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NEOSSat launch of meteor and asteroid detection satellite

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posted on Feb, 25 2013 @ 05:28 AM

NEOSSat launch of meteor and asteroid detection satellite

NEOSSaT's mission

The Ness project uses NEOSSat's space telescope to discover asteroids of the inner Solar System. NESS is contributing to the international science community's efforts to find and track near-Earth asteroids and comets.

(visit the link for the full news article)

Related News Links:
Ness's Project link
Globe and Mail article
launch links

Related Discussion Threads:
Watch world's first meteor tracking satellite NEOSSat launching today Feb 25 2013. Live links
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posted on Feb, 25 2013 @ 05:28 AM
Whereas all satellites are aimed downward towards earth, this satellite will be purposefully placed to observe for meteros, asteroids and of course space debris, as in the picture below. It is the size of a suitcase and consists of a space telescope.

In just under two hours from now we can watch the launch live.

NEOSSat is designed to specifically look for Aten asteroids that can’t be seen from the ground because of the scattering of the sun’s light in the atmosphere.

The specific research goals are

■To use NEOSSat to discover new near-Earth asteroids by searching the sky along the ecliptic plane as close to the Sun as its microsatellite custom baffle design allows (to within 45° of the Sun). This search will focus on two groups of asteroids; one called Atens (asteroids with orbits mostly within the Earth`s (although they cross Earth’s orbit at their farthest points from the Sun) and, in particular, Atiras (asteroids whose entire orbit is within Earth’s).
■To conduct follow-up tracking of any near-Earth asteroids discovered by NEOSSat and other search programs.
■To assess potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs) by better defining their orbital parameters.
■To monitor comets when they come close to the Sun, and to check suspected comets for outgassing activity.
■To provide ground-based radar-imaging programs with accurate targeting locations.

There is also an article ou might find interesting

“Once we detect and track them, we can project their orbit and then forecast ahead — sometimes years or decades [in advance] — where and when they will cross Earth’s orbit.

This is so exciting! Had it been launched before the Russian explosion, I wonder how much warning time there would have been and whether it could have been deflected. That's what everyone is hoping this monitoring system will be able to do, warn us and allow for some kind of deflection and possibly interception.

There are some exciting times ahead! Let's hope they keep us informed of the discoveries they make and allow us to share in the excitement. If they can determine an asteroid's path and track it, then appropriate plans can be made.
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Feb, 25 2013 @ 06:06 AM
5 minutes into launch, so far so good. It is being launched with 7 other satellites.
watch here

posted on Feb, 25 2013 @ 09:57 AM
reply to post by aboutface

This is awesome. It's about time we thought about the idea we can see what's coming our way, but I have to say this. What do you think is going to deflect a 100,000 - multi million ton space rock moving at several km a second.

If something is on a collision course with Earth we currently possess no technology to stop or deflect it. Da-14 2012, was 45ish meters(

posted on Feb, 25 2013 @ 10:38 AM
This is all well and good I just find it disgusting that we had to wait til an asteroid nearly blew up a large part of Russia to decide to spend resources on it. We have known for quite some time the dangers of asteroids (as well as other dangerous space phenomena) yet we have done little to nothing to prepare ourselves for it. Meanwhile, we deplete our natural resources to no end and fight and bicker over the dumbest of things. I guess I'm just a little mad at our current society. This satellite is a good thing and I hope more things are developed like this.

posted on Feb, 25 2013 @ 10:45 AM
reply to post by Hijinx

Thanks for your input. You're way ahead of me on space stuff. The scientists who launched this are talking deflection though far be it from me to say whether they can be because I simply don't know, though what you say makes sense to me. However if it is in the current scientific discussions, maybe someone will come up with something. At the moment it seems that we have 3 options:

We either move out of the way
Or Move it / or dissolve it somehow
Or experience an ELE

posted on Feb, 25 2013 @ 10:51 AM
reply to post by Krazysh0t

At the same time and in the same launch, there was a military satellite called Sapphire sent up to search for closer things, such as debris and missiles etc. So it's an improvement.

posted on Feb, 25 2013 @ 11:21 AM
reply to post by aboutface

Yes I support any effort to improve our understanding of space and our ability to traverse it. I believe that humanity's future lies in space and that many of the world's problems could be solved if we were to reach out and colonize it. Just think of the economic boom that would result if we could mine asteroids for precious metals and resources. If we could bridge the gap and actually live in space stations or colonize other worlds, the problem of scarcity of land and overcrowding would disappear overnight. Heck, we'd even be able to survive many astronomical events that could wipe out all life on the planet (such as a super asteroid hitting the planet) because our species wouldn't be completely located on one small blue planet.

Yet despite this clear answer to many of humanity's problems we do not pursue these solutions with the fervor that is required to leap the hurdles in our way. That is unless something comes knocking on our door to say hello and cause massive destruction. You know when it's already too late.

The problem is society wide. From the elite to the person on the bottom. The elite obviously are blinded by the greed of controlling as much as possible while letting as little as possible slip to the people. They care about established ways to make money over projects that may not see a profit til after their lifetime. Hence the reliance on crude oil and no real push to find an alternative. The people on the bottom are not concerned because as long as these things don't effect them, they don't care. Yet they have the most voice. If the population tomorrow got out and a majority demanded more space tech, you can bet many organizations government and private would start more serious research into these things.

posted on Feb, 25 2013 @ 12:57 PM
Thank you for this info. S+F!

Will keep a watch on how the project goes

posted on Feb, 26 2013 @ 04:36 AM
Its a step in the right direction, i'll give them that!

Doesn't look like it scans much of our system. If its suitcase size then why not launch 10s-100s of them, that way they can scan a larger area?

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