Directed Energy System for Targeting of Asteroids and ExplorRation

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Directed Energy System for Targeting of Asteroids and ExplorRation (DE-STAR) is a proposed University of California Santa Barbara Experimental Cosmology Group experimental astrophysics group primarily focused on studies of the early universe and astrophysical applications of directed energy. They propose a system to deflect asteroids, comets, and other near-Earth objects (NEO) that pose a credible risk of impact. The objects that cross Earth’s orbit, even relatively small ones, can still have a devastating effect. UCSB group proposes an orbital planetary defense system capable of heating the surface of potentially hazardous objects to the point of vaporization. DE-STAR is a modular phased array of kilowatt class lasers powered by photovoltaics, see directed energy weapon.[1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

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  1. ^ "DE-STAR".
  2. ^ http://iaaweb.org/iaa/Scientific%20Activity/conf/pdc2015/IAA-PDC-15-03-07pr.pdf
  3. ^ "Planetary Defense Coordination Office". NASA.
  4. ^ "DE-STAR".
  5. ^ http://www.deepspace.ucsb.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/SPIE-Optical-Engineering-Towards-Directed-Energy-Planetary-Defense-Lubin-at-al-2014.pdf