Project Publications

As the NEOShield project progresses, publications and documents will be available here. Please continue to visit this page for the latest information.

NEOShield Project Summary

This project summary is part of the EC Publication Eye on Space: Space Research projects under the 7th Framework Programme for Research (4th call), which can be accessed here.  It contains a similar summary on all the projects co-financed by the European Commission under the 4th call of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for Space Research.
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DLR Magazine

[Issue: 136/137 - Making Science Fun - 9 April 2013]
"Asteroid Defence: When things get too close for comfort" by Alan Harris
Professor Alan Harris of NEOShield Project coordinator DLR (Institute of Planetary Research), discusses the international defence against asteroids. When things get too close for comfort recognises the probability of Earth endangering objects, the criticalness of warning time and the global importance of asteroid defence. Visit here, to read the current issue of DLR Magazine.
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Links to NEOShield Press and Media articles
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NEOShield Project Public Deliverables
The following table lists all public deliverables of the NEOShield Project.

D2.1 Report on frequency of mitigation-relevant properties Final, Not reviewed
D3.4 Potential for re-accumulation of hazardous large bodies from impact ejecta Expected in July 2014
D5.2 List of potential target NEOs and their properties relevant to mitigation demo missions Approved, Released
D5.3 D5.3a: Prioritized demo-mission target suggestions
Final, Approved
D5.3b: Prioritized target suggestions required for specialized final mitigation demo-mission designs Approved, Released
D5.4 Orbit refinement and reconnaissance observations as required Expected in July 2014
D7.1 Assessment of gravity tractor and other mitigation concepts Approved, Released
D7.2 Assessment of gravity tractor with multiple-spacecraft tractors Approved, Released
D7.3 Assessment of blast deflection and other mitigation concepts Final, In review
D7.4 Potential benefits of human missions for mitigation strategies Approved, Released
D7.5 Trade-offs of viable alternative mitigation concepts Final, In review
D8.1 Requirements on NEO target selection Approved, Released
D8.5 Assessment of demo-mission variants Expected in December 2014
D9.2 Requirement reconnaissance observations Expected in December 2014
D9.4 Atmospheric trajectory analysis and ground-damage limitation Expected in July 2014
D9.5 Final roadmap including political decision-making, reconnaissance decision tool Expected in December 2014
D10.2 Public web site online Published/Online
D10.4 Outreach events Expected in May 2015

NEOShield Published Scientific Papers

The European Union funded NEOShield project: A global approach to near-Earth object impact threat mitigation
A. W. Harris, M. A. Barucci, J. L. Cano, A. Fitzsimmons, M. Fulchignoni, S. F. Green, D. Hestroffer, V. Lappas, W. Lork, P. Michel, D. Morrison, D. Payson, F. Schäfer: Acta Astronautica, Volume 90, Issue 1, pp. 80-84.

NEOShield: working towards an international near-Earth object mitigation demonstration mission
A. W. Harris, M. A. Barucci, J. L. Cano, L. Drube, A. Fitzsimmons, M. Fulchignoni, S. F. Green, D. Hestroffer, V. Lappas, P. Michel, D. Morrison, S. S. Meshcheryakov, N. Saks, F. Schäfer: 2012, European Planetary science congress, September, 2012, Madrid, Spain.

High Precision Astrometry in Asteroid Mitigation - the NEOShield Perspective

S. Eggl, A. Ivantsov, D. Hestroffer, D. Perna, D. Bancelin, W. Thuillot: 2013, SF2A.

The Asteroid Impact Threat: instrumentation for mitigation precursor and demo missions, a study from the NEOShield Project
D. Perna, M. A. Barucci, M. Fulchignoni, S. Fornasier: 2013, European Planetary Science Congress, September, 2013, London.

NEOShield Study of Hypervelocity Impacts into Small Bodies: Simulating the Fate of Ejecta
S. R. Schwartz, P. Michel: 2014, 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held 17-21 March, 2014 at The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution N. 1777, p. 2415.

Hypervelocity impacts on asteroids and momentum transfer I. Numerical simulations using porous targets
M. Jutzi, P. Michel: 2014, Icarus, Volume 229, pp. 247-253.

How to find metal-rich asteroids
A. W. Harris, L. Drube: 2014, Astrophysical journal Letters, Volume 785, L4.