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4th IAA Planetary Defense Conference: 'Assessing Impact Risk & Managing Response’

on 10 March 2015

The President of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), Marius-Ioan Piso, is member of the Program Committee for the International Academy of Astronautics’ (IAA) 2015 Planetary Defense Conference on ‘Assessing Impact Risk & Managing Response’. The event will be held from 13-17 April, 2015 in Frascati, Italy. The 2nd IAA Planetary Defense Conference, took place between 9-12 May 2011 in Bucharest, Romania.

During the event, the participants will discuss various subjects such as: planetary defense - recent progress & plans, NEO discovery, NEO characterization, mitigation techniques & missions, mitigation & costs, consequence management & education.

The conference will include also an exercise where participants will simulate the decision-making process for developing deflection and civil defense responses to a hypothetical asteroid threat.

The threat scenario will begin with the information on a hypothetical object presented on the Near-Earth Object Program webpage. Conference participants will be invited to use the information presented there for analyses of the possible nature of the threatening object, for examining the decision-making process for actions related to possible evolution of the threat, for assessing possible deflection options should the probability of impact increase etc.

That page will be updated with a NEO Deflection App shortly to aid in these analyses.

Updates to information on the threat and the threatening object will be provided each day of the conference.

The last day of the conference will be dedicated to the final response to threat, potential consequences of impact, and possible disaster recovery issues and options.

Further details are available on the webpage of the event.