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Mamaia 2013

International Academy of Astronautics
2nd IAA Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure
How much do we depend on satellites to support our most critical infrastructure
and to live modern and mobile lives?

August 29-30, 2013

Mamaia, Black Sea, Romania

Romanian Space Agency  (ROSA)
International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)


Conference report is available.


Final program is available.


Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso (President and CEO ROSA)

Dr. Sergio Camacho (SG CRECTEALC, Mexico)
Dr. Jean-Michel Contant (SG IAA)
Dr. Sorin Encutescu (Senior Advisor for National Security to the Prime Minister of Romania)
Dr. Iulian Fota (Security Advisor to the Presidency of Romania)
Prof. Dr. Adrian Gheorghe (Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA)
Dr. Augusto Gonzales (Head of Space Policy Coordination Unit, DG Enterprise and Industry)
Dr. Peter Hulsroj (Director ESPI)
Dr. Peter Jankowitsch (Chairman, Trustees Section 4, IAA)
Dr. Detlef Koschny (SSA Office, ESA)
Dr. Tanja Masson-Zwaan (President IISL)
Dr. Sias Mostert (Executive Director SunSpace and Information Systems, South Africa)
Dr. Liviu Muresan (Executive President EURISC)
Dr. Mazlan Othman (Director of UN-OOSA)
Dr. Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu (cosmonaut, ROSA)
Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Director of ESA Policies Dept.)


Space-based systems enable a wide spectrum of applications which play a fundamental role in our everyday life (TV, Internet or geopositioning), help ensure our security, and are critical to key areas of the economy. Space-based applications together with derived services and space research have become critical for the implementation of both EU and worldwide policies, such as environment, climate change, maritime policies, development, agriculture, security related policies, as well as the furthering of technical progress and industrial innovation and competitiveness.
With increasing dependence on space-based services, the ability to protect space infrastructure has become essential to our society. Any shutdown of even a part of space infrastructures could have significant consequences for the well-functioning of economic activities and our citizens' safety, and would impair the provision of emergency services.
The main objective of the symposium is to generate a frame 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 terrorist 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
- dependency of critical infrastructure sectors on space systems: Water, Food, Agriculture, ICT, Transport, Financial, Health, Energy, Nuclear Industry, Chemical Industry
- dependency of space critical infrastructure on external threats: space weather, atmosphere, natural cosmic debris, artificial space debris, natural terrestrial debris
- dependency of space critical infrastructure on 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 01, 2013            Call for Papers
August 05, 2013        Abstracts Due
August 10, 2013        Notification to authors
August 15, 2013        Final Announcement
August 20, 2013        Final paper due (max. 8 pag)
August 29-30, 2013   2nd Conference
November 2014         Proceedings


To partially offset the cost of the Symposium 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 proceedings 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 (IAA shop payment, please click on the button below)
Registration is closed.

- 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:
events2013 (at)

Recent societal remarks, such as the Global Risks World Economic Forum (January 2013), reveal that damage to space-based infrastructure is one of the more esoteric global risks. The lack of broad awareness of the space systems sector has been emphasized by the European Commission proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council (February 2013) for the establishment of a space surveillance and tracking support program, and by NATO as well.


Call for papers (print version is available)
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 August 5, 2013.
Abstracts should be in English and should include the symposium topic addressed, the problem explored, the methodology used, results and conclusions.
Send your abstract by e-mail to: conference (at)

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