Planetary Defense Foundation – Films – Near Earth Objects – Deflection Demonstration – Senarios

Vessel = SLS – Not released from Orbiter Hanger Mod –

NASA – Space Launch System / SLS

Planetary Defense Foundation – Films / Script Objective

  • Demonstrate a early NEO Object Launch Mission Demonstration – Planetary Defense Foundation – Films
  • SLS Payload min = to low earth orbit =  70,000 kg (150,000 lb) Max SLS Payload =  (280,000 lb)
  • Demonstrate a direct orbital course of a NEO to that of Earth
  • NEO Target = 99942 2004MN4 Also known as Asteroid Apophis
  • – Asteroid Size = 240M / 886 FT in Dimension
  • – Composition Makeup Class = Apollo
  • – Real Life Speed = 30.728 km/s
  • SLS Launch Site = Wideawake International Aerospace – Planetary Defense Foundation – Films
  • Real Life launch site = Kennedy Space Center Florida – LC-39 First Flight = 2014
  • Flight target = 99942 2004MN4
  • Final Objective = Measure a 1 Megaton Nuclear Blast 50 meters from Asteroid 99942 2004MN4 Surface
  • Record 99942 2004MN4 Directional Orbital Speed & Orbital Path Change from its target to that of EarthVisit – Planetary Defense Foundation – Official Website –

Planetary Defense Foundation – Films – Summer of 2012 – 1 Megaton Surface Blast Test Config

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SFS 2010P1: UCGO demolition charge (Update); === Configuration file for UCGO cargo ===
ucForceName = N2/ ; Force object name when cargo is released max 6 char.

Module = UCGODynamicCargo ; if this cargo can be unpacked or released as module
Mass = 7000 ; mass of content in kg
MeshName = UniversalCars/UCGONukePacked ; Box mesh name (packed cargo)
UcDescription = Demolition charge 1Mt (UMmu trigger) ; description
ucSpawnModule = nuke_uc ; name of vessel config to spawn once cargo released.
ucSpawnDelay = 7 ; delay in seconds of module spawning after cargo release (max 0)
ucSpawnCondition= 2 ; 0=Landed 1=Not landed 2=Always 3=unpack by UMmu
ImageBmp = Images\UniversalCars\crgUMmunuke.bmp ;image for scenery editor

; === NOTE ON UCGO Cargos ===

; This cargo demonstrate the ability of cargos to spawn active module
; once released, you can set a timer delay and/or determine condition of
; spawning. See doc in “Doc/UniversalCars”.


Size = 40.0 ; size is 1.3 meter but this is to avoid LOD uggly switch
AlbedoRGB = 0.6 0.6 0.6
TouchdownPoints = 0.0 -0.005 3.0 -4.0 -0.005 -3.00 4.0 -0.005 -3.00
EditorCreate=trueEnableFocus = true ; One of the rare case where one want focus available on cargo


P 0.0 1.0 0.70 0 0 1 0 1 0 UCGOCG


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WideAwake International Aerospace – Concept Arts – Script

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WideAwake International Aerospace – Concept Arts – Script by Victor L Ortiz

– NASA Orion Spacecraft Mass = 21,250 kg (46,848 lb)
– Nuclear Weapon – 5.000 KT warhead
– Mission = Asteroid or Comet Deflection from a directional flight impact path of Earth
– Payload Drop = Nuclear Warhead
– Above Surface detonation distance – 100 meters Deflection countdown Starts / Distance observation from Orion Spacecraft & Crew standby
– Orion Spacecraft distance from Asteroid or Comet blast zone = Min 3.333 ft / Max = 6.666 ft-
– Orbiter 2010 Orion Spacecraft Mass = Pending
– Nuclear Weapon – Min Profile = 7000 KG Nuke
– Scenario Profile – Surface Detonation 0 Meters
– 10 min countdown
– Spacecraft Distance – Min = 17773.5 Ft Max = 3575.3 Ft

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How To Defend Earth From A Large Asteroid Or Comet

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Just a little insight the laws of physics based in the movie Armageddon are False, Blowing up an object that is traveling at a speed more then 25.000 MPH would result in being in effective to destroying a asteroid the size of Texas heading to earth, Not only would the nuclear blast blown up the asteroid into smaller objects but also its traveling speed of mass would stay intact which means the object itself would still be heading to earth not only will you take out Communication Satellites but also project the possibility of more ground impacts from the asteroid as smaller objects still head to earth.

