Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) 2017 – Day 1

Monday, May 15, 2017, Tokyo, Japan

The first day of the PDC was marked with talks about Key International and Political Developments (Session 1) and Advancements and Progress in NEO Discovery (Session 2).

In the first session, Dr. Line Drube from DLR and NEOShield-2 talked about SMPAG Working Group on Legal Issues in Planetary Defense.

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Dr. Line Drube

The hypothetical NEO/Earth impact event scenario was also introduced today, you can check the guidelines here.

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Presentation of the hypothetical asteroid threat exercise

What to expect on Day 2:

Talks about NEO Characterization Results (Session 3) and Deflection and Disruption Models & Testing (Session 4).

NEOShield-2 participation:

Session 3:


09:00 a.m. (local time): The Italian contribution to the NEOShield-2 EU project: Results of the first year of activity by Simone Ieva, INAF

11:15 a.m. (local time): Relevance of Thermal Inertia to Planetary Defense by Alan Harris, DLR

12:15 a.m. (local time): The ESA SSA-NEO System evolution by Ettore Perozzi, Elecnor Deimos


NEOShield-2 European Project: Compositional Characterization of Small NEOs by Maria Antonietta Barucci, Observatoire de Paris

Session 4:


Measuring Ejecta Characteristics and Momentum Transfer in Experimental Simulation of Kinetic Impact, by Martin Schimmerohn, Fraunhofer EMI


Check the full list of the NEOShield-2 participation here.

Check the whole PDC program here.

You can stream live or check later all the speeches here.

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