KinetX Aerospace Joins the HSE to Research Planetary Defense
A recently signed Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) solidifies a new phase of the ongoing relationship between KinetX and the HSE and the success these organizations achieved over the past year on a MegaGrant contract. Joint efforts will help track potentially dangerous asteroids and explore other interplanetary space projects.
KinetX Aerospace and the National Research University Higher School of Economics are teaming on research efforts to detect and deflect potentially harmful asteroids from colliding with Earth. The Chelyabinsk asteroid event in Russia earlier this year highlighted the destructive power of smaller asteroids (it was only 17 meters across) that are not currently tracked.
A recently signed Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) solidifies a new phase of the ongoing relationship between KinetX and HSE and the success these organizations achieved over the past year on a MegaGrant contract.
The initial focus of the joint team under this MOC was planetary defense. The KinetX / HSE team presented initial approaches to tracking potentially dangerous asteroids not currently being tracked as well as how the risk might be mitigated at the International Academy of Astronautics Conference, ‘Gathering for Impact!’, held in April in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Further work outlined in the MOC includes interplanetary space projects that advance space education, international space missions and commercial ventures.
— The next steps in space will be done via international and commercial cooperation, not by individual countries trying to shoulder the entire expense, — said . — Relationships like ours that team the research prowess of HSE with the deep space exploration experience KinetX personnel have in landing a spacecraft on an asteroid, and soon with OSIRIS-REx, are a solid foundation for mutually beneficial advancements.
The MOC will provide an opportunity for HSE to utilize the newly-developed Laboratory of Space Research, Technologies, Systems and Processes that was started during the execution of the MegaGrant contract. This laboratory focus is on the development of world-class space research and to provide students and post-graduates an opportunity to develop and work on actual space missions.
The MOC requires the same strict adherence to all International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which the KinetX / HSE team have followed during MegaGrant contract, operating under a Technical Assistance Agreement that was approved by the U.S. State Department.
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