Spring 2021 semester subprojects

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Image processing & classification

The Image Classification subproject aims at developing, with the help of machine learning tools, a program capable of detecting, identifying and classifying objects on images. This is the continuity of a project led during fall semester 2020, where a track detection algorithm was made for long exposure images. Using large images from the VST in Chile, we would have to perfect the detection algorithm in order to extract orbital parameters of the object, and maybe determining if the object is a debris or a satellite.

Laboratory: CVLAB

Sections: SysCom, IN

State: open

Image generation

On problem with the image classiciation project is that is require a large amount of data to train the networks and perfect the detection algorithm. This could be solved by gathering data manually with a telescope, but this is a slow process and prone to error. One idea would be to artificially generate those images, either with a GAN neural network, or by simulating what a specific satellite would look like from earth (simulating athmosphere scattering, etc..)

Laboratory: CVLAB

Sections: SysCom, IN

State: open

Data gathering and treatment

Automate the data gathering process by adding a camera on an existing telescope, and capture long exposure images of a given satellite so that our database could be improved. This would require finding the right camera, find a way to operate it from distance, process the taken image with an onboard computer, save it on a server for future use. This would also require using simulation tools to know where and when to look for the satellite

Laboratory: To be determined

Section: Any

State: Open

Simulations

When a new debris or unkown object is detected, knowing its evolution in the future is very important for predicting collisions. This project aims at conceiving a model that keep track of all the object that we have detected using the projects above, predicting their future orbits, etc...

Laboratory: ANMC

Section: Any

State: Already 1 student, possibility for multiple students, to be discussed

Mount conception - Motorisation

In collaboration with the radioastronomy project, design the motorisation part of a mount that is able to track an orbital object as is moves in the sky

Laboratory: to be determined 

Sections: MT, ME, MX, EL

State: Open

Mount conception - Structure

In collaboration with the radioastronomy project, design the structure part of a mount that is able to track an orbital object as is moves in the sky

Laboratory: to be determined 

Sections: MT, ME, MX, EL

State: Open