This area will cover relevant news of the threat to the planet from Near Earth Objects (NEOs) including concepts and designs for mitigation. All opinions are those of the author.

15 February 2011

Association of Space Explorers (ASE) NEO Statements at Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Scientific and Technical Subcommittee Forty-eighth session

The Association of Space Explorers (ASE) had a separate presentation and statement from the recent UN COPUOS meeting in February 2011. A selected highlighted portion from their overall statement (presented by Dr. Thomas Jones) follows...

"ASE respectfully calls on the COPUOS and the international community, especially its member states’ space agencies, to approve the immediate activation of the IAWN [Information, Analysis and Warning network] and MPOG [Mission Planning and Operations group] functional groups, getting on with the important business of NEO warning and deflection mission planning."

Other points from their presentation...

Forward Work on NEO Decision-Making:
- AT14 and space agencies to further develop concepts of IAWN and MPOG
- Mission Authorization and Oversight Group (High-level: Security Council?, Multi-lateral discussions at COPUOS and among member states, agencies)
- Member States & Agencies Cooperate on Technical Research and Programs to Inform Decision-Making

Link: Association of Space Explorers NEO Statement to COPUOS/STSC

Link: Association of Space Explorers NEO Presentation to COPUOS/STSC
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