Week 1: Finding and Collecting Data

Apr 04, 2021

Hello and welcome back!

This past week I have made small progress on the overall progress of the project itself, but worked a lot on trying to layout a successful plan for the next few weeks. One of my main focuses this week was to do a little bit more research on data sets and ways to use and represent the data I am trying to collect. So far I have found overall summaries of data sets and general trends that are seen with space junk, but I have not yet been able to find raw data that I could use to start creating my own models.

In the past, I thought I might have a problem with the scarcity of raw data on the internet and had found some alternatives.The most promising so far has been the idea of synthesizing my own data. If in the next few weeks, if I am unable to get hold of enough data, I could perhaps create my own data set from overall data trends (mean, median, mode), data I have found, and standard distributions. All of these elements can be applied to both the speed and position of the space junk. With these few numbers, I would be able to create new data that isn’t necessarily “real” data points or “real” pieces of space junk. However, they work as perfect substitutes for what I don’t have. In turn, I would be able to have accurate data, accurate models and graphs, and accurate findings at the end of my research.

The one other thing I worked on this week was planning out how exactly my final project would look. Although I may be in the early stages of creating my result, I want to create a goal that I can achieve in the next few weeks. Whether or not it changes or not will be dependent on what I find and the amount of time I have. I want my final project to show people in an intuitive way why space junk is a problem as well as the best solutions so far. Both of these would require the same data but different types of models to be successful at telling people what I want to tell them.

Work cited:

Garcia, M. (2015, April 14). Space debris and human spacecraft. Retrieved April 05, 2021, from https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/news/orbital_debris.html

Orbital debris – eoPortal directory – satellite missions. (n.d.). Retrieved April 05, 2021, from https://directory.eoportal.org/web/eoportal/satellite-missions/o/orbital-debris

– Liam Duffy

4 Replies to “Week 1: Finding and Collecting Data”

  1. Elizabeth C. says:

    Your work is fascinating, and I particularly enjoy your ingenuity in deriving your own data from existing materials. Great job!

  2. Brett G. says:

    You have a really strong plan and outline for your project research. It is great you are problem-solving around potential issues you may face along the way. I can’t wait to read more!

  3. Jacob H. says:

    It’s so interesting to read about your process of coming up with a method to obtain reliable data. It’s great how you walk us through the concept of synthesizing data, I’m excited to read more!

  4. Asha W. says:

    I love how you place so much importance on organization, it shows how devoted you are to this project. I’m excited to see what you come up with, good luck!

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