Tracking space hammers with AI

With over 3,000 satellites orbiting and 10,000+ more on the horizon, the issue of space junk has become increasingly important. Humans could face a future where we become trapped by our own space junk debri. Thankfully, Araz and Siamak are working to track and avoid these flying hammers.

Guests

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Araz Feyzi

CTO at Kayhan Space

Araz is CTO and co-founder of Kayhan Space. He has a master’s in Information Systems and has been a part of two successful startups. He joined Duetto, a B2B SaaS startup as an early employee and left to co-found Syfer, a cybersecurity startup. He has over 10 years of experience in technology and analytics, working for startups, as well as Fortune 500 companies. One of his strengths is leveraging technology to solve real problems. Araz is an engineer by training and a data scientist.

 

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Siamak Hesar

CEO at Kayhan Space

Siamak is CEO and co-founder of Kayhan Space. Siamak holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a focus on precise orbit determination. He has supported several NASA missions in the past, most notably as a radio science working group (RSWG) team member for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission, where he helped implement an operational orbit determination framework for the RSWG. Prior to Kayhan Space, Siamak worked as Chief Scientist at SpaceNav LLC., where he led several software development efforts for various private and governmental organizations focusing on operational orbit determination, realistic uncertainty propagation, and collision risk assessment and mitigation.


A piece of debri the size of a penny going 20,000 km/hr can still destroy a satellite.
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Having the capability to respond quickly and autonomously is important if a breakup happens and new unknown debri is created.

Are we facing a future where we can’t go to space anymore because it is too dangerous?
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