As the part of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), American space agency NASA and Honeybee Robotics will work together to develop first ever space shotgun to blast asteroids.The space project can blast asteroids into small pieces for collection as samples when a robotic spacecraft reaches near one such space rock in the near future.
NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) aims to chop off a massive chunk of an asteroid and shift it into the Moon’s orbit. Then, a manned spacecraft will collect samples and send these back to the Earth for further examination.The gun can measure the strength of the space rock. Firing a bullet at a boulder’s surface will enable physicists to work out the solidity of the rock by measuring its rebound speed.
The proposed space project, space shotgun is still in its developmental stage. Set to launch in the early 2020s, NASA has lined up three asteroid targets: Bennu, 2008 EV5 and Itokawa. Two more asteroids will join the lineup prior to the ARM launch.
NASA and Honeybee Robotics are working together for almost 30 years with different space projects. Honeybee Robotics has created various technology and space exploration tools that continue to enrich our understanding of the universe.
Fabio Evangelista is a Brazilian writer.
Crossed Paths is the first book of the Myra-Hati trilogy, an epic adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, for the lovers of sci-fi / fantasy genre. This is the author’s first work published in America.