They plan to launch the spacecraft on November 24, 2021. The launch vehicle will be the Falcon 9. The ultimate target in this mission is Dimorph. It is planned that the probe will crash into it on October 2, 2022 at a speed of 6.6 km / s. After that, the author continues, the device will shatter into smithereens, and only a crater will remain on the space object. At first glance, it seems like it’s useless.
However, mathematical calculations suggest otherwise. According to them, the speed of movement of Dimorph in its orbit will increase by 0.4 mm / s. This will change the trajectory of movement and will lead to the fact that one revolution around Didim the satellite will make 10 minutes faster. That is, the force of the collision should be enough to save humanity from a catastrophe.
The only problem the scientists faced was the lack of knowledge about the degree of porosity of the Dimorph structure. But in any case, the impact of the probe will knock out many fragments from the surface of the asteroid, which will then fall on the surface of our planet in the form of a meteor shower.