Module Development for Automatic Management of Space-related NOTAM

When the launch of a rocket is scheduled, the surrounding air space should be closed. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is set and defines the area where air travel can be hazardous. The knowledge of such announcements through Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) can be very important for the understanding of the launch capabilities, preparation and logistics. A similar procedure occurs when the re-entry for a launch module or debris is identified. However, there are so far no tool to automatically gather, analyze and visualize such events.


The main objective of the project is to develop a tool to automatically download and visualize the NOTAMs related to orbital launches or any identified space-related activities. The module has to compare new NOTAMs for evolution purposes and update the dedicated database. The student will decide to create a time-based visualization of the events via the extension of internally maintained software or the creation of a completely new module. Moreover, additional intelligence can be gathered to understand launch technical issues and delays.

Required skills

For the good realization of the project, it is recommended that the student have:
• General understanding of the orbital dynamics
• Programming skills in Java or python
• Ability to appraise and adapt the project to fulfill the needs of the Space Domain operation team
• A sense of responsibility to provide the work quality to be used for everyday application

Place of work

The student will have the opportunity to work in a stimulating environment with other students in different locations (Lausanne, Bern, Zurich) in Switzerland depending on the needs of the projects.