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AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
An intercept mission with nuclear explosives is the only practical mitigation option against the most probable impact threat of near-Earth objects (NEOs) with a short warning time (e.g., much less than 10 years). The existing penetrated subsurface nuclear explosion technology limits the intercept velocity to less than approximately 300 m/s. Consequently, an innovative concept of blending a hypervelocity kinetic impactor with a subsurface nuclear explosion has been developed for optimaldoi:10.2514/6.2012-4873 fatcat:dx6amvki4fc7llttud3l7ict3q