About this project
Fully funded! Help us reach our stretch so we can take images of all of the asteroids that we create alerts for.
We want to create accessible information about asteroids that fly closer than the Moon - there were forty of these in the last 12 months. (Note: two flew past in the first week of the campaign!)
We will do this by taking data already available to scientists, putting it in one place and making the information clear for everyone. For our backers, we’ll produce a special Asteroid Alert Email too - exclusive for a year!
These asteroids are the most easily accessible from Earth, making them the most advantageous for conducting science and mining. We think that everyone should be able to know this information, because space belongs to all. We’ll display data that estimates the extent of valuable materials that they contain and how much energy that they store.
We need your help
Our team have been investigating the very closest approaching asteroids for the last year, winning an international award with a research paper. We found that it was super hard for us to find easy to read information on asteroids, let alone Very Near Earth Asteroids... even though half of us have PhDs.
We need funds to develop the website where we're placing this information and to create Asteroid Alert Emails as soon as these asteroids are discovered. Very Near Earth Asteroids are generally discovered less than two weeks before their flyby - some even just after they've passed. This means that the information needs to be released as soon as they are found, for maximum usefulness.
It's important that people can find and understand this information easily, as worldwide asteroid detection and follow-up efforts rely heavily on amateurs. This means the more people that are involved, the better.
The website also shows the orbits of all of the known asteroids in the Solar System. We've already created a beta version and it's now available online (you're one of the first to see it!).
We want you to be first to know about asteroids that fly very near to the Earth, so most reward tiers include access to Asteroid Alert Emails, which are exclusive to backers for a year.
Other rewards include 3D prints of asteroids (shown below), the same used by space agencies to provide tactile information to mission scientists.
We also have High Earth Orbit (HEO) Robotics Tees and Hoodies.
We want you to help us shape the way we present information, and the "Size Matters" tier gives you the opportunity to choose size comparison figures.
For the very adventurous, we have a special tier where we'll call backers as well as sending an email every time that an asteroid is discovered that will pass closer than the Moon.
Who we are
We call our team High Earth Orbit (HEO) Robotics. The team consists of William Crowe (Aerospace Engineer), Hiranya Jayakody (Mechatronics Engineer), Dr Michael Woods (Mechatronics Engineer) and Dr Steve Cossell (Computer Scientist).
We're always looking for constructive feedback and so let us know what you think in the comments.
If we exceed our target, it will be possible to unlock our exciting stretch goals!
Stretch 1 - We will endeavor to capture photos of the Very Near Earth Asteroids as they pass by the Earth. We will do this by booking remote telescope time and then share the resulting pictures with our backers.
Stretch 2 - Some of the asteroids that pass very close by Earth are not even detected! There is a gap in detection capability over the Southern Hemisphere - where our team is based. Our team will start planning for a telescope that could cover this gap and discover asteroids that we would not have known about otherwise.
Risks and challenges
The challenges involved with this project largely involve engineering - using data intelligently to find solutions. That's our profession and we look forward to it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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