Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) 2017 – Day 3

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Tokyo, Japan

The third day of the PDC was the day that the NEOShield-2 team participated most.

The day started with the continuation of the Session 4, initiated on the previous day. Later on, the Session 5 got started with the topic Mission & Campaign designs.

The first talks in this session addressed the Asteroid Impact And Deflection Assessment (AIDA), the NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission and the ESA’s Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM). On this topic, Patrick Michel from CNRS and NEOShield-2, talked about Performing Binary Asteroid Investigation and Supporting Planetary Defense on the AIM. Besides his contributions to NEOShield-2, Patrick also performs researches for the AIDA mission together with the Observatoire de la Côte d´Azur (OCA).

In the afternoon, Albert Falke, from Airbus DS Germany, representing the coordination of the NEOShield-2 project, presented the project overview and its achievements so far.

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Albert Falke

Following Albert’s talk, Line Drube, from DLR, introduced the NEOTωIST mission concept, which is a relatively inexpensive Kinetic Impactor demonstration mission concept proposed by the NEOShield-2 project.

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Line Drube

Complementing Line’s speech, Kilian Engel, from Airbus DS Germany, explained how the NEOTωIST mission should be designed featuring NEO spin change and observer sub-spacecraft.

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Kilian Engel

Still related to the Session 5, NEOShield-2 team participated with 4 posters:

  • 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

Marc Chapuy and his poster

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Albert Falke and Siegfried Eggl

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Simon Delchambre and his poster

Closing the day, more guidelines were given regarding the hypothetical NEO/Earth impact event scenario. You can check them here.

The NEOShield-2 team ends its participation in the PDC 2017. That was a great opportunity for the team to present the significantly work they have been doing to protect Earth from the next major asteroid impact.

What to expect on Day 4:

Talks about:

  • Impact Consequences (Session 6)
  • Disaster Response (Session 7)
  • Impact Risk Assessment & Decision to Act (Session 8)
  • Public Education & Communication (Session 9)


Check also Day 1 and Day 2.

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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