Faculty Advisor

Humi, Mayer


As a first step this IQP explored ancient cultures, space commercialization, and survival. We found that one of the greatest threats to humanity survival are near earth objects. Various ways were examined to divert these dangerous objects and we determined that the most feasible methods are moon based lasers. A program was developed which calculate the amount of thrust required to redirect these asteroids. Based on these results, we propose the placement of four carbon dioxide lasers on the moon.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2005

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences