Taking responsibility for our future, together.

The goal of B612 is to protect Earth from asteroid impacts.

Milestones

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2001

First ever workshop at NASA Johnson Space Center on asteroid deflection

2002

Formation of B612 Foundation with stated goal of "significantly altering the orbit of an asteroid in a controlled manner”


2004-2008

B612 leads Apophis debate

2005

B612 publishes invention of Gravity Tractor in Nature (Read)

2005

NASA successfully flies Deep Impact mission



2005

Congress gives NASA the goal of finding 90 percent of asteroids larger than 140 meters, called the George E Brown Act (Read)

2008

B612 funds design study at JPL showing feasibility of Gravity Tractor mission (Read)

2012

B612 announces Sentinel Mission (Read)



2012

Open letter to NASA about deflection mission planning and follow on meetings regarding potential impact of asteroid 2011 AG5
Read Technical Paper >



2013

Sentinel passes it’s first major technical review



2013

Sentinel Mission design published in New Space (Read)


2014

UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and General Assembly pass resolution creating International Asteroid Warning Network

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Milestones

News and resources

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B612's Progress Report Vol. 1: Engaging the World in Planetary Defense

2015 saw tremendous advances in B612's education, advocacy, science and technology efforts. We look forward to partnering with you again in 2016 as we continue to spread the word and engage the world in planetary defense.

News

IEEE, Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers

"Humankind lives in a cosmic shooting gallery." Harold Reitsema, B612 Mission Director, shares why Sentinel is the superior asteroid hunting telescope. Sentinel’s mission is to find 500,000 near-earth asteroids.

10.30.2015
Scientific Research
Article

Asteroid: Doomsday or Payday?

10.29.2015

Will asteroids turn out to be our economic salvation—or instruments of extinction?

Crew Members

  • The ancients were correct in their belief that the heavens and the motion of astronomical bodies affect life on Earth—just not in the way they imagined. ”Sometimes those heavenly bodies run into Earth. This is why we must make it our mission to find asteroids.

    Lord Martin Rees
    STRATEGIC ADVISOR

    Lord Martin Rees

    British Astronomer Royal and Cosmologist

    STRATEGIC ADVISOR

    Lord Martin Rees

    British Astronomer Royal and Cosmologist

  • More NEO observations from the ground and from space are required to understand the asteroid hazard. More research on deflection and mitigation is necessary.

    Carolyn Shoemaker
    STRATEGIC ADVISOR

    Carolyn Shoemaker

    American astronomer and
    co-discoverer of
    Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9

    STRATEGIC ADVISOR

    Carolyn Shoemaker

    American astronomer and
    co-discoverer of
    Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9

  • Legacy should be more than what we do for our families. The Sentinel mission is an opportunity to address a knowable and tangible threat to our civilization. Technology for technology’s sake is interesting. A mission to save the planet is riveting.

    Suzanna Mak
    FOUNDING CIRCLE

    Suzanna Mak

    FOUNDING CIRCLE

    Suzanna Mak

  • Projects B612 undertakes are not just in the purview of large space agencies anymore. Private companies and nations now can compete with more ideas, more innovation and sometimes, collaboration. I think this takes the space industry, space science, and exploration to a whole new level.

    Steve Jurvetson
    FOUNDING CIRCLE

    Steve Jurvetson

    Partner, DFJ

    FOUNDING CIRCLE

    Steve Jurvetson

    Partner, DFJ

  • Working proactively and internationally to prevent serious asteroid impact is a good step.

    Roger Blandford
    STRATEGIC ADVISOR

    Roger Blandford

    Professor of physics at Stanford University

    STRATEGIC ADVISOR

    Roger Blandford

    Professor of physics at Stanford University

We Believe

Technical Excellence

Our extended team of staff, collaborators, and partners combined is are the best and are unparalleled in expertise. The success of our work is dependent on it.

Leadership

We believe it is our responsibility to put our knowledge and expertise to work for the betterment of humanity.

Exploration

We are driven by a thirst for knowledge. Our commitment to discovery is fed by a sense of wonder for the universe, and for our evolving capacity to explore it.

Initiative

We believe in stepping up and addressing unmet challenges. We don’t believe in wishing for the best, but instead in exploring and devising solutions with the best outcomes.

The world needs your help. Be part of our mission crew.