What Are NEOs and the Technical Means and Constraints of Solar System Mapping?

  • William Crowe
Part of the Space and Society book series (SPSO)


This chapter presents an overview of the current uses of technology to find and characterize asteroids and comets, specifically those methods used for NEOs and the inherent challenges involved. This will be followed by a summary of the present state-of-the-art of what is known and inferred about the external and internal properties of these bodies. These properties include size, material, relative velocities and distribution about the Solar System. Finally, it takes a look at what characterization programs are planned and in development, as well as possible future infrastructure that could provide improved detection and characterization capabilities.


NEO Asteroid Discovery NEO Solar system Orbital mechanics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UNSWSydneyAustralia

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