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PDC 2015

International Academy of Astronautics
2015 IAA Planetary Defense Conference
April 13-17, 2015
Frascati, Roma, Italy



For more detailed information, please visit the Conference website

Call for papers is now closed.

Papers were solicited in the areas listed below for the 2015 IAA Planetary Defense Conference, sponsored by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).  The 2015 PDC will include a hypothetical impact event to be both a part of the conference (similar to what was done at the 2013 conference) and where appropriate to be used as a reference for papers and presentations. 

Topic areas for papers include:

Planetary Defense – Recent Progress & Plans 
•    Current national and international funded activities that support planetary defense
•    Program status and plans (e.g., NASA’s NEO program, ESA and EU NEO & SSA program)
•    Current international agreements and coordination activities (UN and others)

NEO Discovery
•    Overviews of current ground and space-based discovery statistics
•    Current discovery and follow-up capabilities, and advances in utilizing archival data
•    Orbital refinements including non-gravitational effects and keyholes
•    New surveys expected to be operational within the current decade   

NEO Physical Characterization that Informs Mitigation
•    Size distribution, albedos, composition, densities, rotation rates, etc.
•    Lessons learned from recent observing programs and plans for improvements
•    The smaller NEOs (≤ 300 m): assessing the physical properties of the more frequent impactors
Mitigation Techniques & Missions
•    Space technologies for asteroid deflection/disruption (e.g., new concepts, kinetic impactor, GNC (e.g. high speed impact and low gravity operations), astrodynamics etc)
•    Flight validation/demonstration missions for planetary defense technologies
•    Robotic and human NEO exploration mission planning and design (e.g., OSIRIS-REx, Hayabusa 2, etc.)

Impact Effects that Inform Warning, Mitigation & Costs
•    Information from the geological record and recent history (e.g., Chelyabinsk, Tunguska)
•    Consequences of ocean and land impacts
•    Economic costs of impacts

Consequence Management & Education
•    Policy or legal analysis that will affect or inform future mitigation plans
•    Educating the public and the media on NEO detection, impact effects, mitigation missions, impact warnings
•    Strategies for developing disaster response plans across international borders
•    Lessons learned from regional and international disasters (e.g.: Fukushima, Chernobyl, Hurricane Katrina) that provide insights for planetary defense

ABSTRACT SUBMITTAL:  Technical paper abstracts (250 to 500 words in length) in the areas described above or related to planetary defense will be accepted electronically through the conference website.

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