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Earth impactors: threat analysis and multistage intervention mission architecture
Author(s): Jeremy Straub; Ronald A. Fevig
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Paper Abstract

Earth impactors (EIs) pose a significant threat. Upon EI detection, a response mission is required. The proposed architecture is suitable for responding to 75% of EIs. For rapid response, the reconnaissance and the tactical nuclear intervener craft are launched in close succession. The extended response timeframe allows collected data analysis before launching an intervener craft to slowly shift the EI's orbit. A small spacecraft equipped with a radio science package, visual camera, multi-spectral imager, LIDAR and, optionally, a radar tomography sensor will be used for reconnaissance. Sensor tasking and control will be autonomous based on controller-supplied objectives.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 May 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8385, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications V, 83850X (24 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.918724
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Jeremy Straub, The Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Ronald A. Fevig, The Univ. of North Dakota (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8385:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications V
Khanh D. Pham; Joseph L. Cox; Richard T. Howard; Henry Zmuda, Editor(s)

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