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A global approach to near-Earth object impact threat mitigation

Harris, A.W. and Barucci, M.A. and Cano, J.L. and Fitzsimmons, A. and Fulchignoni, M. and Green, S.F. and Hestroffer, D. and Lappas, V. and Lork, W. and Michel, P. and Morrison, D. and Payson, D. and Schaefer, F. (2011) A global approach to near-Earth object impact threat mitigation. International Academy of Astronautics. 2011 IAA Planetary Defense Conference, 9-12 May 2011, Bucharest.



There is currently no concerted international plan addressing the impact threat and how to organize, prepare and implement mitigation measures. We report on a new international project to address impact hazard mitigation issues, being the subject of a proposal to the European Commission in response to the 2011 FP7 Call “Prevention of impacts from near-Earth objects on our planet”. Our consortium consists of 13 research institutes, universities, and industrial partners and includes leading US and Russian space organizations. The primary aim of the project, NEOShield, is to investigate in detail the three most promising mitigation techniques: the kinetic impactor, blast deflection, and the gravity tractor, and devise feasible demonstration missions. Furthermore, we will investigate options for an international strategy for implementation when an actual impact threat arises. The European Commission’s funding contribution for the successful project in this Call will be a maximum of 4 million Euro. Final confirmation of funding is preceded by a phase of negotiation between the Consortium and the European Commission. At the time of writing the proposal assessment exercise has been completed and the NEOShield proposal has far exceeded all thresholds for acceptance into the negotiation phase. We anticipate a project duration of some 3.5 years with a kick-off meeting at the end of 2011. In this paper we present a brief overview of the planned scope of the project.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/70019/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture, Paper)
Title:A global approach to near-Earth object impact threat mitigation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Harris, A.W.alan.harris (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Barucci, M.A.antonella.barucci (at) obspm.frUNSPECIFIED
Cano, J.L.juan-luis.cano (at) deimos-space.comUNSPECIFIED
Fitzsimmons, A.a.fitzsimmons (at) qub.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Fulchignoni, M.marcello.fulchignoni (at) obspm.frUNSPECIFIED
Green, S.F.s.f.green (at) open.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Hestroffer, D.hestro (at) imcce.frUNSPECIFIED
Lappas, V.v.lappas (at) surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Lork, W.Wolfram.Lork (at) Astrium.EADS.netUNSPECIFIED
Michel, P.michelp (at) oca.euUNSPECIFIED
Morrison, D.dmorrison (at) seti.orgUNSPECIFIED
Payson, D.dpayson (at) mail.ruUNSPECIFIED
Schaefer, F.schaefer (at) emi.fhg.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2011
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Publisher:International Academy of Astronautics
Keywords:Asteroids, near-Earth objects, impact threat, mitigation, European Commission FP7 programme
Event Title:2011 IAA Planetary Defense Conference
Event Location:Bucharest
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:9-12 May 2011
Organizer:International Academy of Astronautics
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Planetenforschung (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research
Deposited By: Harris, Prof. Alan
Deposited On:10 Jun 2011 11:48
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:32

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