Space Activity Heat Map

A Global Heatmap of Space Activities

What is the state of “space activities” globally, across countries, agencies, and projects?

A global perspective of space activity is currently not available. This project seeks to create a viewer of space activities through the lens of their key benefits, drivers, and end goals, tracked at the project level over time, investment level, and geographic location. By visualizing space activities and how they are globally spread across our planet, the heat map will provide a rich perspective about the diversity of space activities globally, and allow stakeholders to engage with such information to help understand and drive future space-related activities. A visual, dynamic, and interactive framing of the benefits of space that will allow a broader set of stakeholders to engage with the information and take part in shaping future projects.

Key Accomplishments

A prototype for the Global Heat Map of Space visualization tool has been developed. Next year, the team will refine and build out the prototype’s functionality and user interface. Once the tool is completed, it will serve to inform decision making and investment, and for general awareness of space activities.

White Paper on “Global Space Heat Map” Project (Year 1)

Project contact: 

Chris Bryan

Funding years:



Team members

Chris Bryan

Asst Professor – ASU School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence

Rejane Cantoni

Ms. Cantoni is based in São Paulo, Brazil. She holds several postgraduate degrees and taught art and technology at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. Her installations use sound, visuals and touch to allow the public to explore unique environments.

Mohamed Chehab

Computer Systems Engineering student, ASU

Rohan Gosavi

Computer Science student, ASU

Lisa Jones

Vice President, Maxar Technologies

Teri Knoll Binaei

Art Producer, Art+Production

Chris Lewicki

President and Chief Asteroid Miner, Planetary Resources, The Planetary Society

Ellen Stofan

Under Secretary for Science and Research, Smithsonian Institution

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