Friday, May 01, 2009

Apophis Winners at Planetary Defense Conference

Apophis Mission Design Competition at the Planetary Defense Conference - Planetary Society blog (Bruce Betts) -

What has been striking to see at this conference is the staying power of the competition. We had hoped for this, and have ourselves been working with space agencies, advocating for consideration of the mission designs. It has been wonderful to see all three winners of the open competition are represented here. Note that all three of the prize winners were considered excellent proposals. Though the prize assignments were unanimous in our review panel, the discussions that led to the line up were long and thorough. In other words, all three were very viable mission designs.