AUSTIN (KXAN) – The University of Texas at Austin said Wednesday two professors will lead a research collaboration with three other universities to help the U.S. Air Force maintain security on a section of outer-space that is quickly becoming a popular venue for Earthbound companies.
UT’s announcement said the project, “Representations, Theory, and Algorithms for Autonomous Space Domain Awareness in the Cislunar Regime,” will focus on the area between Earth and the moon.
It said the project seeks to tackle the “intricate complications of monitoring and controlling activities” of what is known as cislunar space.
According to the announcement, the goals of the project are:
- Developing new methods to describe how human-made objects move in space while accounting for uncertainty in the data.
- Designing systems that can independently sense and evaluate the space environment to ensure safety and security.
- Developing algorithms for making the best decisions when maneuvering through the challenging conditions of cislunar space.
- Ensuring the reliability and accuracy of data and decision-making processes throughout the entire process.
Renato Zanetti and Ufuk Topcu, professors from the Center for Autonomy at the Oden Institute, will lead the project, UT said, and oversee the collaboration with partners from the University of Washington, Texas A&M University and the University of Colorado, Boulder.
UT also said the project got $4 million grant from the Create the Future Independent Research Effort (CFIRE).