space-station-safety-networkOur solution is to install a sensor network on board space stations that would help in detection of space debris and environment fluctuations as well as aid in damage inspection. In case of space debris, the sensor network would also send direct commands to the crew to avoid on coming objects.
This project is solving the Sensor Yourself challenge. Description
General Network Workings
-A sensor network that provides full surface coverage is installed on the space station -Each node contains a cluster of useful sensors 1. Temperature sensor 2. Atomic oxygen sensor 3. Pressure sensor 4. Ultrasonic sensor 5. Speed sensor 6. IR camera 7. Visible light camera 8. Humidity sensor other sensors can also be added -Data collected from these sensors is constantly analyzed and compared against default readings -When a deviation is detected the sensors at the area of interest are sampled at a higher frequency in order to help quickly determine the danger and/or damage. This also produces a more accurate and insightful event report. -Cameras located closest to the area of interest can be used to further inspect any damage.
Space Debris in Depth
-Because space debris can cause a lot of considerable damage and require speedy action, we have decided to directly send alert signals to the crew whenever an ultrasonic and/or a speed sensor detect motion. These alert signals will include the object’s velocity and distance, time of impact, as well as appropriate commands (e.g. “Move Right”).
-The crew can use the cameras in order to see and learn more about any oncoming object. Furthermore, Cameras are also wired to start automatically recording whenever motion is detected. -We hope that the installation of our safety network would aid in decreasing environment related disasters in space.
We modeled our solution around a space station, but the same network can also be installed on board satellites, probes, or any space shuttle.
License: GNU Affero General Public License 3.0 (AGPL-3.0)"