Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) 2017 – Day 2

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Tokyo, Japan

The second day of the PDC started with talks about NEO Characterization Results on Session 3, organized by Prof. Alan Harris and Dr. Line Drube, both from DLR and NEOShield-2.

The session started with the talk from Simone Ieva, post-doctoral researcher at INAF, about the Italian contribution to the NEOShield-2 project. He showed the results of the first year of the activity.

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Simone Ieva

Simone’s talk was followed by the talk of Eric Christensen, head of the Catalina Sky Survey, the most prolific Near Earth Objects survey.

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Eric Christensen

On the same session, Prof. Alan Harris (DLR) talked about the relevance of Thermal Inertia to Planetary Defense and Ettore Perozzi (Elecnor Deimos, NEOShield-2) presented the ESA SSA-NEO system evolution.

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Prof. Alan Harris (DLR, NEOShield-2)

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Ettore Perozzi

The NEOShield-2 team also participated with a poster from Maria Antonietta Barucci, Observatoire de Paris, about the Compositional Characterization of Small NEOs.

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Simone Ieva and the poster of the NEOShield-2 colleague Maria Antonietta Barucci, who couldn’t attend the event

Session 4, co-organized by Patrick Michel (CNRS, NEOShield-2), was initiated with the topic Deflection and Disruption Models & Testing.

On this session, NEOShield-2 participated with a poster from Martin Schimmerohn, Fraunhofer EMI, with the topic: Measuring Ejecta Characteristics and Momentum Transfer in Experimental Simulation of Kinetic Impact.

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Martin Schimmerohn and his poster

Later in the afternoon, more information about the hypothetical NEO/Earth impact event scenario was introduced, you can check the new guidelines here.

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Introduction of new information for the hypothetical NEO/Earth impact event scenario

Ending the day, the poster reception took place.

What to expect on Day 3:

Following talks about Deflection and Disruption Models & Testing (Session 4) and talks about Mission & Campaign Designs (Session 5). 

NEOShield-2 participation:

Session 5:


11:30 a.m. (local time): Asteroid Impact Mission: Performing Binary Asteroid Investigation and Supporting Planetary Defense by Patrick Michel, CNRS

1:30 p.m. (local time): NEOShield-2: Overview and Results So Far by Dr. Albert Falke, Airbus DS Germany

1:42 p.m. (local time):  NEOTωIST: A Relatively Inexpensive Kinetic Impactor demonstration Mission Concept by Dr. Line Drube, DLR

1:54 p.m. (local time): NEOTωIST – Design Study of a Kinetic Impactor Demonstration Mission Featuring NEO Spin Change and Observer Sub-Spacecraft by Killian Engel, Airbus DS Germany


NEOShield-2: Design and End-to-End Validation of an Autonomous Closed-Loop GNC System for Asteroid Kinetic Impactor Missions by Marc Chapuy, Airbus DS Toulouse

Keyhole Maps for Post Deflection Impact Risk Assessment by Siegfried Eggl, previous Observatoire de Paris, now NASA/JPL-Caltech

NEOTωIST: Determining the Momentum Enhancement by Siegfried Eggl, previous Observatoire de Paris, now NASA/JPL-Caltech

NEOShield-2: Optical Navigation for Near-Inertial Hovering at Close Proximity of Very Small Asteroids by Simon Delchambre, Airbus DS Germany


Big day for the NEOShield-2 team!


Check Day 1 here.

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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