Planetary defence: a duty for world defenders

Burke, Jim, Hussein, Alaa, Soni, Anushree, Thangavelu, Madhu, Schmidt, Nikola and Wilson, Thomas (2015) Planetary defence: a duty for world defenders. In: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, 14-18 Dec 2015, San Francisco, USA.

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Abstract

This poster is an advocacy document. We believe that it is now time for an international coalition of military/industrial/atomic agencies to take on the tasks of designing, building and maintaining in readiness active defenses against asteroids and comets threatening to impact Earth.

We visualize a policy environment where a relatively small portion of existing defense resources is redirected to Planetary Defense, with already-established ground and space PD efforts allocated increased backing and increased responsibility in supporting roles.

A main part of the needed policy structure is already in place. An International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) and a Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG) are functioning under auspices of the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). In the near term, intercept action will be launched upon validation of an impact threat by IAWN and SMPAG. The activity should start with conventional technology while awaiting needed international policy changes allowing use of nuclear energy, essential in the case of less-likely but more dangerous threats. An important side benefit of the proposed collaborative military involvement would be increased knowledge of the risk and increased trust among nations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Natural Hazards, Characterization of Asteroids, Risk Assessment, Planetary Defense, NEO, Roadmap for an EArth Defense Initiative (READI)
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G3180 Maps > G3181 Universe. Solar system
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE170 Environmental policy
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and communications > HE9719 Artificial satellite telecommunications
K Law > KZD Space law. Law of outer space
Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB0495 Descriptive astronomy > QB0500.5 Solar system
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA0168 Systems engineering
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Depositing User: Mr Alaa Hussein
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2015 13:57
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2015 13:57
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58848

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