UPDATE! Video from the event available her: Please join our now live Indiegogo campaign: Even though it is Sunday, we are working hard for the launch of the upcoming crowdfunding campaign. Are you around, in Copenhagen on the 12th of May? Then you can join the excitement, and together with us you can embark in […]
“Low probability events, can and do happen” Brent Barbee, Aerospace Engineer and Astrodynamicist Asteroids are random events, making it difficult sometimes to detect. Asteroids constitute a constant threat towards Earth, because even though they do present a low probability, they can and do occur causing devastating effects. The EADP initiative is inspiring and fascinating; considering […]
At Cosmic-Con 2015, Cristina Stanilescu will be speaking on behalf of EADP in the company of renown astronauts such as Al Worden, Jack Lousma, Kathryn C. Thornton and Donald A. Thomas, Geoff Notkin and Steve Arnold from Meteorite Men, Mark Thompson from Stargazing Live and astronomer Nick Howes. EADP’s purpose here is to increase the […]
The PDC conference is the biggest scientific gathering in Europe in 2015 regarding planetary defence against asteroids and comets, hosted the 13-17th April by the International Academy of Astronautics (an independent non-governmental organization recognized by the United Nations in 1996). EADP was present with 5 employees, our crowdfunding partners and Prof. Bong Wie of the […]
CROWD15 is the leading Nordic crowd event designed for entrepreneurs who are just discovering the new possibilites of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. It also represents the place where for the first time we presented EADP. We were very pleased with the feedback and enthusiasm of the crowd. Video from EADPs presentation at Crowd15 is available here:
The Emergency Asteroid Defence Project is only a couple of months old, and it is still in it’s research and development stage, but where did this project emerge from? Who had the idea to make such an ambitious and daring project? I guess the time has come to reveal the background and the brains behind […]
“The frequency of these asteroid threat events is higher than previously anticipated” Nahum Melamed, Aerospace Engineer
When we are faced with an imminent [short warning time] asteroid impact, we need to have the biggest and most powerful method to deflect it. And the HAIV is a device that provides this capability. Currently there are no solutions in place for imminent asteroid threats. We need to have this capability in place to respond quickly – a threat could show up tomorrow morning or in a hundred years. We don’t know, but the frequency of these events is higher than previously anticipated – a Chelyabinsk object could appear just about any day. When we have very few years or months we need to use existing launch technology, adjusted for planetary defence objectives, but it takes time to prepare it, so we need to have it ready to launch on-demand in short warning time situations.
I think your [EADP] initiative is very important. The general public is currently not educated and aware of the severity of this threat, and in some cases that averts thinking about the threat. We need to raise public awareness and public support for the planetary defence cause, so that governments will step up and support planetary defence initiatives, in benefit of the general public, both regionally and globally.
Posted on 30th, April, 2015
“The Chelyabinsk event could have been prevented if we had a short warning time device ready to launch” Joshua Lyzhoft, Aerospace Engineer
I believe the HAIV is the best solution in short warning time situation in case of imminent asteroid impact – to be able to destroy at least 50m asteroid at its smallest. There are no other current alternatives that I know of, except perhaps the EKV by Raytheon for ballistic missile defence, but I don’t know how effective that will be for asteroid defence [that won’t be effective for asteroid defence, due to being an only 75 kg kinetic impactor capable of deflecting objects only much less than 20 meters in diameter].
What happened in Chelyabinsk was terrible and could have been prevented if we had detected it and had a short warning time device in place. The airburst over Chelyabinsk injured some 1200 people, but let’s imagine it wasn’t an airburst, it could have harmed and killed many thousands of people. I believe the EADP is a great idea and a great solution for the short warning time asteroid threats.
Posted on 30th, April, 2015
“Current technology could be used for deflection if we have sufficient political will and informed educated population” Prof. Joel Marks, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Due to their short warning time and great impact compared to their size, comets are a much greater danger than asteroids, and here no 1+ years deflection methods are usable because we won’t get that long a warning.
Any effective deflection mission will take a lot of time, unless we have already got a kind of deflection infrastructure ready and available to be used before detection. Hence, there is a great need to have two ongoing main efforts: One effort to enhance the detection capabilities and another to enhance the deflection capabilities.
Posted on 28th, April, 2015