Thesis Defense by Todd Borzych on April 18th
Todd Borzych, Space Studies master’s student, will defend his thesis as follows. Please mark your calendars, and show your support by attending.
When: Wednesday, April 18th at 3:15 pm (Central)
Where: Ryan Hall, Room 111
Title: “Size-Dependent Earth Impactor Warning Times and Corresponding Campaign Mission Recommendations”
Topic: NASA seeks to reliably detect potential Earth Impactors (EI) in time to defend the planet by deflecting them. Congress has given an unfunded mandate to NASA to lead Spaceguard, a coalition of worldwide observatories and scientists who find, track, and determine impact probabilities for potential EIs. This effort fits within the first stages of a typical military targeting cycle, which begins by detecting and characterizing targets. The military targeting cycle is applied to the EI challenge, with the first half of the analysis focusing on characterizing early warning times for different size objects coming within .05 Astronomical Unit Minimum Orbital Intersection Distance from the Earth. The second half of the analysis is a development of recommendations for acting against EIs, based on the different warning time and size scenarios developed in the first half. These recommendations include, by order of necessity, increased ground-based observation; inexpensive short-termed pre-cursor transponder missions; and a potential suite of near-simultaneous observation and deflection missions.
******Those unable to attend in person may view the live webcast via one of the following options******
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Public feed (video only): Public Live Class
The presentation will be posted on the space studies website archive page at http://realmedia.aero.und.edu/real/flash.asp?class=spst/thesisdefense within a few days of the presentation, and will later be added to the student research webpage for theses found at http://www.space.edu/ResearchandFacilities/StudentResearch.aspx.