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    November 2009
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    NEOShield is a new international project that will assess the threat posed by Near Earth Objects (NEO) and look at the best possible solutions for dealing with a big asteroid or comet on a collision path with our planet.

    The effort is being led from the German space agency's (DLR) Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin, and had its kick-off meeting this week.

    It will draw on expertise from across Europe, Russia and the US. It's a major EU-funded initiative that will pull together all the latest science,
    initiate a fair few laboratory experiments and new modelling work, and then try to come to some definitive positions.

    Industrial partners, which include the German, British and French divisions of the big Astrium space company, will consider the engineering
    architecture required to deflect one of these bodies out of our path. Should we kick it, try to tug it, or even blast it off its trajectory?

    "We're going to collate all the scientific information with a view to mitigation," explains project leader Prof Alan Harris at DLR.

    "What do you need to know about an asteroid in order to be able to change its course - to deflect it from a catastrophic course with the Earth?"

    It's likely that NEOShield will, at the end of its three-and-a-half-year study period, propose to the politicians that they launch a mission to demonstrate the necessary technology.
    The NEO threat may seem rather distant, but the geological and observational records tell us it is real.

    On average, an object about the size of car will enter the Earth's atmosphere once a year, producing a spectacular fireball in the sky.

    About every 2,000 years or so, an object the size of a football field will impact the Earth, causing significant local damage.

    And then, every few million years, a rock turns up that has a girth measured in kilometres. An impact from one of these will produce global effects.

    The latest estimates indicate that we've probably found a little over 90% of the true monsters out there and none look like they'll hit us.

    It is that second category that merits further investigation.


    Data from Nasa's Wise telescope suggests there are likely to be about 19,500 NEOs in the 100-1,000m size range, and the vast majority of these have yet to be identified and tracked.

    New telescopes are coming that will significantly improve detection success. In the meantime, the prudent course would be to develop a strategy for the inevitable.

    The strongest mitigation candidates currently would appear to be:

    Kinetic impactor: This mission might look like Nasa's Deep Impact mission of 2005, or the Don Quijote mission that Europe designed but never launched. It involves perhaps a shepherding spacecraft releasing an impactor to strike the big rock or comet. This gentle nudge, depending when and how it's done, could change the velocity of the rock ever so slightly to make it arrive "at the crossroads" sufficiently early or late to miss Earth.

    "The amount of debris, or ejecta, produced in the impact would affect the momentum of the NEO," says Prof Harris.

    "Of course, that will depend on what sort of asteroid it is - its physical characteristics. What's its surface like; how porous or dense it is? This is really something you would want to test with a demonstration mission."
    READ MORE AT BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16651642
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  2. Post #2
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    Dennab
    November 2010
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    That's actually pretty awesome.
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    Awwwwww yeah. About damn time we started looking into this.
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    Entered thread expecting some sort of organization protecting Earth from potential alien threats.
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  5. Post #5
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    July 2010
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    Now this is what humanity should be doing, working with space and our continuation as a species, not such silly squabbles for power and 'money'.
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  6. Post #6
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    You know you're in the future when you're reading about planetary defense consortiums on a glowing box displaying information from a global network of interconnected glowing boxes
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  7. Post #7
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    December 2010
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    They should send probes with asteroid deterrent weapons to patrol around the solar system so we will have ample warning to deflect it off course.
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    July 2007
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    Entered thread expecting some sort of organization protecting Earth from potential alien threats.
    I thought a mix of Starship Troopers and Red Faction...but this I alright too, I guess.
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    June 2007
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    We should deal with bigger issues like swamp gas.
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    October 2010
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    Am I the only one who thinks 'NEOShield' sounds like a really good name for an orbital defense grid?
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    N-12_Aden's Avatar
    April 2011
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    I thought a mix of Starship Troopers and Red Faction...but this I alright too, I guess.
    Have an armored ring around the moon, bristling with ships and weapons. Sounds good.

    Or we could go all W40K and armor the whole fucking moon.
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    December 2009
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    -snip-

  13. Post #13
    Ask about my EBOLA fetish
    GameDev's Avatar
    February 2010
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    Waiting for Skynet references
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  14. Post #14
    Dennab
    November 2009
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    You know you're in the future when you're reading about planetary defense consortiums on a glowing box displaying information from a global network of interconnected glowing boxes
    You know you're in the future when you can be on a train and at the same time, use a paper-thin device to video chat in real-time with your parents who are 1000s of miles away.
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    "You should see my penis, it puts a wookie to shame. its like a fucking front tail."
    Dysgalt's Avatar
    January 2010
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    It is secretly an Alien defense system being installed for the coming resurrection of the Illuminati Arch Angel of Chaos.
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    June 2008
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    the Don Quijote mission that Europe designed
    What do they mean? Is it the name of a mission or a reference to the character in some way I'm not catching?
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    November 2007
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    Entered thread expecting some sort of organization protecting Earth from potential alien threats.
    Same Here.

