Your living on a planet without an asteroid defence! see Chelyabinsk for details !!!
That HAS to change, it's all part of growing up in the Cosmos
INSERT COIN FOR CONTINUED EXISTANCE ( aka chuck money at us and get tweeting )
Now if you have deep pockets we might add ketchup with that, just remember we are here to build an asteroid defence not a T-shirt factory ! ( ps your life time EDF tax bill is approx £70 ) ... isn't life tragic!
An immense task lies ahead of us, this 'keep it all' campaign means EVERY £1 counts regardless of how much we raise, no need to wait and see, just pledge away!
As hard core engineers we like to get on with things, Insert coin for the biggest bang per buck you've ever seen!
ALTO1 ( air launch to orbit )
We are developing a low cost Hypersonic comet interceptor, we need something that can cross the Karman line at Mach 4 so the plane is going to be powered by a pair of turbo ramjets that are optimised for its unique 'flight regime' fuel consumption might be suspect! but we are on a mission to save the world!
ATMOS drones will capture unique close up footage of asteroids and comets entering the upper atmosphere. The primary camera is rearward facing, the drones will dive earthward at speeds up to Mach 10 with the space rocks (at Mach 50+) rapidly overtaking them from behind!
Direct intercept is reserved for 'emegencies' and there is no need for a warhead because the kinect energy at Mach 60 closing speeds vastly exceeds any chemical bang! Initial payloads will be glitter jell or dyed ice for radar tracking and photographic analysis, pretty + usefull
The ALTO1 is a 3 seater. Pilot, observer plus an Andromeda Class avionics android in the aft of nose cone! ( the female android is based on the Mk1 Chrystabot ) the android and the aircraft feature Mk2 optoneuronics, all very sci fi but very practical too especially when your intercepting giant exploding plasma balls at the edge of space! ... insert coin for future 'flight sim' fun!
Q) Why the £735 target ?
A) To remind us of the 7.35 billion souls on earth
Q) Aren't we tracking NEO's allready ?
A) Some of them yes, but for every predictable NEO there's a bazillion unpredictable space rocks that we cant track and we wont see until there minutes or seconds from impact!
Q) Why no video intro?
A) For every $1/hour we spend on eye candy we need to spend 99 on nuts n bolts or we would never get the job done! EDF videos are going to be a bit thin on the ground in the short term!
Q) Are you putting your own time and money into this?
A) Yes, WAY too much! but we won't make a dent without massive support! so get backing and get tweeting!