Asteroids project


Dear interested parties in the Asteroids project,

thanks for considering a participation in the project. Please find below a draft how a hypothetical budget of two trillion (= 2000 bn) would be splitted to meet the requirements of the first project phase which objective is taking high-resolution 3D images of presumably more than two million asteroids (also called minor planets) in a time frame of about 50 years (2020 to 2070).

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

PREPARATION:

There will be ten 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 ten crew members who will travel to the asteroids' locations for taking high-resolution 3D images. The costs of 1 bn 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 ten members for travelling our solar system during an about 20 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 twenty 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.

This second draft replaces a first draft which had 1 bn of a hypothetical financial budget and it may hopefully 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 Signal communication.

Thanks and kind regards,

Eckhard Kantz
Project initiator/coordinator


FEEDBACK


Dmitri Kirko, physicist, Moscow, his viewpoint, 2022-02-26:

To realize the problem of protecting the Earth from asteroids it is advisable to look for new physical effects and create fundamentally new inventions, followed by their theoretical explanation, and technical realization.


Marcus Reid, researcher, Munich, 2022-02-21:

A propulsion system with a permanent 1 g accelleration could bring a spaceship in a few days through the solar system. The physics would be based on generating a force against the local quantum frame by making the permanent, intrinsic energy exchange ASYMMETRIC between particles like protons, neutrons, electrons and the quantum vacuum.


Peter Wright, engineer, Bangkok, 2022-02-20:

Ion propulsion could be used already now for space probes that could go to asteroids orbits between Mars and Jupiter. They could use material analysis methods e.g. based on X-ray backscatter signals for discovering the surface material composition during an asteroid fly-by. Furthermore, a camera system could detect smaller asteroids from an observation position inside the asteroids belt which solar light reflections are too weak and which therefore are not visible from Earth.


SURVEY


The following locations have been proposed for the Asteroids monitoring project (flags bar)
and for the involved Multilingual Communication Network (Information Centers) task:


SCIENCE


There was a conference about cutting-edge research and development in the beginning of the year which presentations are available by the links below:

Advanced Propulsion and Energy IV, 2022

2022-01-18: Time for action, the power of coherence

2022-01-19: Fundamental nature of light

2022-01-20: "Vacuum" fluctuation forces and energy

2022-01-21: Gravitational forces and transduction

2022-01-22: Special SSE Session


UPDATES


Update 2022-11-02:

Iran invites Texas to become a member of the Asteroids project group. They will step back to a candidate state in favour of Houston becoming a new location for operating space flights inside our solar system. Thanks to Iran and please welcome Texas in the Asteroids project group.


Update 2022-10-30:

Texas applied for becoming a member of the Asteroids project group. Thank you for your application, GW!

Actually, it would have been great to respond positiv immediately but the intended number of participating parties in the project has been reached already which is 21. That number 21 relates to the 21st degree of consciousness which can be experienced in the project.

Would there be any participant wanting to step back to a candidate state to allow Texas to join the group?


Update 2022-10-23:

Hungary and Poland applied for becoming a member of the Asteroids project group. Please welcome both countries for joining the enterprise.

China applied for Taiwan becoming again a member of the Asteroids project group as a future region of China which will take care for preserving resources on asteroids. Please welcome back Taiwan.


Update 2022-09-21:

Russia was removed from the Asteroids project group because of continuing war against Ukraine after several calls for stopping that war and to step into negotiations for returning to peace in Europe.


Update 2022-09-12:

The former airport region near Peenemünde on the Isle of Usedom has been proposed as a new location for the Asteroids project if Germany would be accepted in the Asteroids project again in future.


Update 2022-08-06:

Taiwan was removed from the Asteroids project group because of being claimed by China.

Germany was removed from the Asteroids project group because of supporting war continuation in the Ukraine instead of negotiations.


Update 2022-04-24:

An astro camera SV305M Pro has been tested on the Omegon Pro Astrograph 254/1016 telescope. A comparison with the Stellarium program suggests that stars can be detected upto the mag 17 to mag 18 range.


Update 2022-03-31:

Registered working hours: 0 h (There haven't been registered any working hours against the Asteroids project by now.)


Update 2022-03-25:

A proposal regarding the fix monthly payment of 1820€ (see update from 2022-02-18) suggests that it should also take other income sources of a participant into account. The fix payment would be reduced by those income respectively it would not be paid if other income exceeds the nominal fix payment.

The nominal variable payment from 1820€ to 4950€ would not be affected by this proposal.

Please feel free to comment on that proposal by email to asteroids@wegalink.eu or by a Signal communication. Thank you.


Update 2022-03-13:

Italy joined the Asteroids project group. Please welcome Italy for a spacetime advanture in the Asteroids project group.


Update 2022-03-11:

Ukraine was removed from the Asteroids project group because of being a war region.


Update 2022-03-08:

Chile and Syria also applied for taking part in the Asteroids project. Please welcome both countries in the Asteroids project group.

A curious investor asked about ownership of the enterprise which is a very important question.

The specific requirement of the Asteroids project is a continuous financial demand. Basically, shares could be evaluated as well based on the consumer price index same as payments to participants. This would mean for example:

These are just first considerations which still have to be discussed in detail.

Thanks for asking.

See you soon!


Update 2022-03-01:

Thanks for asking how starting/finishing work in the Asteroids project is handled.

The Asteroids project will start in a "virtual mode" and the following procedures are proposed:

Please send your comments and questions about proposed procedures to asteroids@wegalink.eu.

See you soon!


Update 2022-02-27:

Thailand and New Zealand have become interested as well in the Asteroids project. Please welcome both countries in the Asteroids project group.

