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6th IAA Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure
August 3-4, 2017
Mamaia, Black Sea, Romania

Disruptive innovation and critical space infrastructure

Romanian Space Agency
International Academy of Astronautics

Preliminary program is available (pdf format version)


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 from a nuclear explosion, 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 (Director, European Space Policy Institute)

Dr. Jean-Michel Contant (SG IAA)
Prof. Dr. Adrian Gheorghe (Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA)
Dr. Peter Jankowitsch (Chairman, Trustees Section 4, IAA)
Dr. Detlef Koschny (SSA Office, ESA)
Dr. Marius-Eugen Opran. Principal Senior Scientific Advisor for Security & Defence Projects, Romanian Space Agency
Dr. Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu (Cosmonaut, Romanian Space Agency)
Dr. Alexandru Badea, Director Space Applications, Romanian Space Agency
Prof. Dr. Mihai Datcu, German Aerospace Center, DLR


July 1, 2017            Call for Papers
July 17, 2017          Abstracts Due
July 21, 2017          Final Announcement
July 28, 2017          Final paper due
August 3-4, 2017    Conference
November 2017      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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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:

Registration deadline: July 31, 2017
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 conference(at)

Participants are advised to indicate their flight details when registering.

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.
The utilization of space, nevertheless, also presents new challenges.  In a world where the benefits of space permeate almost every facet of our lives, the growing dependence on space systems equates to increasing vulnerabilities. Furthermore, its common application by increasing number of states and non-state entities raise critical questions on the nature of current space governance and policy, including big data management and data ethics. 
Consequently, the 6th Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure attempts to address these 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.


Thursday 03.08.2017

09:00 - 09:30        Registration

09:30 - 10:00         Welcoming remarks Mr. Marius-Ioan Piso, ROSA

10:00 - 13:00         Session 1: Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure 
Moderator: Mr. Adrian Gheorghe, Old Dominion University, USA

IAA Study Group 5.13              Status Report
Adrian GHEORGHE et al     Internet of Space: Issues for a System of Systems Engineering Approach

Marius-Eugen OPRAN    Space Communications and Cyber Security. A new category of threats: Directed Energy Systems

13:00-14:30        Working Lunch – Restaurant H.  Zenith

14:30-16:00         Session 2: Mega-constellations, Nano-satellites, Nano-launchers
Moderator: Mr. Marius-Ioan Piso, ROSA

Silvana Radu                In Orbit Demonstration Satellite Program

Mihai GANCIU    Lasers for radiation hardness evaluation – applications for nano-satellites

Bogdan MIHALCEA et al    Nano-satellites for space, quantum science and national security. Optical Atomic Clocks”

Roberto SCAGNOLI     The impact of planned mega-constellations on traditional satellite communication systems

Alexandru BADEA, Ion NEDELCU    Nano-satellites for the exploitation of natural and man-made ecosystems for food security and environment (TBC)

Adrian GHEORGHE et al            The sand & the space critical infrastructure

16:00-17:30    Session 3: Persistent communication and surveillance systems, orbital bodies removal
Moderator: Mr. Marius Eugen Opran, ROSA

Mihai DATCU     RADAR systems for space debris monitoring: overview and perspectives

Mircea CERNAT, Ulpia BOTEZATU    Upcoming European programs on communication satellites and space situational awareness

Claudiu TEODORESCU (Deimos)    Improved NEO data processing Capabilities for the ESA SSA-NEO software system

Alexandru GEORGESCU             The Space Vulnerability Cadaster

Calin POPOVICI        Healthcare situations and critical space infrastructures

19:00                                      Dinner – Restaurant H. Zenith

Friday 04.08.2017

09:30- 12:00               Round Table
Panelists: Marius-Ioan Piso, Adrian Gheorghe, Marius Eugen Opran, Alexandru Badea


For any inquiries, any individual request or further information regarding transportation or accommodation details, please contact Ms. Ulpia Botezatu at ulpia.botezatu(at), tel: +4(0) 748 956 958.


Call for papers was available

Romanian Space Agency and the International Academy of Astronautics inviteed papers for the 6th conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure, which will take place in Mamaia, Romania, August 3-4, 2017.

Abstracts should be in English and should include the symposium topic addressed, the problem explored, the methodology used, results and conclusions. A one-page, single-spaced abstract of no less than 300 and no more than 500 words, must be received by July 17, 2017 at conference(at)
The conference will be held in English.

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