Asteroid Redirect Mission

  • NASA has launched its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission to demonstrate a way to deflect potentially dangerous asteroids. The robotic probe lifted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket and is set to intercept its target in late September 2022.
  • ESA has awarded €129.4 million of funding to the planetary defense mission Hera, which, slated for launch in 2024, will observe the results of humanity’s first attempt to intentionally alter the orbit of a solar system asteroid.
  • The ESA is working on a specially radiation-hardened computer to control its Hera deep-space probe on its task to observe the effects of the Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) mission.
  • NASA has selected the ride for its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, awarding SpaceX the US$69 million launch contract. If all goes to plan, DART will lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket in June 2021 to demonstrate how a spacecraft collision can alter the trajectory of an asteroid.
  • NASA is that much closer to snatching an asteroid after the robotic half of its two-part Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) passed a key program review. The mission to retrieve an asteroid and move it into lunar orbit for study can now proceed to the next phase of design and development.
  • ESA has used a robotic arm to simulate a spacecraft's final approach to an asteroid. The laboratory test is part of the preparation for the proposed Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM), which would be man's first visit to a double asteroid system.
  • NASA has released new details on how it plans for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) to capture and asteroid and return it to lunar orbit for study by astronauts as a rehearsal for a later mission to Mars.