Identifying launch states of anthropogenic space objects using natural language processing

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2022-04-19

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Walsh, Joel Anderson

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According to the Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space of 1974, each object that is launched from Earth or earth's orbit must register with United Nations Register of Objects Launched into Outer Space (UNOOSA). The country(s) that are financially liable for these objects are called "launch states". This report describes ongoing work on a tool that takes in news reports in text format, and outputs potential launch states. This task uses a combination of techniques to include distant supervision, Named Entity Recognition, and multi-class classification.

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