Ideas
Explore the world's #1 largest database of ideas and innovations, with 457,724 inspiring examples.
Trend Reports
Discover why 1,231 brands rely on our AI-powered Trend Reports to get better, faster insights.
Newsletter
Join 321,891 subscribers who rely on our weekly newsletter to keep up with need-to-know trends and insights.
How to Hunt
Learn more about how to hunt megatrends, ideas, patterns and opportunity.
Consumer Insights
Uncover major shifts and emerging opportunities with our exclusive PRO research.
Trend Reports
Discover why 1,231 brands rely on our AI-powered Trend Reports to get better, faster insights.
Newsletter
Join 321,891 subscribers who rely on our weekly newsletter to keep up with need-to-know trends and insights.
How to Hunt
Learn more about how to hunt megatrends, ideas, patterns and opportunity.
Advisory & Services
Accelerate innovation and ignite disruptive thinking with our award-winning programs and research.
Trend Reports
Get fast, customized trend reports, presentations and deep dives 20x faster than traditional research.
Plans
Get started today with a free consultation, our self-serve tools, or a dedicated program.
Articles & Magazine
Get inspired with our 4,203 innovation strategy articles, keynote, videos and innovation tools.
Innovation Awards
Trend Hunter’s Innovation Strategy Awards recognize the best innovation tactics gathered from our interviews with some of the world's most notable business leaders, authors and change makers.
Advisory & Services
Accelerate innovation and ignite disruptive thinking with our award-winning programs and research.
Innovation Assessment
Enhance your innovation potential with a deeper understanding of your unique innovation archetype and how your organization benchmarks.
FuturistU
Prepare for the years ahead with 100+ lessons, tactics, tools and frameworks with our full learning database.
Innovation Books
Join 20,000,000 people getting better and faster with our New York Times Bestselling books and keynote videos.
Jeremy Gutsche
Ignite your event or virtual event with our CEO, a NY Times Bestselling Author and one of the top innovation keynote speakers.
Our Team of Speakers & Virtual Presenters
Inspire your group with our most popular speakers on innovation, trends, change and futurism.
Custom Training & Events
Bring the Future Festival experience directly to your team or co-hosted custom event.
Custom Masterclasses
Join the world's leading brands who leverage our custom programs to accelerate innovation.
FuturistU 5-Day Program
Become a Futurist with our immersive 5-Day program at Future Festival World Summit.
Online eLearning
Learn the fundamentals of futurism and trends with 100+ online courses about innovation.
How to Hunt
Learn more about how to hunt megatrends, ideas, patterns and opportunity.
Contact
Get in touch to learn more, ask a question or submit a tip.
About Us
Learn more about Trend Hunter and how we accelerate innovation.
Follow-Us
Join our 3,500,000 social media followers, on the cutting edge.
How to Hunt
Learn more about how to hunt megatrends, ideas, patterns and opportunity.
FAQ
Get answers to common questions about Trend Hunter.
Community
Stay on the cutting-edge with the help of the Trend Hunter community.
Team
Meet the team trusted by hundreds of leading businesses worldwide.
Jobs
Find opportunities to accelerate your career with the #1 Trend Firm.
News
Catch up on noteworthy Trend Hunter news and media mentions.
Join
Build a portfolio and put your trend-spotting abilities to the test.
Advertising
Supercharge your marketing by partnering with Trend Hunter.
Portfolio
Visit your public portfolio and browse your past articles.
Add a Trend
Write up an article and showcase your trend-spotting skills.
My Trends
Edit your articles and see how they stack up on the leaderboards.
Settings
Edit your profile, connect your social media accounts, and more.
Add a trend, customize your dashboard, or track topics.
Future Festival
Innovation Events
Join the world's top innovators at our in person events.
Free Webinars
Learn to innovate through chaos, navigate the new normal and maintain work culture from home.
Custom Training & Events
Bring the Future Festival experience directly to your team or co-hosted custom event.
Search our database of 457,724 cutting edge ideas.

Asteroid Smashing Spaceships

ESA to Begin Conducting Experiments for Controlled Asteroid Collision

— January 23, 2013 — Unique
If movie masterpieces like 'Armageddon' and 'Deep Impact' have taught us anything, it is that asteroids are little more than pieces of lethal space shrapnel, waiting to only enter our atmosphere and vaporize all life on this planet. It's perhaps (but probably not) with this in mind that the European Space Agency (ESA) is beginning to experiment with a two-piece spacecraft to collect and observe results of a hyper-velocity collision.

The mission is interesting because scientists don't really know what will happen with the collision at speeds of 6.25 km/sec, a speed that will cause matter to vaporize instead of break apart like usual. The asteroid in the cross-hairs, 65803 Didymos, should yield interesting results as it has a smaller satellite mass orbiting it. The mission would have one half of the spaceship colliding with the smaller mass while the other half stays back and measures the results of the space collision. The mission is tentatively scheduled for 2022.

No word on whether Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis are available for some real life asteroid smashing.
Trend Themes
1. Controlled Asteroid Collision - Opportunity for developing new methods for controlling and observing asteroid collisions at high speeds.
2. Hyper-velocity Impact - Potential for studying the behavior of matter vaporization when subjected to hyper-velocity impact.
3. Satellite Measurement - Exploring the use of satellites to measure and observe the results of space collisions.
Industry Implications
1. Space Exploration - Space agencies and companies could capitalize on the opportunity to develop new technologies and techniques for asteroid collisions.
2. Aerospace Engineering - Opportunity for aerospace engineers to design and build spacecraft capable of withstanding high-speed collisions and measuring the results.
3. Scientific Research - Scientific researchers can take advantage of this opportunity to gather data and insights on the behavior of matter during hyper-velocity impacts.
0.6
Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness