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Choosing NEO mission targets: current knowledge and future Earth-based observation opportunities

Fitzsimmons, A. and Harris, A.W. and Eggl, S. and Perna, D. (2013) Choosing NEO mission targets: current knowledge and future Earth-based observation opportunities. 2013 IAA Planetary Defense Conference “Gathering for Impact!”, 15-19 Apr 2013, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.


Official URL: http://www.iaaconferences.org/pdc2013/?q=ipc


NEOShield is a consortium of 13 research institutes, universities and industrial partners from 6 countries. The aim of the project is to explore mitigation options in the event that a NEO is found to be on a potential collision course with Earth, and to pave the way for demonstration missions to test proposed mitigation techniques. Finding an accessible and appropriate target NEO for a demonstration mission is an important aspect of mission design. Targets for NEOShield and other potential missions require both a firm orbit and physical characterization. With > 900 NEOs discovered per year, it is important to assess the state of our knowledge of potential mission targets, and what future possibilities exist for refining that knowledge. We have created a web-based tool to to aid the provision of NEO mission targets, either for orbit improvement or for physical studies. It currently resides at http://star.pst.qub.ac.uk/~af/lowdv_neos/. Its primary purposes are to act as initial guidance for NEO mission target selection, and to aid future Earth-based observations and reconnaissance of those targets.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/83268/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Choosing NEO mission targets: current knowledge and future Earth-based observation opportunities
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Fitzsimmons, A.Queens University, Belfast, UKUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Eggl, S.IMCCE-Observatoire de Paris, 75014 Paris, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Perna, D.LESIA-Observatoire de Paris, 92195 Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:April 2013
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:NEOShield, near-Earth objects, physical properties, impact hazard
Event Title:2013 IAA Planetary Defense Conference “Gathering for Impact!”
Event Location:Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:15-19 Apr 2013
Organizer:International Astronautical Association
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 Asteroiden und Kometen (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Leitungsbereich PF
Deposited By: Harris, Prof. Alan
Deposited On:20 Aug 2013 14:43
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:41

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