Listen: NASA and SpaceX partner for Asteroid Deflection Mission
"And SpaceX are going to be working together to deflect an asteroid. It's. Called dart the double asteroid redirection test, and it will take flight place on top of Felker nine rocket in June of twenty twenty one from the Vandenberg Air Force base in California. And now the mission of dart is to smash set late into an asteroid's tiny moon in order to it off of its orbit in. It sounds exciting. But if the mission fails it would result in derailment of Nasr's, Connecticut impact technique. However, if it successful it'll provide very crucial data that will inform its deployment against an actual asteroid that's approaching our planet. So they're going to send a probe up the gonna hit one of these asteroids moons, deflect it out of the orbit. And this is the first test case, you know, this is the first time that they're going to try this out. So if it's successful, this is going to be great is gonna send us data that will tell us that. Hey, this is possible. We can do it on a bigger scale. We can do it for something else. Not just a tiny moon, and they're going to smash into this moon going at around thirteen thousand five hundred miles per hour in it's going to reach the target in twenty twenty two and it'll be eleven million kilometers away from earth. And this is really cool because this is a different kind of mission for SpaceX. It's not just transporting humans and cargo to and from the international space station. This is a scientific mission. And this could open up doors to NASA in space x working together in different forms in the future. And this mission is going to be a relatively cheap in the grand scheme of things. It's going to be about sixteen nine million dollars, including the SpaceX launch and the full mission. So sixty nine million dollars compared to you know, billions of dollars for Mars rocket. It's relatively cheap in that sense. So a lot of. Any but for space. It's not bad in the asteroid. They're gonna go after his daddy mass. It's provisional destination. Nineteen Ninety-six GT sub Columbus asteroid in has a binary system classified as potentially hazardous asteroid and near earth object of both the Apollo and armor group in this is really cool. So there's a hero spacecraft, which is an Isa's spacecraft. It's destination is the same asteroid as NASA and SpaceX mission. So they're working together. Nasa in ISA on this mission in it's really cool because Isa's spacecraft is gonna try to fly itself there. So it's gonna be a Thomas it'll be flying to the asteroid by itself in with new techniques that ISA has developed not only does this space craft have autopilot. It can dodge space debris for something coming at this thing. It'll move out of the way. So it will take flight alongside Nasr's asteroid impact in deflection assessment mission spacecraft, the eight emission would focus on Nasr's double asteroid redirection tests, the dart test as I spoke about before it's basically a defense system for and it'll redirect asteroids. So if ISA NASA can work together, we could send out autonomous said lights to these asteroids, destroyed them move them out of the way, whatever we need to do to them. And you know, we're going to protect the earth with these kind of technologies it's kind of incredible. And this is where it gets really really cool. So the hero space craft each e spacecraft. It's going to detach from its launch vehicle in orbit around the asteroid. Right. So it's going to be orbiting around the and then the NASA probe is going to do its thing. It's going to deflect the moon of the asteroid and Isa's here. Space craft is going to watch everything autonomously, and then it will swoop in into leagues Zaman the crater after the collision. So it's gonna give us data about the initial collision from NASA spacecraft and also after the space craft does its thing and the aftermath of the collision in the self-driving like tesla while not driving. I guess flying would be the best word for it. But it's has similar systems to Atanas vehicles on earth."