A space-based infrared (IR) survey system is being proposed to NASA by Ball Aerospace as a low-risk, quick-start option to significantly speed up the rate at which potentially lethal asteroids can be discovered. The NEO Survey spacecraft is designed to meet the goal of the Near-Earth Object survey program which aims to pinpoint 90% of the statistically predicted asteroids measuring 140 meters or larger by 2020. Working with ground-based telescopes, Ball says the craft would also ...

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