Junking orbital junk? The mind behind ASTRIAGraph database project hopes to ‘make space transparent’

Forty-five years after the United States entered into the Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space, one of its citizens has some doubts about the way it’s working out.

The convention, administered by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), might not be capturing all the information it should do about human-made objects escaping from the Earth’s atmosphere, Professor Moriba Jah, an aerospace engineer at the University of Texas at Austin, told The Register.

Jah, who is also director of computational astronautical science and technologies at the Oden Institute, leads a project to help to try to tackle the problem. ASTRIAGraph is designed to track space objects, both functioning hardware and abandoned junk. It is built around the Neo4j graph database to connect disparate sources of data detailing the location and origins of human-made items in space.

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