Thursday, June 28, 2012

B612 Foundation's Sentinel infrared space telescope

Today, the space blogoverse is afire about the B612 Foundation's announcement that they will be building the first private deep space satellite, the Sentinel Space Telescope, I snipped an excerpt and embedded a video and you can find the entire press release on the RLV and Space Transport blog.
“The orbits of the inner solar system where Earth lies are populated with a half million asteroids larger than the one that struck Tunguska (June 30, 1908), and yet we’ve identified and mapped only about one percent of these asteroids to date, said Ed Lu, Space Shuttle, Soyuz, and Space Station Astronaut, now Chairman and CEO of the B612 Foundation. “During its 5.5-year mission survey time, Sentinel will discover and track half a million Near Earth Asteroids, creating a dynamic map that will provide the blueprint for future exploration of our Solar System, while protecting the future of humanity on Earth.”

CAS Science in Action - Sentinel Mission from D Josh Rosen on Vimeo.