After NASA's DART mission is launched, ESA will launch another rocket for the same planetary defense mission


News! NASA has just launched its DART mission for planetary defense, and ESA is already trying to see a good launch date for its mini radar for the same mission. The ESA mini radar will be included in NASA's DART mission and will establish and bring a lot of data about the asteroid that NASA intends to hit. In addition, above you can see the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 missile mission owned by SpaceX. 

About ESA mini radar that will launch probebly in the next year for the smae mission:

The ESA mini radar for an asteroid was created and tested with the help of Romania. Juventas mini radar is an asteroid radar. Recently, ESA announced that the records for this radar have been successfully released and will begin its mission in 2024. ESA also thanked Romania for its contribution to the development and testing of this radar. However, the mini radar was created with the help of several countries and space agencies, members of ESA, but Romania wanted the biggest contribution.

However, the radar was not developed in Romania, but at the European Center for Space Research and Technology (ESTEC) of ESA in the Netherlands. The mini radar will be included in the Hera mission and will be part of the European space agency's planetary defense program. His mission will be to fly to the Didymos binary asteroid system, as well as to explore them. ESA recently announced that the radar will conduct the first radar probe inside an ateroid in the history of the world. It will be an important step towards the development of planetary defense and the development of the entire space technology, ESA believes.

In 2024, the mini radar will begin its mission aboard the ESA spacecraft, CubeSat Juventas. This mission, as a planetary defense plan ESA will start fixed after NASA will fulfill its mission to hit an atseroid to become its orbit. 

After NASA hits the asteroid Dimorphos, which is a kind of moon for the asteroid Didymos, ESA will take action. ESA will immediately send the created radar that will see the atseroid at 100 meters depth. Asteodi Luna sells 160 meters in diameter, and the other atsreoid, has 780 meters in diameter. Juventas is a CubeSat with "6 units", measuring 10x20x30 cm. NASA and ESA have explained that CubeSats are mini staelites, very small, which are launched into space for more exploration missions.

ESA also issued statements on this mission. "We measure the radiation pattern in a complete sphere surrounding the antennas, as well as the total radiated power. The results should also be very useful for the review of the Juventas project, which will take place next month. The tests also serve as a kind of rehearsal for the Juventas flight model, which is scheduled to be tested here in early 2023. " long ago backed Franco Perez Lissi of ESA's CubeSats Systems unit.

The Juventas construction operation is led by two large companies that have signed a contract with ESA. These are GomSpace in Luxembourg and GMV in Romania. And the radr is developed by several companies, each working on different parts. These are Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble from the University of Grenoble and the Technical University of Dresden (mostly development), Astronika from Poland (development of antennae) and EmTroniX from Luxembourg (development of the signal generation system).

Romania (the country with the largest contribution for the HERA mission) will contribute to the mission with the companies: GMV Innovating Solutions - Romania, ATOS Romania through ATOS Convergence Creator, Sonovision Romania, EFACEC Romania. The companies will assist ESA in developing and driving mini radar on technology and many other segments. The National Research-Development Institute for Optoelectronics - INOE 2000 will be involved in the development of the altimeter.

According to the data, most likely, the ESA mini radar mission will be launched in 2023, to be ready in 2024 to start its mission. But we do not yet have details about the official release date. 

About DART mission:

In this mission, we will really see if humanity can defend itself with the technology of now or even now we cannot. In September 2022, NASA will begin launching technology to modify the asteroid's orbit near Earth. During this period, when NASA and SpaceX will begin the impact procedure with the asteroid, the asteroid and its Moon will be at approx. 11 million km from Earth. It may seem like a lot, but this value is very close to Earth. The bigger problem is that it is getting closer to Earth, so it will not change its orbit in the nearest time and will continue to get closer, so NASA and SpaceX will have to do this mission.

The event will be filmed by LICIACube, a satellite that will accompany the mission in space. Most likely NASA and SpaceX will offer the public the filming with the impact, it will surely be spectacular. "Astronomers will be able to compare observations from several telescopes on Earth before and after impact to see how much the orbit of Dimorphos has changed," said one of NASA researchers in this program, Tom Statler.

The DART shuttle will hit Dimorphos with approx. 24 thousand km per hour. And then, ESA enters (European space agency) with the Hera mission that will do some analysis on the asteroid and its moon. At that time, the DART mission will change the speed of Dimorphos in orbit around the asteroid by 1%, which means a few minutes and probably a small change of direction, so as not to hit the Earth.

All the data from this first planetary defense mission will help humanity in the future, probably when the dangers will be even greater.

NASA, ESA, and SpaceX have announced that the impact will take place only next year, between September 26 and October 1. The entire impact will be filmed live and most likely broadcast on NASA TV. 

We wish success to ESA, NASA, SpaceX and all those who work for the successful completion of this mission. 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 24 November 2021, at 06:20 am Los Angeles time

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