Three NASA NIAC talks
0 to 30 minutes – Marco Pavone, Stanford University – Spacecraft/Rover Hybrids for the Exploration of Small Solar System Bodies
31 -60 minutes – Thomas Prettyman, Planetary Science Institute – Deep mapping of small solar system bodies with galactic cosmic ray secondary particle showers
Focus on the third talk
61+ minutes – Marco Quadrelli, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Orbiting Rainbows Phase II
An orbiting rainbow is an artificial cloud in space engineered to reflect electromagnetic energy and perform useful functions.
Lasers hit and trap the tenuous cloud periodically to image distant objects. It is not on continuously because that would fry the cloud material.
Algorithms will be used to pull the clear image from the noise in the system.
Need to bring down the wave front error.
Assuming 10 million grains per aerosol patch, a grain density of 2500 kg/m3, 3 patches of diameter 1 meter, difficulty level 2, cloud thickness 1 micron.
SOURCES – RIT, NASA, NIAC
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