The fall semester Brown Bag Seminar Series features graduate students providing presentations on their current research and recent internships. The final presentation of this series will take place on Wednesday, December 2nd, featuring grad student Aimee Fanter presenting “Space Traffic Control Systems Development & Analysis”.
This series of presentations will be held in the Space Studies Library at noon. Lunch will be served. All funded grad students are expected to attend.
About the topic: The commercialization of space will become routine in the future and the risk of conflict between commercial air traffic and space traffic will see an increase. The development of a space traffic control system, SPATRACS, integrates sensor information, provides collision avoidance information, and de-conflicts flight planning. A space traffic control system is critical for future operations in the space industry to cope with congestion. The future evolution of SPATRACS will continue to be based on the ATC system, but many areas still need to address that are space oriented. Achieving international agreements and enforcing regulations are major concerns in SPATRACS. The integration and development of SPATRACS is challenging and requires additional government support and technology to be successful.
About the presenter: Aimee Fanter graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2014 with a major in Air Traffic Control and a minor in Space Studies. As an undergrad, she was involved in many organizations on campus and tutored students at different elementary schools in reading. During her undergraduate career she has had the opportunity to focus on her two passions- aviation and space. Aimee has continued her interests in aviation by building experimental aircraft and volunteering for the past six years at the Capital City Airport who is partnered with the Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education. She was a main lead student building experimental aircraft in the program that provides students with experiences in aeronautical engineering, flight, aircraft maintenance, and space systems. Aimee is pursuing combining both aviation and space as her future goals.
For information on the Brown Bag Seminar Series, please contact Space Studies faculty member Dr. Vadim Rygalov.