Space Weather

Space weather affects our technology both in space and on Earth. In addition to threatening the health of space-based assets, space weather can impact ground-based and communications infrastructures, making space weather a concern for terrestrial national security and economic vitality. 
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The Application Usability Level Framework

Along with research partner, Dr. Adam Kellerman, an assistant researcher in Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences at UCLA, Dr. Alexa Halford is leading a worldwide effort to create the Application Usability Level framework (AUL). The AUL framework is a methodology for translating pure research into a product or solution for a scientific or practical real-world problem. Its intent is to aid in communication between researcher and user, track progress of a project towards completion, and advertise user needs and research capabilities.

The Center for Assessing Space-weather Impacts and Innovations (CASII)

As society’s reliance on technological systems grows, so does our vulnerability to space weather. To address this important phenomenon, Aerospace is creating a center where like-minded heliophysicists can collaborate to make advancements in research studies about the dynamics of space weather. The Center for Assessing Space-weather Impacts and Innovation (CASII) will focus on carrying out basic heliophysics research to improve the understanding of different types of space weather events that can result in major impacts to society.
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Breaking Space: A Discussion on Space Weather Disturbance and Spectrum Interference

Our society is becoming ever more dependent on space — and with that dependence comes the risk of disruption and interference from adversaries, allies, and nature itself. Join the Center for Space Policy and Strategy at the Rayburn House, Washington, D.C. on December 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for panel discussions on the challenges posed by spectrum interference and space weather disruption, and what might be done to overcome those challenges.
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NIRAC Camera Captures Atmospheric Glow

The Earth’s atmosphere is never completely dark. Even at night, the atmosphere gives off light because of chemical reactions that are taking place. This phenomenon, known as airglow, has inspired an Aerospace team to develop a camera to capture airglow effects and its stunning imagery.
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REACH Monitors the Space Radiation Environment

Space weather or space threat? As space becomes increasingly contested, satellite operators must be able to identify and discriminate between natural and man-made threats to the space enterprise. The REACH (Responsive Environmental Assessment Commercially Hosted) project can solve these problems.

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