As the ADRC’s first major research project, ISGC study will emphasize a “system of systems” approach to the complex problem of developing planetary defense systems against NEOs.
The project will integrate NEO detection, characterization and deflection into a unified and highly multi-disciplinary research program in an effort to develop practically viable and comprehensive planetary defense system architectures both now and for the decades and centuries to come.
ISGC NEO Mission
A new base program of the ISGC at Iowa State is proposed to identify and develop innovative space technologies to be employed for the robotic and human exploration of near-Earth objects (NEOs), in collaboration with NASA.
The program will help the Asteroid Deflection Research Center (ADRC) and the Aerospace Engineering Department at Iowa State establish a sustainable research program of national stature for developing robotic and human space exploration technologies of emerging national interest. Approximately 5 to 7 outstanding undergraduate students of the proposed base program, each year, will actively conduct space technology research to make significant contribution to NASA’s goal of achieving a first human asteroid mission by 2025.