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International Academy of Astronautics
5th IAA Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure

August 09-10, 2016
Mamaia, Romania



Conference report is available.

Call for papers was available.

Romanian Space Agency and the International Academy of Astronautics invited papers for the 5th conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure, which took place in Mamaia, Romania, August 9-10, 2016.

Abstracts should be in English and should include the symposium topic addressed, the problem explored, the methodology used, results and conclusions. A one-page, singlespaced abstract of no less than 300 and no more than 500 words was to be received by July 29, 2016 at conference(at) The conference was held in English.


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. 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
- External threats of space critical infrastructure: space weather, atmosphere, natural cosmic debris, artificial space debris, natural terrestrial debris
- Internal threats of space critical infrastructure on: electronic interference, laser attack on satellite sensors destruction, electromagnetic pulse, cyber attacks


Chair Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso
 (President and CEO, Romanian Space Agency; Chairman, Trustees Section 4, IAA)
Co-chair Dr. Sergio Camacho
(Secretary General CRECTEALC, Mexico)
Rapporteur Dr. Peter Hulsroj
(Former Director, European Space Policy Institute)


Dr. Jean-Michel Contant (SG IAA)
Prof. Dr. Adrian Gheorghe (Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA)
Dr. Peter Jankowitsch (President IAA)
Dr. Detlef Koschny (SSA Office, ESA)
Dr. Liviu Muresan (Executive President EURISC)
Prof. Wolanski Piotr (Poland)
Dr. Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu (Cosmonaut, Romanian Space Agency)
Dr. Luca del Monte (European Space Agency)
Prof. Setsuko Aoki (International Institute of Space Law)


June 5, 2016         Call for Papers
July 29, 2016         Abstracts Due
August 5, 2016       Final paper due
August 9-10, 2016  5th Conference
November 2016      Proceedings


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: Zenith – Conference & Spa Hotel
Phone: +40 372 418 499
Mobile: +40 732 121 601
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Participants are invited to fill in the hotel reservation form that can be found on the Registration Page.


To partially offset the cost of the Symposium there is a registration fee of €80 that covers 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:http://events.rosarc. ro/indico/ Registration deadline: August 5, 2016 The payment of the registration fee can be made: - by credit card or bank transfer; - on-site at the Registration Desk. For inquiries regarding payment, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Participants are advised to indicate their flight details when registering.

Space is a strategic asset. Space systems are fundamental to enhancing national security, foreign policy, and global economic interests, in addition to expanding scientific knowledge. Yet, the development of dual-use technologies calls for an integrated perspective towards protecting space-related processes – a continuum that includes civilian and military functions as well as security and defense operations. As more nations and non-state actors develop counter-space capabilities, threats to space systems are likely to increase, thus highlighting the need for finding innovative ways to protecting the individuals and the modern lifestyle.

Space is also becoming increasingly contested – space systems and their supporting infrastructure confront a range of natural and man-made threats that could potentially deny, degrade, deceive, disrupt, or destroy them. The interconnected nature of space capabilities and the world’s growing dependence on them mean that irresponsible acts in space have damaging consequences for all nations. Moreover, in recent years the problem of space pollution, including debris from accidental and deliberate satellite destruction, as well as concerns over hostile counter-space programmes (e.g. navigation jamming, communications interception), has become a cause of concern.

The 5th Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure attempts to address some of these issues and tensions in order to build a common rationale and straightforward understanding of the ways in which short and long-term space-related action should be framed for the benefit of all actors involved.


For any inquiries, any individual request or further information regarding transportation or accommodation details, please contact Ms. Ulpia Botezatu at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , tel: +4(0) 748 956 958.

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