B612 Foundation Plans to Launch Space Telescope to Track Asteroids

Thanks to Space, Science & Robots for the heads-up on the Sentinel Spacecraft. We sure hope B612 get the funding they need. The B612 data sheet on the telescope project doesn’t say anything about the status of fund raising.


(…) B612’s mission is to launch a space telescope, called Sentinel, that will track asteroids in Earth’s region of the solar system. The telescope will follow a Venus-like orbit around the Sun. The goal of the mission is to catalog 90% of the asteroids larger than 140 meters as well as discover smaller asteroids. B612 plans to start building Sentinel in late 2012. It says it will take about five years to build the telescope.