AAE Colloquium: Thomas Schildknecht
|Event Date:||December 6, 2019|
|School or Program:||Aeronautics and Astronautics
Observing and Characterizing Space Debris at the SwissOGS
Director of Swiss Optical Ground Station and Geodynamics Observatory Zimmerwald
This presentation will describe current space debris research activities to detect and characterize space debris at the Swiss Optical Ground Station and Geodynamics Observatory Zimmerwald. In particular, optical techniques to detect track and characterize space objects including small-size debris will be presented and illustrated with examples from the long-standing observation programs of the Astronomical Institute of the University of Bern (AIUB).
Dr. Thomas Schildknecht is the director of the Swiss Optical Ground Station and Geodynamics Observatory Zimmerwald and is leading the Optical Astronomy Group of the Astronomical Institute of the University of Bern, Switzerland. His research combines an interest in astrodynamics and optical survey observations, with particular emphasis on space debris and space situational awareness. He has more than 25 years of experience in space debris research and established a research group that asserts a world-leading position in optical space debris surveillance and characterization. In this context, he conducted numerous European Space Agency (ESA) studies for the optical detection of space debris and Space Situational Awareness in general. He is a member of the ESA delegation in the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC), a member of the Swiss delegation in UNCOPUOS and the Chair of the ESA Space Situational Awareness Advisory Group, advising the ESA Director responsible for the Space Safety (SSA) programme.