    I WANT SOME X-COM UP IN THIS SHIT GOD DAMMIT.
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    August 2009
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    NEOshield is the new hip name for Xcom
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  19. Post #19
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    December 2009
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    NEOShield Planetary Defenses: ONLINE!

    Gah that sounds so cool
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  20. Post #20
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    May 2007
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    You know you're in the future when you're reading about planetary defense consortiums on a glowing box displaying information from a global network of interconnected glowing boxes
    You know you're in the future when you can be on a train and at the same time, use a paper-thin device to video chat in real-time with your parents who are 1000s of miles away.
    And yet I still have to wait 40 minutes at the bus stop for a petrol powered steel box if I want to go any decent distance.
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    March 2009
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    Entered thread expecting some sort of organization protecting Earth from potential alien threats.
    Same here, but if we're ever attacked by aliens you can rest assured that after heartily getting our asses kicked at first, the protagonist and some plucky scientist will figure out how to use this technology to defeat the alien menace.
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    January 2011
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    Expected massive rail gun stations firing at massive rocks coming towards earth.
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    I think one of the coolest measures I read about to prevent an asteroid strike was, if it's determined far enough in advance, you fly a space craft out to it, spray like half of the asteroid with a reflective material (like the silver layer of a mirror), and then let photon pressure slowly push the asteroid off course.

    If an asteroid is far enough away you only have to change its velocity by a few centimeters per second to ensure it doesn't hit us.
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    The question is... do they have access to Bruce Willis?
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  25. Post #25
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    Expected massive rail gun stations firing at massive rocks coming towards earth.
    Blowing asteroids up is a terrible idea (unless you're entirely certain that the explosion will OBLITERATE the thing and reduce the entire thing to tiny chunks too small to be of any concern). Once we've taken actions to ensure the asteroid doesn't hit us we want to be able to make sure it doesn't come back around again in the future which is much easier when the asteroid is one piece, and not a dozen pieces which are a hundred meters long each.

  26. Post #26
    This probably isn't a good idea
    Camundongo's Avatar
    October 2007
    3,385 Posts
    Waiting for Skynet references
    Don't be silly, that's a military communications satellite network. (And it was created before the films - I'm not sure if that's reassuring or not)
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    Entered thread expecting some sort of organization protecting Earth from potential alien threats.
    The DoD has already done that.

  28. Post #28
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    Dennab
    August 2005
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    You know you're in the future when you're reading about planetary defense consortiums on a glowing box displaying information from a global network of interconnected glowing boxes
    Did I just read what you said twice at once?

    Well then we live in a very unfuturistic future. Where are my flying cars!? AND DON'T CALL THEM PLANES!
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    March 2008
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    Why bother looking outwards when the real threat is down here on the ground \__/
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    October 2010
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    So basically, our world WON'T get bombarded by asteroids or some shit, not without us knowing about it beforehand.

    How cool.

  31. Post #31
    :3 FURRY ELITIST PRIDE :3
    Jacknife's Avatar
    January 2011
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    This is where the augmentation begins. We're in the future.


    Thread music:


    But seriously, sounds like a good project
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  32. Post #32
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    leontodd's Avatar
    January 2009
    4,478 Posts
    Now this is what we should be focusing on, moving the species forward.

  33. Post #33
    White Fusion will love him forever and ever~
    Rents's Avatar
    January 2012
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    NEOSheild sounds like it's a rival organisation to X-COM, the TEC or GDI or something.
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    September 2009
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    Finally a purpose for those nuclear arsenals?

    We're not planning on using them on ourselves, so let's use them for interplanetary target practice.
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  35. Post #35
    Dennab
    September 2011
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    Blowing asteroids up is a terrible idea (unless you're entirely certain that the explosion will OBLITERATE the thing and reduce the entire thing to tiny chunks too small to be of any concern). Once we've taken actions to ensure the asteroid doesn't hit us we want to be able to make sure it doesn't come back around again in the future which is much easier when the asteroid is one piece, and not a dozen pieces which are a hundred meters long each.
    Probably 20-80 years into the future there will be mining ships scrambling to intercept it and mine everything valuable out before chucking it into new trajectory.

  36. Post #36
    Dennab
    September 2009
    1,147 Posts
    I hope it looks like this

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    November 2007
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    Asteroid deflection/detection is such a fucking scam.
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    July 2009
    6,009 Posts
    At first I thought this was part of the Lifeboat Foundation because all their 'projects' are in the format "[danger]shield".

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    lulzbocksV2's Avatar
    April 2011
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    Now this is what humanity should be doing, working with space and our continuation as a species, not such silly squabbles for power and 'money'.
    Yeah how about we all get food and water before we even think of space.
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