An artistic interpretation of a Flyeye telescope on a poster.
|Collection||Space Safety & Security|
|Space Safety & Security||FlyEye|
Asteroids can create many damages when reaching Earth, like the famous Chicxulub that caused a mass extinction 66 million years ago. Even the ones that are not so big and that disintegrate in Earth’s atmosphere can create explosive airbursts, with resulting shockwaves that can shatter glass, damage buildings and injure anyone who happens to be nearby. Every night, ESA’s planned network of Flyeye telescopes would scan the skies for rogue rocks, automatically flagging any that pose an impact risk and bringing them to the attention of human researchers. Similar to a fly’s compound eye, these ‘bug-eyed’ telescopes split each image into 16 smaller subimages, increasing the total amount of sky that can be observed and expanding the field of view.
Dimensions: 30 cm x 21 cm when closed, 60 cm x 42 cm when open.
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