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1st IAA Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructures

6-7 September, 2012

Mamaia, Romania


International Academy of Astronautics
Romanian Space Agency (ROSA)

co-sponsored by the
International Institute of Space Law (IISL)

Call for Papers (print version)

How economies, health, ecology and governments would be affected by satellites shutdown, and what would be the financial and legal consequences?

Space systems are considered as most stabile human artifacts against possible global disasters on the Earth. Major provider of solid and safe communications, unique source of Earth large scale images and source for permanent global positioning, they ensure relevant planetary informational needs. Space systems are unique in monitoring and protecting the Earth against major threats, as global changes or catastrophic collisions. In the same time, the possible vulnerabilities of space systems are induced by cosmic threats or by military and terrorist disruption or dysfunction.

The operational space capacities are constantly developing and space services are more and more integrated in current societal and individual applications. One might assume that at a certain level of integration, the civilization on planet Earth will became dependent on space assets.

The main objective of the symposium is to generate a frame to elaborate a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the degree of criticality of space systems as essential infrastructures for the Earth civilization, to:
• estimate the critical dependence of basic Earth activities, as basic infrastructures and life, on the functioning of space systems;
• evaluate vulnerabilities of space systems against natural and human made threats;
• generate the quantitative approach to produce recommendations for space agencies and political stakeholders regarding actual utilization and future needs of critical space systems.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to
-    understanding space critical infrastructures and their dependencies: Global and national / entity effects of space critical infrastructures (SCI) malfunction or destruction; Water, Food, Agriculture and Health Energy, Nuclear Industry, Chemical Industry, ICT, Transport, Financial; classification and ranking criteria.

-    dependency of critical infrastructures (CI) on space critical infrastructures (SCI): external threats: space weather (radiations), atmosphere, natural cosmic debris, artificial space debris, natural terrestrial debris; internal threats: electronic interference, laser attack on satellite sensors destruction, electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear explosion, cyber attacks.
-    Case studies on telecommunications, global positioning systems & Earth observation

The official language will be English.


July 15, 2012        Call for Papers
August 15, 2012    Abstracts Due
August 20, 2012    Notification to authors
August  25, 2012   Final Announcement   
Sept 1st, 2012       Final paper due (max. 8 pages)
Sept 6 - 7, 2012    1st Conference
November 2013     Proceedings

You are invited to contribute a paper for presentation at the symposium. A one-page, single-spaced abstract of no less than 300 and no more than 500 words*) must be received by 15 August, 2012.
Abstracts should be in English and should include the symposium topic addressed, the problem explored, the methodology used, results and conclusions so as to allow the Scientific Program Committee to make an informed decision regarding their suitability for inclusion into the conference.

Notification of your paper's acceptance and author's instructions will be sent by 20 August 2012.
Send your abstract by e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Transportation service will be provided from Henri Coanda International Airport to the venue and back (270 km, aprox. 3h by car) on a schedule that will be available for the registered participants.


For any individual request or further information regarding transportation details please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


 Venue: Hotel Golden Tulip Mamaia, Jupiter Hall
  Constanta, code 900001, Romania
  Phone:0040-341 446 732
  Fax: 0040-341 446 731
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Mamaia Resort is worldwide renowned, located in the southeastern part of Romania, in Constanta, on a strip of land between the Black Sea and the Siutghiol Lake.
Golden Tulip Mamaia Hotel is located in the northern part of Mamaia, few meters from the beach, enjoying a great view over the Black Sea.

Please fill in the accomodation form provided and send it to the hotel no later than 20 August 2012.
After this date, reservations will be confirmed upon availability.


To partially offset the cost of the Symposi-um,there will be a registration fee in the order of € 80 that will cover admission to the sessions, the symposium digest, a copy of the pro-ceedings published after the symposium, coffee breaks and lunch. All participants are invited to use the Registration Page of the Conference from the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) Conference System:

The payment of the registration fee can be made:

-    on line  

-    by credit card or bank transfer, instructions can be found on the Registration Page
-    on-site at the Registration Desk

        Participants are advised to indicate their flight
      details when registering.
If your travel arrangements change, please let us know at the following email address : This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


In the framework of the IAA Summit follow-on activities an international cooperation project open to an unprecedented number of countries is being investigated. An IAA Cosmic Study is being undertaken about a nanosatellite for-mation flying systems. This system leaded by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) and open to a large number of space fairing and space emerging countries (capacity building), would be a valuable Space Situational Awareness re-sponse.



Dr. Marius Ioan Piso (President and CEO ROSA)


Mr. Peter Breger (Head of GMES Unit, EC ) tbc
Dr. Sergio Camacho (SG CRECTEALC,Mexico)
Dr. Jean-Michel Contant (SG IAA)
Dr. Iulian Fota (Security Advisor to the Presidency of Romania)
Prof. Dr. Adrian Gheorghe (EURISC)
Dr. Augusto Gonzales (Space Policy Unit, EC) tbc
Dr. Peter Hulsroj (Director ESPI)
Dr. Peter Jankowitsch (Chairman, Trustees Sec-tion 4, IAA)
Dr. Detlef Koschny (SSA Office, ESA)
Mrs. Tanja Masson-Zwaan (President IISL)
Dr. Sias Mostert (Executive Director SunSpace and Information Systems, South Africa)
Dr. Liviu Muresan (Executive Director EURISC)
Dr. Mazlan Othman (Director of UN-OOSA)
Dr. Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu (cosmonaut, ROSA)
Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Head ESA Policies Dept.)
Dr. Paul Weissenberg (Deputy DG Enterprise and Industry, EU) tbc

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