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Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG) Roadmap of Relevant Research for Planetary Defense V2.0

Harris, Alan and Drube, Line and Johnson, Lindley (2017) Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG) Roadmap of Relevant Research for Planetary Defense V2.0. SMPAG/ESA. [Other]

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Official URL: https://www.cosmos.esa.int/documents/336356/336472/SMPAG-RP-001_2_0_Roadmap_2017-10-11.pdf/22e24f88-3326-85c6-3322-934aa9e060df


This document is intended to be a regularly updated "roadmap", or strategy, for international mitigation-related scientific and technical activities, to serve as a guide to future efforts. The aim of the work is to monitor worldwide activity in the field of the impact hazard and highlight areas in which further scientific research and technical development work is necessary. The areas covered by this work include space-mission-related research relevant to the deflection or destruction of a threatening NEO in the light of improving scientific understanding and technological capabilities, and efforts to facilitate accurate predictions of the possible consequences of a deflection attempt and/or an impact on the Earth. Efforts relating to NEO discovery and follow-up observations are not covered here as they fall under the remit of the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN). The tasks of this SMPAG work plan activity are: 1. Monitor relevant activities of space agencies and other organizations. 2. Identify technological and scientific activities relevant to space missions for planetary defense (e.g. for in-situ reconnaissance, deflection demonstration and emergency deflection missions) requiring emphasis in future work; such activities may include mission-related observational projects, e.g. for NEO physical characterization, and laboratory experiments and modeling/analysis work. 3. Develop/update an international strategy for future missions and mission-related research and development work in support of planetary defense. 4. Analyze and report on the effectiveness of international collaboration and funding of mitigation activities. Despite significant progress over the past decade or so much more needs to be accomplished before the international community can feel adequately protected from a potentially catastrophic asteroid impact. At the present time it is felt that more effort should be devoted in particular to the development and execution of test missions to enable deflection concepts to be tried out on real asteroids, remotely-sensed physical characterization of small NEOs (radar, infrared, etc.), in-situ characterization via space missions, and the development of new deflection techniques for small NEOs. A major problem, especially in Europe at present, is the short-term nature of research funding in the field of planetary defense, and the consequent lack of continuity in efforts to minimize the permanent threat to our civilization from impacts of asteroids and comets.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/115214/
Document Type:Other
Title:Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG) Roadmap of Relevant Research for Planetary Defense V2.0
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Harris, AlanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8548-8268UNSPECIFIED
Drube, LineUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2486-8894UNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2017
Journal or Publication Title:Space Mission Planning Advisory Group Workplan Document
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Number of Pages:36
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Series Name:SMPAG Workplan Document
Keywords:Asteroid, near-Earth object, impact hazard, impact mitigation, SMPAG, United Nations
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Exploration of the Solar System
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Leitungsbereich PF
Deposited By: Harris, Prof. Alan
Deposited On:13 Nov 2017 11:13
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:12

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