IBM open-sources AI for optimizing satellite communications and predicting space debris trajectories

IBM today announced two new open source projects that aim to solve the technical challenges around cube satellites, a type of miniaturized satellite for space research, and space situational awareness. Both were built by the company’s Space Tech Hub team and are available as containerized deployments on IBM’s Red Hat OpenShift platform.

The Space Tech Hub team, led by IBM distinguished engineer and space tech CTO Naeem Altaf, often collaborates with state agencies, universities, and space technology companies to pioneer solutions for spacecraft and satellites. Today the team unveiled KubeSat, an autonomous framework designed for small satellites that supports the optimization of communications. They also unveiled the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) system, which is based on a set of algorithms that determine where human-constructed objects orbiting the Earth are located and might drift to in the future.

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