Assisting Time-Critical Decision-Making in the Space Situational Awareness Domain

The space environment is cluttered with significant amounts of debris, which poses a threat to weather satellites, communication satellites, and other space assets given their high velocities. The Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) keeps a track of thousands of space objects with priority given to active satellites. Keeping the space object catalog updated is a primary objective of JSpOC, and it takes up a significant portion of the resources available. However, non-routine events occur in space and in order to gather information to ascertain the nature of such events, analysts are required to consider multiple hypotheses and task sensors to gather evidence. In essence, data from multiple sensors should be gathered within a short periods of time to maintain space situational awareness. This requires decision support tools and the cognitive engineering center is researching ways to provide assistance in the decision making process.

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Cognitive Engineering Center (CEC)
Georgia Institute of Technology
270 Ferst Drive
Atlanta GA 30332-0150