Asteroids project


Dear interested parties in the Asteroids project,

thanks for considering a participation in the project. Please find below a first draft how a hypothetical budget of one trillion (= 1000 bn) would be splitted to meet the requirements of the first project phase which objective is taking high-resolution 3D images of about one million asteroids (also called minor planets) in a time frame of about 30 years (2020 to 2050).

The high level structure splits the project in a preparation and in an operation phase:

PREPARATION:

There will be five teams working in parallel during the preparation phase. Those teams will have different percentages of female and male members. The idea is to have different core competences developed in each team over time while starting with the same general goal:

The main tasks for each team are as follows:

Task-1 will require building multiple observatories by each team. The locations will be selected for good seeing conditions in order to take digital images of the moving asteroids' light points on the star background during the decades of project run. A major effort will be software development that implements a multilingual communication network for having all operators in the observatories collaborate seamlessly for getting high precision data of the asteroids' orbits around our Sun during task-1 as well as for all project members for subsequent tasks.

Task-2 encompasses a review of available physical principles for fast space travel in our solar system. Each team will select one favorable method for developing a practical technology. Basically, all considered methods need to decouple a spacecraft on quantum level for example from surrounding electromagnetic as well as gravitational impact that is known from conventional physical laws. All information about chosen direction of research and development as well as experimental results will be published regularly at least every three months in order to maintain a synergy between the teams and to let interested observers know about the progress in the project.

Task-3 aims at implementing chosen method and physical principles for developing and building intended spacecraft. The main challenge will be material science to get multi-functional materials that can be programmed for decoupling the volume of a spacecraft from surrounding environment and for accellerating the spaceship at arbitrary high velocity against our terrestrial frame. Additionally, an instant communication needs to be developed for information exchange between Earth and the crews during operation phase.

OPERATION:

There will be about one thousand crews of about five crew members who will travel to the asteroids' locations for taking high-resolution 3D images. The costs of 500 m for each crew will be splitted as follows:

Item-1 aims for replicating one of previously developed spaceship designs which will serve a crew of about five members for travelling our solar system during an about 10 years operation phase of the project. Those spaceships will be further used when it comes to rebuilding the planet that the asteroids constituted before the planet's destruction.

Item-2 encompasses the costs for supplying the spaceship with the needed equipment for taking high-resolution 3D images from an asteroid as well as for maintaining a good state of that spaceship during a ten years operation time. Those costs as well encompass payments for ground services and service stations.

Item-3 referes to all expenses related to staff members in all roles in the project. Besides payroll this encompasses all services and opportunities that the project offers to employees like health care, recreation, education, space travel for fun inside our solar system and others.

Hopefully, this first draft of a hypothetical financial budget may help to get a feeling what the Asteroids project is aiming for and what detail activities will be needed when looking at the project from top view.

Please feel free to contribute with more ideas, preferably by a telepathic communication.

Thanks and kind regards,

Eckhard Kantz
Project initiator/coordinator


UPDATES


Update 2021-04-24:

Thanks for telepathically proposing a new operating language for the Asteroids project.

The new proposal for the operating language is Spanish in Christopher Columbus' honor of "discovering" the Americas 1492 which confirms that Spanish worked well for discovering new worlds as it is also intended in the Asteroids project.

This completes the following setup of involved languages:

Scientific Language

Korean has been proposed as the scientific language in the project. If this will be confirmed, then all scientific documents should be written in Korean and a sound knowledge of that language would be essential for scientists in the project.

Operating language

Spanish is now the proposal for the operating language for managing all organisation tasks including the flights to Asteroids.

Mediator language

A mediator language serves as an intermediate language for an automated high-quality, real-time translation between all language pairs and therefore it should have all features of other languages. Sanskrit has been proposed as the mediator language and it is currently evaluated whether it could fulfill expectations.

Fallback language

Should any language pair fail in certain circumstances then English has been proposed as a fallback language.


Update 2021-04-05:

First activities focus on refining the ephemerides of asteroids (also called minor planets). The following recommendations may help to find the right equipment for local groups and private persons who want to contribute to that task.

MOUNT

Most important is a stable mount that let a telescope smoothly automatically follow the star movement on sky. The Skywatcher Mount EQ6-R Pro SynScan GoTo is capable of moving telescopes of upto 20 kg:

TELESCOPE

The observation of asteroids requires a telescope with high aperture and high focal ratio in order to collect as much as possible light from faintest objects in the sky. The Omegon Teleskop Pro Astrograph 254/1016 OTA offers an aperture of 254 mm and a focal ratio of f/4. Going below those parameters is not recommended for observing asteroids. Otherwise, better parameters would be desirable but will increase costs considerably.

ASTRO CAMERA

The camera will be mounted on the telescope in order to take digital images. A mono camera with large pixels and a high quantum efficiency with low noise is desirable. To reduce noise, astro cameras can usually be cooled down to about 40 degree below ambient temperature like the ALccd-QHY Camera 174 cool Mono:

TELESCOPE and MOUNT combined system

The total cost can be reduced to about 3200 € when going for a combined system Omegon Teleskop Pro Astrograph 254/1016 EQ6-R Pro.

Above components should serve as a guideline for a suitable equipment that is capable of detecting a major part of asteroids and to determine their positions in order to estimate their ephemerides.

The information will hopefully be helpful to find a starting point for selecting the right equipment for the asteroids survey.


Started: 1997 by Eckhard Kantz