ThinkTank Maths secures funding for SST Project

ThinkTank Maths Limited (TTM) secured financing for the development of enhanced Space Maths for space surveillance and tracking (SST).

The overcrowding of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) is a rapidly growing problem due to the proliferation of satellites endangering vital economic and societal activities. To achieve economic continuity and security along with lower insurance costs, the position uncertainty of space-objects in LEO has to be reduced. Enhanced orbital trajectory prediction and object collision risk reduction will help safeguard both commercial and military assets and operations.

TTM is achieving this through novel abductive inference methods to fuse complex heterogenous data sets. This capability will reduce satellite fuel burn from unnecessary avoidance manoeuvres extending the operational life of spacecraft. Generating less space debris will support safe and sustainable development of LEO.

TTM is developing an SST solution with novel Space Maths – a mathematical framework and context specific algorithms. These go beyond the current use of statistical analysis methods; Gaussian distribution or stochastic modelling (random probability distribution) to deal with uncertainty and risk in LEO.

Our software automatically collects data from a variety of sources to give enhanced position accuracy for space objects. Through TTM’s augmented intelligence system (TRA™) we can provide decision intelligence at the speed of relevance to satellite operators, ‘because modelling the past does not predict the future’.

TTM has worked since 2018 with Dr Moriba Jah, Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, and Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at Privateer Space. Dr Jah is a globally recognised subject matter expert, space environmentalist and astrodynamicist.

The project consolidates TTM’s relationship with SaxaVord Spaceport; together we will develop safe and accurate orbital insertion services for SaxaVord launch clients.

TTM’s technology is fully aligned with Space Scotland’s Sustainable Space Roadmap, and creates competitive Scottish/UK Space Surveillance and Tracking capability for global Government and commercial markets.