The Space Environment Research Centre (SERC) collaborates with international research organisations through a suite of Memoranda of Understanding.
Space Research Institute
SERC collaborates with the Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) Observatory of the Space Research Institute, Graz, Austria through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The Space Research Institute in Graz is one of the largest Institutes of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The institute focuses on physics and exploration of the solar system, covering the whole chain of research needed in its fields: from developing and building instruments such as the SLR, to analysing and interpreting the data returned by these instruments, with support from theoretical studies.
In 2003, the Space Research Institute’s SLR became one of the most innovative SLR systems in the world after successfully developing the first high repetition rate SLR system. This system is able to provide highly accurate information about the attitude of cooperative satellites. Recent demonstrations have achieved a single photon sensitive, 100 Hz resolution, photometric system that provides highly detailed light curves of space debris objects up to geostationary orbit distances.
Space Object Behavioral Sciences
The University of Arizona Space Object Behavioral Sciences initiative, part of the Defense and Security Research Institute, is focused on locating satellites, studying the movement of objects in space, and managing space traffic.
Under the leadership of Moriba Jah, who has appointments in the UA College of Engineering and Office for Research and Discovery, the institute is tackling not only how objects behave in space but also how objects in space are affected by international laws and policies.
With its world-renowned observatories and telescopes, and pre-eminent departments and centers carrying out research in astronomy, planetary and space sciences, the University is perfectly positioned to take a leading role in protecting space capabilities and services from loss, interruption and degradation.