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Rotational Mass Driver - an Efficient NEO Deflection Concept

Z. M. Ilitz

Protecting the Earth against Collisions with Asteroids and Comet Nuclei, In: A. M. Finkelstein, W. F. Huebner, V. A. Shor (Eds) Proceedings of the International Conference “Asteroid-Comet Hazard-2009”, StP: Nauka, 381–389 (2010)

Ключевые слова: Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), Near Earth Objects (NEOs), rotational mass driver, NEO deflection concept, method for asteroid deflection, high precision, controllability, wide applicability range, binaries, rubble piles, large objects, direct collision course, efficient to nuclear methods

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There is an Olympic athletic discipline - throwing of a ball on a chain. This paper explores the possibility of using the same method for asteroid deflection. Instead of a chain, however, a tether (or a rope) must be used