International Space Station

UT students develop software to help satellites seek objects

A navigating software developed by UT students for a NASA satellite is launching today with a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

The software was developed by members of the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory, including aerospace engineering senior Gavin Martin, Carson Schubert, electrical and computer engineering junior, Nihal Dhamani, computer science and astronomy senior, and Pratyush Singh, electrical and computer engineering senior.

The satellite, called Seeker 1, is part of a NASA project to design small spacecrafts that can fly around larger ones carrying humans to conduct damage inspections or provide servicing capabilities, Martin said.

The team’s software sends information to various navigational sensors on Seeker 1 to help it maneuver, Martin said.

“We also made other images containing a non-Cygnus spacecraft so that the (software) could learn to accurately identify Cygnus.”

Schubert said ultimately, these satellites can be used to improve the safety of future space exploration.

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