The Options
Direct nuclear explosions. As immortalized in the movie Armageddon, we could blow an asteroid out of the sky like so much interplanetary skeet. But there’s a catch: The pieces could still hit Earth, and we might not have enough firepower to do serious damage. It’s a last-minute, last-ditch option.
Nearby nuclear explosions. Rather than blowing it up, a nuclear explosion could reroute a space rock’s trajectory clear of Earth. This would need to be done decades before the asteroid reached us. They are, after all, not easy to steer. But models suggest it could work.
Laser sublimation. Several spacecraft could use machines that direct beams of concentrated sunlight to the surface of an appropriately icy asteroid. As it heats up, it’ll spew a plume of debris and change course. Of course, anyone who’s ever tried to set a ball of paper aflame with a magnifying glass knows it’s not easy. Now imagine that the ball was rotating and traveling faster than sound.
Electric propulsion. To adjust course, land a spacecraft on an asteroid, fire up some rockets and push off. It’s a potentially powerful approach, but controlling that push on a spinning rock will be difficult.
Gravity tractor (pictured below). Every object exerts a gravitational pull, including a single spacecraft. Merely by hovering above the asteroid, it could pull the rock off course. The approach could even be tried with the asteroid belt-exploring Dawn spacecraft, scheduled to finish its tasks by 2015. This is potentially much easier than electric propulsion, but not quite as powerful.
Solar sails. Installing a photon-catching sail on an asteroid would be even harder than landing a ship, but it would certainly be prettier.
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Why The World Wont End In 2012

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Remember the Y2K scare? It came and went without much of a whimper because of adequate planning and analysis of the situation. Impressive movie special effects aside, Dec. 21, 2012, won’t be the end of the world as we know. It will, however, be another winter solstice.

Much like Y2K, 2012 has been analyzed and the science of the end of the Earth thoroughly studied. Contrary to some of the common beliefs out there, the science behind the end of the world quickly unravels when pinned down to the 2012 timeline. Below, NASA Scientists answer several questions that we’re frequently asked regarding 2012.

(Q): Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many Internet websites say the world will end in December 2012.
(A): Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.
Q: What is the origin of the prediction that the world will end in 2012?
A: The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012. Then these two fables were linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 — hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.
Q: Does the Mayan calendar end in December 2012?
A: Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then — just as your calendar begins again on January 1 — another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.
Q: Could a phenomena occur where planets align in a way that impacts Earth?
A: There are no planetary alignments in the next few decades, Earth will not cross the galactic plane in 2012, and even if these alignments were to occur, their effects on the Earth would be negligible. Each December the Earth and sun align with the approximate center of the Milky Way Galaxy but that is an annual event of no consequence.
Q: Is there a planet or brown dwarf called Nibiru or Planet X or Eris that is approaching the Earth and threatening our planet with widespread destruction?
A: Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.
Q: What is the polar shift theory? Is it true that the earth’s crust does a 180-degree rotation around the core in a matter of days if not hours?
A: A reversal in the rotation of Earth is impossible. There are slow movements of the continents (for example Antarctica was near the equator hundreds of millions of years ago), but that is irrelevant to claims of reversal of the rotational poles. However, many of the disaster websites pull a bait-and-shift to fool people. They claim a relationship between the rotation and the magnetic polarity of Earth, which does change irregularly, with a magnetic reversal taking place every 400,000 years on average. As far as we know, such a magnetic reversal doesn’t cause any harm to life on Earth. A magnetic reversal is very unlikely to happen in the next few millennia, anyway.
Q: Is the Earth in danger of being hit by a meteor in 2012?
A: The Earth has always been subject to impacts by comets and asteroids, although big hits are very rare. The last big impact was 65 million years ago, and that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Today NASA astronomers are carrying out a survey called the Spaceguard Survey to find any large near-Earth asteroids long before they hit. We have already determined that there are no threatening asteroids as large as the one that killed the dinosaurs. All this work is done openly with the discoveries posted every day on the NASA NEO Program Office website, so you can see for yourself that nothing is predicted to hit in 2012.
Q: How do NASA scientists feel about claims of pending doomsday?
A: For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.
Q: Is there a danger from giant solar storms predicted for 2012?
A: Solar activity has a regular cycle, with peaks approximately every 11 years. Near these activity peaks, solar flares can cause some interruption of satellite communications, although engineers are learning how to build electronics that are protected against most solar storms. But there is no special risk associated with 2012. The next solar maximum will occur in the 2012-2014 time frame and is predicted to be an average solar cycle, no different than previous cycles throughout history.
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