Innovators at NASA’s Johnson Space Center have developed a sophisticated radar analysis tool to analyze ascent debris from space shuttle launches. The Debris Examination Using Ballistic and Radar Integrated Software (DEBRIS) tool was developed to support NASA’s Debris Radar (NDR) system and provides rapid and accurate C-band and X-band radar analysis to assess threats to ongoing missions from debris. Jointly developed by JSC and the United States Air Force (USAF), the system is comprised of two applications: the primary DEBRIS tool, which observes the initial 150 seconds of flight, and the Automated Radar Debris Examination Tool (ARDENT) which observes the 150-480 second time segment of the flight. The tool provides greatly improved analysis capacity over earlier manual processes, allowing up to four times as much data to be analyzed by one-quarter of the personnel. This software may be released for U.S. Government purposes only.
This technology is being made available through JSC’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office, which seeks to transfer technology into and out of NASA to benefit the space program and U.S. industry. NASA invites companies to consider licensing this technology for commercial applications.
If you would like more information about this technology or about NASA’s technology transfer program, please contact:Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office