be responsible for regularly updating the rest of the groups with their progress (working more closely with any groups designing related segments of the system). AGI engineers will act as gate keepers to the ideas submitted and ask questions or point out problem areas to the students. AGI will also provide periodic incentives and rewards to students/teams who make contributions which advance the project in a constructive manner. Below you will find descriptions of AGI systems you can use for this collaboration – specifically the online Student Exchange Forum for communicating with other groups and the STK Data Federate for sharing STK scenarios and related files. You can find more information on the SDF via the Managing content with the STK Data Federate webinar, where we explore the STK Data Federate for managing files, scenarios, and other content with version control, security settings and user groups for enterprise collaboration.