EADP is a global and strictly non-political non-profit organization, and while receiving and publishing support from many sides, EADP does not necessarily in turn support the specific causes or political stand-points.

In all cases EADP stands completely neutral, with a single focus – providing all of Earth the best possible defence against asteroid and comet emergency threats, to save as many lives as possible and reduce damages, anywhere and anytime.

(The videos can be seen in full by clicking here, or by clicking near the start when a video is playing.)

Prof. Bong Wie – presenting the EADP initiative as part of the 2012-14 NIAC study orientation (5 min)

The EADP is an ongoing civilian group based in Denmark, interested in developing an emergency asteroid defence project. A real space mission, capable of demostrating the capability of the HAIV (Hypervelocity Asteroid Intercept Vehicle) concept.

Prof. Bong Wie – strongly supports EADP and its privately funded demonstration mission (30 sec)

The EADP’s initiative is very timely at this moment, because there is no current government plan, not even a flight-technology demonstration project, for a short warning time asteroid defence. A privately funded flight-testing program, such as the EADP, is enhancing the planetary defence.

Aerospace Engineer Nahum Melamed – I think your [EADP] initiative is very important (40 sec)

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.

Full video: We need to be able to respond quickly with current [HAIV] technology.

Computational Physicist Ben Zimmerman – EADP could be the project to save the planet (45 sec)

With EADP, someone is finally taking the concepts of asteroid disruption seriously. It needs to be considered from the global level, as one project to save the planet.

Ph.D Joshua Lyzhoft – EADP is a great solution to the short warning time asteroid threats (30 sec)

I believe the EADP is a great idea and a great solution for the short warning time asteroid threats.

Full video: EADP, using the HAIV, could prevent a new Chelyabinsk, or much worse.

Astrophysicist David S. Dearborn – “If you are not prepared, you deserve what you get…” (30 sec)

Democratic systems only work when people take steps to educate themselves, and it can only be done if someone is offering them the information – the EADP does that.

Astrodynamicist Brent Barbee – EADP is an inspired and appropriate approach (30 sec)

EADP is a fascinating approach to the fact that asteroids threaten the world; it totally makes sense that the people of the world work together towards a solution.

Ph.D George Vardaxis – EADP is a necessary and long-awaited initiative, finally being done (45 sec)

The EADP initiative, of having something constructed and tested in order to deal with these threats, should have been done much sooner.

Brian Kaplinger, Prof. Aerospace Engineering – EADP, understanding the asteroid threat (35 sec)

The EADP’s initiative is a very interesting idea, because different people who haven’t been involved in the planetary defence community before, have shown their real interest and motivation to better understand the threat that asteroids possess to the Earth.

“Finally, some people with the guts to address the difficult issues in planetary defense!”

This was what came to mind when we first looked into the Emergency Asteroid Defence Project.

At 21st Century Science and Technology we view the defense of Earth from the threat of asteroid and comet impacts as an extremely important issue, which, despite periodically receiving some attention (from the media, scientific conferences, government officials, and even Hollywood), still has yet to be addressed in an adequate way. Prior to the surprise February 2013 impact of a small asteroid over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, 21st Century produced an independent assessment of the asteroid defense challenge, including our evaluation of mankind’s preparedness to defend the planet (Fall/Winter 2012-13). Our conclusion? Many of the needed concepts and ideas exist, but there is critical lack of action on certain difficult issues.

So, we are in a position to recognize the unique importance of specific aspects of the plan chosen by the Emergency Asteroid Defence Project.

First, they recognize the need for relatively short-term defense (months to a few years) against small to medium-sized asteroids (between around 20 to 300 meters in diameter). In our assessment, this is currently a gaping hole in most discussions of possible defense efforts.

Second, they do not shy away from an honest and scientific assessment of the critical importance of thermonuclear reactions for the defense of Earth. The immense energy density of nuclear reactions is a basic reality of physics, and it is the only energy source powerful enough to enable mankind to defend life on our planet in certain scenarios.

Based on our assessments, these are absolutely critical issues which are not receiving enough attention in existing asteroid defense programs, so we are supportive the Emergency Asteroid Defence Project’s efforts to address these challenges. While it is our view that a full solution to this planetary challenge will require the cooperation of leading governments (led by the United States and Russia), it is refreshing to see the bold efforts of the Emergency Asteroid Defence Project take on these issues critical to the defense of the Earth.

Jason Ross
Editor in Chief
21st Century Science & Technology