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Study of options to deflect an asteroid on a collision course with earth

Grant number: 18/17864-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2018
Effective date (End): August 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Astronomy - Positional Astronomy and Celestial Mechanics
Principal researcher:Antônio Fernando Bertachini de Almeida Prado
Grantee:Bruno Chagas Santos
Home Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia (FEG). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Guaratinguetá. Guaratinguetá , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:16/24561-0 - On the relevance of small bodies in orbital dynamics, AP.TEM


The present research project has the objective of studying options to deviate an asteroid in a route of collision with the earth. This is a very current topic of research. It is related to planetary defense, and it has received the attention of researchers worldwide. Several tasks are required, such as characterizing these celestial bodies, determining their trajectory, size, shape, mass, and other parameters to help to measure the consequences of this potential impact. After this step it is necessary to plan and implement measures to divert them from this collision route. (AU)

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