Current projects

NELIOTA is a new European Space Agency (ESA) activity launched at the National Observatory of Athens in February, 2015.

The project involves upgrading the 1.2m Kryoneri telescope at the National Observatory of Athens, procuring two fast-frame cameras, and developing a software system, which will control the telescope and the cameras, process the images and automatically detect NEO impacts.

The 1.2m Kryoneri telescope will be capable of detecting flashes much fainter than current, small-aperture, lunar monitoring telescopes. NELIOTA is therefore expected to characterize the frequency and distribution of NEOs weighing as little as a few grams.

The NELIOTA project was presented at IAU 318 (Hawaii, USA; August 2015) and SPIE 9911 (Edinburgh, UK; June 2016).