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The European Union funded NEOShield project: 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 Schäfer, F. (2013) The European Union funded NEOShield project: A global approach to near-Earth object impact threat mitigation. Acta Astronautica, 90, pp. 80-84. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.08.026. ISSN 0094-5765.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.08.026


Although discussions are underway within the Action Team 14 of the United Nations COPUOS, there is currently no concerted international plan addressing the impact threat from near-Earth objects (NEOs) 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 submitted 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 from 6 countries 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 NEOShield project was formally accepted by the European Commission on 17 November 2011 and funded with a total of 5.8 million Euros for a period of 3.5 years. The kick-off meeting took place at the DLR Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin, in January 2012. In this paper we present a brief overview of the planned scope of the project.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/78269/
Document Type:Article
Title:The European Union funded NEOShield project: 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.com UNSPECIFIED
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.fr UNSPECIFIED
Lappas, V.v.lappas (at) surrey.ac.uk UNSPECIFIED
Lork, W.wolfram.lork (at) Astrium.EADS.net UNSPECIFIED
Michel, P.michelp (at) oca.eu UNSPECIFIED
Morrison, D.dmorrison (at) seti.org UNSPECIFIED
Payson, D.dpayson (at) mail.ru UNSPECIFIED
Schäfer, F.schaefer (at) emi.fhg.de UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.08.026
Page Range:pp. 80-84
Keywords:Asteroid, near-Earth object, impact hazard, impact mitigation
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 - Vorhaben Planetary Evolution and Life (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Leitungsbereich PF
Deposited By: Harris, Prof. Alan
Deposited On:17 Sep 2013 11:01
Last Modified:04 Aug 2017 12:26

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