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Space Systems 2014 Print
International Academy of Astronautics
 3rd IAA Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure

August 21-22, 2014
Mamaia, Romania


Revealing dependency: Do you know in how many ways you depend on the functioning of space systems?

Romanian Space Agency
International Academy of Astronautics


Space systems have become key enablers for a wide variety of commercial, scientific and military applications. The rapid growth of their capabilities has offset some of the size of the required investment and new developments promise an even greater reduction in the cost of space infrastructure. As such, some of the extant space systems have become deeply embedded in the functioning of advanced societies, supporting economies, lifestyles and governance processes. The increasing dependence on certain space systems places them firmly in the area of critical infrastructure, whose disruption or destruction would generate lasting damage. This inclusion into critical infrastructure theory is even more warranted as space systems have become a technological backbone for existing recognized critical infrastructures, such as energy, transportation, administration and others. The reliance of infrastructure systems-of-systems on space based command, coordination and control capabilities during normal functioning, but especially during emergency and crisis situation management processes, means that space systems fulfil the requirements for critical status.
The main objective of the conference 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.


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

Dr. Sergio Camacho (SG CRECTEALC, Mexico)

Dr. Peter Hulsroj (Director ESPI)

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. Peter Jankowitsch (Chairman, Trustees Section 4, IAA)
Dr. Jan Kolar (Czech Space Office)
Dr. Detlef Koschny (SSA Office, ESA)
Dr. Liviu Muresan (Executive President EURISC)
Prof. Piotr Wolanski (Poland)
Dr. Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu (cosmonaut, ROSA)
Dr. Luca del Monte (ESA)
Prof. Setsuko Aoki (Mrs) (IISL)


June 23, 2014 Call for Papers
July 20, 2014 Abstracts Due - Extended to July 31st, 2014
August 4, 2014 Notification to authors
August 8, 2014 Final Announcement
August 20, 2014 Final paper due (max. 8 pag)
August 21 - 22, 2014 3rd 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
- 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:
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Modern societies are highly dependent on the continuous operation of critical infrastructures that ensure the supply of crucial goods and services. These include amongst others power supply, drinking water supply, information and communication technologies or waste disposal. Disruptions may have rapid repercussions for the population and the basis of its livelihood and can affect other critical infrastructures through domi¬no effects: a large scale power blackout will also disrupt the water supply, telecommunications, and rail transport.

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Transportation service will be provided from Henri Coanda International Airport to the venue and back (230 km, aprox. 3h by car) on a schedule that will be available for the registered participants.

Venue: Hotel Golden Tulip Mamaia
Constanta, code 900001, Romania
Phone: 0040-341 446 732
Fax: 0040-341 446 731
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Participants are invited to fill in the hotel reservation form that can be found on the Registration Page.


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 July 31st, 2014.
Abstracts should be in English and should include the symposium topic addressed, the problem explored, the methodology used, results and conclusions.
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