Clouds in Space: Scientific Computing using Windows Azure
In this paper, the authors report upon the cloud-based solution that they designed and implemented for space situational awareness. They begin by introducing the background to the work and to the area of space situational awareness. This concerns tracking the hundreds of thousands of known objects in near-Earth orbits, and determining where it is necessary for satellite operators to conduct collision-avoidance manoeuvres to protect their satellites. They also discuss active debris removal, which would be necessary to stabilize the debris population at current levels. They examine the strengths that cloud-based solutions offer in general and how these specifically fit to the challenges of space situational awareness, before describing the architecture they designed for this problem.