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8th IAA Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure

8th IAA Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure

June 27-28, 2019

Mamaia, Black Sea, Romania

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Romanian Space Agency
International Academy of Astronautics

Call for Papers is available in pdf print format version


Romanian Space Agency and the International Academy of Astronautics invites papers for the 8h conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure, which will take place in Mamaia, Romania, June 27-28, 2019.

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 June 12, 2019 at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
The conference will be 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 from a nuclear explosion, cyber attacks


May 21, 2019              Call for Papers
June 12, 2019             Abstracts Due
June 16, 2019             Final Announcement
June 21, 2019             Final paper due
June 27-28, 2019        Conference
November 2019           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. Participants are advised to indicate their flight details when registering.


Venue: Zenith – Conference & Spa Hotel
Phone: +40 372 418 499
Mobile: +40 732 121 601
E-‐mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Block booking has been made for a limited number of rooms, participants are invited to send their booking request to Ms. Ramona Riciu, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , before the 7th of June 2019.


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: June 21, 2019

For inquiries regarding payment, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Modern societies are highly dependent on the continuous operation of critical infrastructures that ensure the supply of crucial goods and services. We face an unprecedented growth of the activity and diversity of space applications directed to support current human activities, ranging from agriculture and health to politics and finance. The day-by-day obvious dependence of the Earth citizen on space services, as the positioning-navigation-timing, traffic management, weather services, communications and broadcasting services demands a fast increasing number and performance of satellites as space and ground segment.
Human society is also becoming dependent of space systems in essential areas that are not only food, money or conflicts. Space science and space exploration missions are producing data for discoveries making dramatic changes in the scholastic fundamental physics but also in applied sciences giving us more and more facts about who we are. Science became dependent on outer space activities
The 8th Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure attempts to address some of those aspects, 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.


Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso (President and CEO, Romanian Space Agency; Chairman, Trustees Section 4, IAA)
Dr. Jean-Michel Contant (SG IAA)
Prof. Dr. Adrian Gheorghe (Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA)
Dr. Peter Jankowitsch (Chairman of 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
Dr. Mircea Cernat, Romanian Space Agency

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