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Asteroid experts plan privately funded Sentinel Space Telescope

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posted on Jun, 20 2012 @ 12:58 AM
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The nonprofit B612 Foundation says it's planning the first privately funded deep-space mission, with the goal of launching an instrument known as the Sentinel Space Telescope to look for potentially hazardous asteroids from a vantage point inside Earth's orbit around the sun.

The foundation, headed by former NASA astronaut Ed Lu, tipped its hand today in an advisory alerting journalists about a press conference to be conducted at 8:30 a.m. PT June 28 at the California Academy of Science' Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco.


"We will create the first comprehensive dynamic map of our inner solar system showing the current and future locations and trajectories of Earth-crossing asteroids, paving the way to protect the Earth from future impacts and opening up the solar system to future exploration," the advisory read.


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posted on Jun, 20 2012 @ 01:03 AM
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they say its private but its spearheaded by some nasa douche?
private means anyone but nasa



posted on Jun, 20 2012 @ 01:11 AM
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Originally posted by jazzguy
they say its private but its spearheaded by some nasa douche?
private means anyone but nasa


NASA is to provide communications and tracking services.
B612 Foundation doesn't seem to have a problem with that.



posted on Jun, 20 2012 @ 01:15 AM
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Originally posted by jazzguy
they say its private but its spearheaded by some nasa douche?
private means anyone but nasa

Learn a little respect pal. He's spent nearly 206 days in space, flew on the shuttle twice, and has a PhD in applied physics from Stanford. I dare say he knows more about the matter than either of us, and since he's retired from NASA, he IS a private citizen and it IS a private organization.



posted on Jun, 20 2012 @ 01:17 AM
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Right, back to the subject at hand, I very much like the idea of a satellite inside earth's orbit for surveying NEOs. That's one situation where a satellite could provide a significant advantage over ground surveys; it might provide the ability to detect asteroids approaching from a sunward direction much earlier than with ground-based detection.



posted on Jun, 20 2012 @ 01:52 AM
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so wait, they haven't done whatever "this" is yet???


why not???

it just seems so obvious that they would have done something like this already!?!?



peace.
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posted on Jun, 20 2012 @ 02:38 AM
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Originally posted by SoymilkAlaska
so wait, they haven't done whatever "this" is yet???


why not???

it just seems so obvious that they would have done something like this already!?!?



peace.
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innovative NEOSSat microsatellite will enable Canada to launch a telescope with unprecedented abilities to track asteroids in Earth’s orbit, as well as satellites in high orbit.


NEOSSat
www.asc-csa.gc.ca...

www.casca.ca...

www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca...

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posted on Jun, 20 2012 @ 11:06 AM
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Thanks for that. I wonder why they don't all work together since they all have the same goal?



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