Space Surveillance and Tracking

Belstead Research's aerodynamics expertise is applicable to the free molecular regime associated with orbital altitudes making it applicable to:

  • The prediction of on-orbit spacecraft attitude dynamics.
  • Enhanced orbital decay predictions.

Belstead Research has applied these capabilities in the following areas:

  • Assessment and validation of the dynamics of Cranfield University drag augmentation devices.
  • Analysis of 25 year lifetime attitude dynamics of ESA spacecraft.
  • Stochastic ground casualty risk prediction for generic re-entering objects.
  • Development of an early warning system for re-entry event response.
  • Assessment of the re-entry risk implications of mega-constellations.