7th Space Systems Mamaia

7th  IAA Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure

Ways, Means, Resilience

2-3 August 2018
Mamaia, Romania

Poseidon A Hall, 1st floor, Hotel Zenith Conference.

Conference report is available.

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. 
In the context of Space Agenda 2030, the 7th Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure attempts to address some of the tensions mentioned above, 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.

Romanian Space Agency and the International Academy of Astronautics invites papers for the 7h conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure, which will take place in Mamaia, Romania, August 2-3, 2018.

Call for papers in pdf format version was available.

Final Program

Thursday 02.08.2018

09:00 - 09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 - 10:00 Welcoming remarks

Marius – Ioan PISO, President & CEO, Romanian Space Agency

Manuela CATRINA, State Secretary, Ministry of Communication and Informational Society

Toma-Florin PETCU, President of the Sub-Committee for Space, Chamber of Deputies

10:00 - 13:00 Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure

IAA Study Group 5.13 - Status Report
Marius – Ioan PISO, ROSA - Critical Space Infrastructures and UNISPACE +50

Adrian GHEORGHE, Old Dominion University, USA - Resilience and Space Infrastructures

Mircea CERNAT et al, ROSA - Romania’s accession to EU SST Consortium

Coffee break

Round table – Global/European trends on space critical infrastructure

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

14:30 - 17:30 Technical presentations

Mirel BÎRLAN et al, Observatoire de Paris, France - Observational opportunities for Near-Earth Objects

Ionuț GROZEA, Deimos - ESA SSA-NEO: new data processing capabilities and expected effects of an asteroid entry P3-NEO-XIII and P3-NEO

Cristian Corneliu CHIȚU, Bogdan BIJA, GMV - Convergence in industrial development of SST tools and applications within the frame of the Romanian SST initiative

Flaviu RĂDUCANU, ROSA - GOVSATCOM vs. ECI: a Case for Reflection

Roberto SCAGNOLI, RARTEL - GovSatCom participation scenarios for Romania

Mugurel BĂLAN - FDIR on Proba 3 Rendez-vous experiment

Victor VEVERA et al, National Institute for Research and Research in informatics - Critical Infrastructure Protection and Blockchain – potential and threats

Călin POPOVICI, ROSA - Systems of Critical Infrastructure in Healthcare

Adrian GHEORGHE, Farinaz Sabz Ali POUR, Old Dominion University - Ontology for Sand Governance Employing Space and Blockchain Technologies

Bogdan MIHALCEA, National Inst. For Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics - Quantum technology based on ultracold atoms. Applications in global sensing

Chiara MANFLETTI, Jan WŐRNER, ESA - Space Safety for Europe: A proposal for the protection of our planet, of humanity, and assets in space and on Earth from dangers originating in space

Laurentiu ASIMOPOLOS et al, Geological Institute of Romania - Dependency of critical infrastructures from energy, transportation and communications sectors on geomagnetic storms

19:00 Dinner and networking event (Restaurant H. Zenith)

Friday 03.08.2018

09:30 - 11:30 ROSA Center for space critical infrastructures: prospects and development

Coffee break

12:00 - 13:00 Concluding remarks


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 20, 2018 at conference(at)iaamail.org

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
•    local threats of space critical infrastructure on: electronic interference, laser attack on satellite sensors destruction, electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear explosion, cyber attacks


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


July 1, 2018           Call for Papers
July 20, 2018         Abstracts Due
July 23, 2018         Final Announcement
July 31, 2018         Final paper due
August 2-3, 2018    Conference
November 2018      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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A limited number of rooms have been pre-booked, participants wishing to benefit from the block booking rates are invited to contact the hotel, specifying the name of the event.


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.rosa-rc.ro/
Registration deadline: July 31, 2018
The payment of the registration fee can be made:
- by credit card or bank transfer;
- on-site at the Registration Desk.

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Participants are advised to indicate their flight details when registering.


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