FP trendsDecember 14, 2020 16:02:35 IST
Engineers in the United Kingdom will soon begin work on a spacecraft that will track comets, track them and map three-dimensional celestial objects. According to a report by the Guardian, the mission involves three spaceships designed to work together. The mother ship will be built in the UK by Thales Alenia Space and will have two smaller robotic probes from Japan, which can be released when they are in the immediate vicinity of the comet for extremely close flights. The probes will then transmit images and other data back to the mother ship.
Speaking about the evolution of the comet’s pursuit, Andrew Stanniland, CEO of Thales Alenia Space, said it would be fascinating. He added that the mission will allow scientists to know about the history of the solar system as never seen before.
One press releaseESA Science Director Günther Hasinger said: “Giotto and Rosetta’s huge scientific achievements – our missions inherited from comets – are unmatched, but now is the time to build on their successes and visit a clean comet or be prepared for the next “interstellar object similar to Oumuamua”.
Conformable report, the spacecraft, officially known as the Comet Interceptor, will be launched in 2028 and will head to no one’s gravitational earth on the opposite side of the Earth to the sun. It will wait there until astronomers find a suitable target to investigate. The interceptor could look at any number of celestial bodies from the comets of the Oort cloud to the interstellar asteroid Oumuamua.
Comet interceptor The mission was selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) in June 2019 to combine a discovery in comet discoveries with a compact and agile spacecraft that can reveal to scientists a huge amount of a clean comet entering the inner solar system. for the first time. time. The interceptor will also be able to encounter any interstellar object passing through the solar system if it is in a suitable trajectory.