B612’s Progress Report Vol. 2: Engaging the World in Planetary Defense

Grigorij Richters
grig@b612foundation.org

October 25, 2016

 

This year has been a year of change, new discoveries, and growth. The support of our donors around the world and the planetary defense community has allowed B612 to be at the forefront of efforts to prevent major asteroid impacts. That is why we are proud to share our 2016 Annual Progress Report with you.

In the report, you can read that:

  • The 2008 Congressionally mandated goal of finding 90% of NEOs larger than 140 meters is within reach.
  • We are investigating a promising new technology called synthetic tracking that could allow us to address asteroids smaller than 140 meters.
  • Impending huge improvements in observing capabilities will lead to a deluge of new asteroid discoveries, and, in response, we are developing the Asteroid Decision Analysis Machine (ADAM), a more capable and open system for understanding, analyzing, and assessing impact and detection scenarios.
  • The second annual Asteroid Day this past June 30th was an international success, with the UN considering for it to be an officially recognized day, and we are preparing for a bigger and better Asteroid Day 2017.

 

This has been an important year for B612. We have transitioned from a small group of committed people with visionary goals into a steady organization with a clear place in an important and emerging field. We have leveraged the donations from our supporters to help change the world, and will continue to do so in the coming years.

We hope you are proud to read this progress report and all of the work so many of you have helped fund.

The B612 Crew

Grigorij Richters
grig@b612foundation.org