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NEOShield - A global approach to NEO Impact Threat Mitigation

Fitzsimmons, A. and Harris, A. W. and Barucci, M. A. and Cano, J. L. 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 Schäfer, F. (2012) NEOShield - A global approach to NEO Impact Threat Mitigation. RAS UK National Astronomy Meeting, 27-30 March 2012, Manchester, UK.

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Official URL: http://www.ras.org.uk/component/db/?task=viewrecord&report_id=1290&recid=545

Abstract

Near-Earth objects (NEOs) currently present a scientifically well-founded threat to the future of our civilization. While past impacts on the Earth have probably altered the evolutionary course of life, asteroids and comets will continue to hit the Earth at irregular intervals in the future. On-going surveys discover several hundred new NEOs each year. NEOShield is a 3.5-year, 5.8m euro, EC FP7-funded project to address critical scientific and technical issues that currently stand in the way of demonstrating the feasibility of space missions to prevent the collision of an NEO with the Earth. Detailed test-mission designs will be provided for the most feasible mitigation concepts, in preparation for future rapid development of actual test missions. The NEOShield concept includes laboratory experiments and associated modelling, combined with interpretation of relevant observational data and theoretical models of asteroid surfaces, to improve our understanding of the nature of NEOs and allow the feasibility of mitigation techniques and mission designs to be accurately assessed. An international response strategy will be considered for implementation when an actual impact threat arises. Account will be taken of complementary efforts currently in progress (e.g. by the UN, ESA, NASA).

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/75559/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Title:NEOShield - A global approach to NEO Impact Threat Mitigation
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Fitzsimmons, A.a.fitzsimmons (at) qub.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
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
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
Schäfer, F.schaefer (at) emi.fhg.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:March 2012
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Asteroids, near-Earth objects (NEOs), impact mitigation
Event Title:RAS UK National Astronomy Meeting
Event Location:Manchester, UK
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:27-30 March 2012
Organizer:Royal Astronomical Society
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Transport
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - EU Projekte Raumtransport (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research
Deposited By: Harris, Prof. Alan
Deposited On:30 May 2012 08:08
Last Modified:30 May 2012 08:08

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