Colloquium on 29 September 2016
Frontier Development Lab


Title: Frontier Development Lab
Speaker: Nicolas Erasmus
Date: Thursday, 29 September 2016
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Venue: SAAO Auditorium


Nic recently attended NASA’s “Frontier Development Lab” – a research accelerator workshop bringing together post-grad researchers in the field of Planetary Science and Data Science to focus their talents on tightly defined questions surrounding asteroid detection, asteroid characterisation and the deflection of earth-impacting asteroids.

In my talk, I will give a brief overview of the Frontier Development Lab programme and it’s objectives, giving some detail of the three challenges we undertook. I will then go into more detail about the specific problem my team tried to answer, namely which asteroid deflection technique we as mankind should focus our efforts on in preparation of one day facing the inevitable discovery a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA). These are asteroids that are large enough that they could cause significant damage when impacting earth.

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