Space4 combines UArizona’s moonshot culture with the brightest minds in space surveillance, planetary defense, astrodynamics, machine learning, and data science.
The result? Game-changing capabilities and a workforce that meets the national security demands of the new space economy for you, for Arizona, and for the nation.
Housed within Research, Innovation and Impact, Space4 is a group of researchers with trusted and demonstrated expertise in science and engineering.
Together, we are committed to ensuring responsible, peaceful, and sustainable access to and exploration of all orbital regimes in the Earth-Moon system for future generations.
We love what we do and invite you to engage with Space4.
Orbital space around Earth has become congested and competitive. The Space4 Center is developing solutions to ensure that the use of orbital space remains sustainable and safe.
Between 20,000 and 100,000 new satellites are forecast to be launched into space over the next decade, potentially creating a space traffic jam if not managed in a sustainable way. That's where Space4 comes in.
Space4 and Faculty
We offer three types of seed grants to faculty across all units to support research-related travel, development of white papers, and proposal development.
Space4 and Students
We offer experiential learning opportunities to develop and expand the future workforce in commercial, academic, and governmental space careers.
Space4 and Partners
Beyond campus, we partner with government, industry, and other academic institutions to provide continuing education and interdisciplinary research expertise.
Hear from two of our founders about the challenges and opportunities in the orbital space between Earth and the moon that drove the conception of Space4, and the mission that keeps us going.
Roberto Furfaro explains space domain awareness and tracking space objects, from data to actionable intelligence.
“It’s the connection to my childhood that makes me want to do astronomy every night.” Vishnu Reddy discusses how stars and space captivated him as a kid growing up in rural India.
UArizona: Space is Wildcat Country
in NASA funding
in Physical Sciences funding
in research expenditures among public universities
overall in FY21 expenditures
to lead a NASA mission to an asteroid and back
unique telescopes operated worldwide
Largest optics program in the US
James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences
>14K near-Earth objects (about half of the known NEO population)
>100K non-hazardous Main Belt asteroids and hundreds of comets
in research activity