The NEOShield-2 Mission Definition Requirements Review
On the 20th of May the Mission Definition Requirements Review took place. This Review was an important milestone for all NEOShield-2 partners to agree on the reference mission scenarios and the major requirements. It was the first big step to ensure a common and well consolidated baseline as input for the following activities in NEOShield-2, e.g. the development of advanced GNC concepts. In general there are two major mission scenarios. One mission shall demonstrate the
Will we be ready to face a real asteroid threat in the next hundred years?
Asteroid impacts and NEO (Near-earth Objects) threats are no news. Scientists know for sure that it is constantly happening and that the risk of a collision between a NEO and Earth is high. The question is not if it will happen one day, but when it will happen and how we are going to react to this threat. A few decades ago, many countries have realised that it is our duty to find solutions to
Asteroid 2015 KW 120 will make a really close approach with Earth tomorrow!
Asteroid 2015 KW 120 will fly by Earth on May 29 at 11:53 UTC. The NEO has an estimated diameter of 11-36 meters (H= 26.0) and will speed past us at 13 km/s (approximately 46800 km/h), at only 1.1 Lunar Distances [LD] – about 422400 kilometers – from our planet. Asteroids make close approach with Earth every day, but this one will pass by really close. However, there is no chance that it will hit
Sentinel may be able to detect smaller asteroids!
According to a B612 Foundation official, Sentinel, the space telescope that was originally meant to search for larger Near Earth Objects (NEOs) could also be efficient in detecting NEOs between 20 and 40 meters in diameter. Indeed, smaller NEOs are much more likely to hit Earth in the following years, than larger NEOs. Everyone still remembers the Chelyabinsk meteor that injured more than a thousand people in Russia in 2013. The damage caused by