Feedback to the Asteroids project has arrived from open-minded scientists:

Dmitri Kirko, physicist, Moscow, his viewpoint, 2022-02-26:
To realize the problem of protecting the Earth from asteroids it is advisable to look for new physical effects and create fundamentally new inventions, followed by their theoretical explanation, and technical realization.

Marcus Reid, researcher, Munich, 2022-02-21:
A propulsion system with a permanent 1 g accelleration could bring a spaceship in a few days through the solar system. The physics would be based on generating a force against the local quantum frame by making the permanent, intrinsic energy exchange ASYMMETRIC between particles like protons, neutrons, electrons and the quantum vacuum.

Peter Wright, engineer, Bangkok, 2022-02-20:
Ion propulsion could be used already now for space probes that could go to asteroids orbits between Mars and Jupiter. They could use material analysis methods e.g. based on X-ray backscatter signals for discovering the surface material composition during an asteroid fly-by. Furthermore, a camera system could detect smaller asteroids from an observation position inside the asteroids belt which solar light reflections are too weak and which therefore are not visible from Earth.

Please feel free to send your feedback to asteroids@wegalink.eu.


Update 2022-02-18:

Thanks for asking about how participants would be rewarded for their work in the Asteroids project. Please find some thoughts below how it could be implemented:

All hints and suggestions are welcome


Update 2022-02-17:

Actually, China and the US have different strategic plans regarding the asteroids, in particular the exploitation of their resources. This is what makes them not compatible with the Asteroids project. The intention of the Asteroids project is a bookkeeping of all asteroids including taking 3D images from all of them in an about 50 years timeframe. Afterwards, the chances for rebuilding the planet between Mars and Jupiter will be estimated based on technologies that still have to be developed in future. Thanks for the question.


Update 2022-02-16:

Russia have applied for joining again the group of interested parties in the Asteroids project and two locations have been proposed for spaceport sites, Novosibirsk and St. Petersburg. Please welcome back Russia in the project group and find proposed locations added to the survey on the Asteroids project website https://wegalink.eu/asteroids.

A first arrival/launch site for space transporters serving the Asteroids project is being prepared near Greifswald/Germany (about 3h travel time by car/train from airport BER). The site features a measurement system for detecting elastic spacetime deformations. That system intends to estimate a live energetic 3D image of our Sun for climate change research purposes as described on https://wegalink.eu/mvp. At the same time, the system will register extrem deformations of our elastic spacetime during arrival/launch of space transporters due to their interactions with the quantum level.

Please find a design image of that site below. It contains also hints to Portuguese as candidate language for operating space flights to asteroids as well as a hint to Korean as candidate language for scientific work in the Asteroids project.


Update 2022-01-23:

Lisboa/Portugal has been added to Information Centers and Greifswald/Germany to the Asteroids project. Thanks for the hint. Please find an updated world map further up.


Update 2022-01-20:

An Asteroids Meetup Group has been opened for online collaboration on the development of an automated asteroids monitoring system. A first local meeting has been scheduled for February, 2nd in Greifswald/Germany. Additionally, the discussion room can be used for proposing online meetings that may run for example as Signal Video Conferences.

https://www.meetup.com/de-DE/asteroids-meetup-group/
(has been closed in September 2022 because of missing interest)

If you own a telescope or if you have access to an instrument then you may want to contribute to asteroids monitoring with own observations. Please find below a recommendation from April 2021 for recommended minimal requirements of a digital telescope system that can be used successfully for detecting asteroids.

Recommendation on a minimal telescope system for monitoring asteroids (see further down: Update 2021-04-05)


Update 2021-12-31:

Dear interested parties in the Asteroids project!

Lithuania and Germany have applied for joining the Asteroids group. Please welcome both countries in the Asteroids project.

The previously proposed astronomical equipment has been tested with a Sony Alpha 6000 camera.

Please find below an image that shows stars in the Pleiades that point to a minimal magnitude of mag 15.55 which can be observed with used equipment. This is just a first shot which can certainly be improved when using a special astronomy camera that can be cooled down below ambient temperature to further reduce the noise in the image.

Please feel free to comment on this information and to make suggestions how results can be improved.

Thanks and kind regards


Update 2021-09-05:

Well, there seems to be a general preference for Portuguese. So please let's assume that Portuguese is the new proposal for the operation language of the Asteroids project.

In turn, Portugal may participate in generating a Portuguese-Sanskrit interface that is needed as an intermediate language to all other languages on Earth.

Please welcome Portugal in the group of interested parties in the Asteroids project!

No, the Sandhi rules should not be part of the intermediate Sanskrit language container. They come into play however in spoken Sanskrit as it is used e.g. in Karnataka in India.

Thanks for that question.


Update 2021-09-04:

The basic idea for financing the Asteroids project is capital acquisition from private investors and from stock markets.

Furthermore, there was a remark about proposed operation language Spanish. Althought Christopher Columbus' mission was financed by the spanish kingdom, Portuguese is considered his native language. So please feel free to initiate a discussion in your countries about what language would be appropriate for the operation of future space missions.

Should there be any information that you would like be forwarded to the Asteroids project you are invited to send it to asteroids@wegalink.eu.


Update 2021-04-24:

Thanks for 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.

EYEPIECE

A star alignment of the telescope before astronomical observations demands for an ocular with a not too small focal length in order to have alignment stars inside the telescope's field of view. Using an EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC 70° Okular 30mm (2") eyepiece results in about a 2° field of view which allows for aligning the telescope's pointing position conveniently in most situations.

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 of a complete telescope system with a digital camera can be reduced to about 3700 € (January 2022) 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