Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System
- ATLAS is an asteroid impact early warning system being developed by the University of Hawaii and funded by NASA.
- When ATLAS is completed in 2015, it will consist of two telecopes, 100 miles apart, which automatically scan the whole sky several times every night looking for moving objects.
- ATLAS can provide one day's warning for a 30-kiloton "town killer," a week for a 5-megaton "city killer," and three weeks for a 100-megaton "county killer".
- The scaled-down prototype, "Pathfinder," is now live on Mauna Loa, Hawaii Island, automatically scanning the sky and sending the data back to Honolulu.
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