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SPACE.COM - Need for Public & Private Co-operation in Asteriod and Meteor detection and defense. Inspiration Mars & Spacex CRS-3 3/1/13

1 Mar 2013, 05:11 UTC
SPACE.COM -  Need for Public & Private Co-operation in Asteriod and Meteor detection and defense. Inspiration Mars & Spacex CRS-3 3/1/13
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THE RANT

"The recent explosion of a meteor directly over a large population center has highlighted the need for both the private sector ( i.e. http://www.planetaryresources.com/ ), the public sector ( NASA ) and the miliary ( USAF, NORAD, SPACE COMMAND) to come together to participate in the building and maintenance of a asteriod/meteor defense system.

The added benefit of this project is that it would help kcik start the commercial space mining industry and develop American beyond LEO operational skills." - DRS Rant 489154.02.27.13

This month's meteor detonation above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk and Earth's close shave with asteroid 2012 DA14 have kick-started conversations on lessons learned and what steps can be taken to prevent space rock impacts in the future.

One positive action item was actually in place prior to the dual asteroid events of Feb. 15: a new Memorandum of Agreement between the Air, Space, and Cyberspace Operations Directorate of the Air Force Space Command and NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

That document, which was signed on Jan. 18 of this year, spells out specifics for the public release of meteor data from sources such as high-flying, hush-hush U.S. government space sensors.

The recent Russian meteor ...

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