The B612 Foundation announces the Sentinel Mission space telescope project
The B612 Foundation Announces The First Privately Funded Deep Space Mission
New Infrared Space Telescope In Solar Orbit, Up To 170 Million Miles From Earth, Will Protect Humanity, Map The Inner Solar System, And Enable Exploration
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 28, 2012) – In a press conference at the California Academy of Sciences Thursday morning, the B612 Foundation unveiled its plans to build, launch, and operate the first privately funded deep space mission – SENTINEL – a space telescope to be placed in orbit around the Sun, ranging up to 170 million miles from Earth, for a mission of discovery and mapping. The Foundation leadership and technical team include some of the most experienced professionals in the world to lead this effort.
“The orbits of the inner solar system where Earth lies are populated with a half million asteroids larger than the one that struck Tunguska (June 30, 1908), and yet we’ve identified and mapped only about one percent of these asteroids to date, said Ed Lu, Space Shuttle, Soyuz, and Space Station Astronaut, now Chairman and CEO of the B612 Foundation. “During its 5.5-year mission survey time, Sentinel ...