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08 August 2009

Agenda for Upcoming "Asteroid–Comet Hazard – 2009" Conference (September 21 – 25, 2009, St. Petersburg, Russia)

Agenda is up for the upcoming Asteroid–Comet Hazard – 2009 conference to be held from September 21 – 25, 2009, St. Petersburg, Russia. On Friday, September 25 they have a session on NEO mitigation. Here is the specific program for that session:

Session 8. Investigations of NEOs in situ. Counteraction NEO Hazard

A. Harris (Space Science Institute).
Estimating the NEO population and impact risk: past, present and future.

M. A’Hearn (Department of Astronomy of University of Maryland).
Deep Impact and deflection of NEOs.

A. Bar-Nun, D. Laufer, I. Pat-El (Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences of Tel-Aviv University).
The structure of Comet Temple 1 from Deep Impact and Laboratory Experiments.

R. Landis, D. Korsmeyer (NASA Ames Research Center), P. Abell (NASA Johnson Space Center of Planetary Science Institute), D. Adamo (Trajectory Consultant), T. Jones (Association of Space Explorers).
Robotic precursors & piloted missions to near-Earth objects: a scientific and planetary defense rationale.

V. Pol’, А. Simonov (S.A. Lavochkin Scientific-Technology Association of Federal Space Agency), L. Rykhlova (Institute of Astronomy of RAS).
Reconnaissance and tracking mission to the asteroid Apophis.

V. Ivashkin, (M.V. Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, RAS, Moscow, Russia, ), C. Stikhno, (S.A. Lavochkin Scientific-Technology Association, FSA, Khimki, Russia).
A study of the orbit correction of the asteroid Apophis

V. Pol’, A. Simonov (S.A. Lavochkin Scientific-Technology Association Association of Federal Space Agency).
Possibility of delivery of counteraction means to the threatening asteroids.

W. Huebner, D. Boice, S. Chocron, A. Ghosh, R. Goldstein, J. Mukherjee, W. Patrick, M. Tapley, J. Walker (Southwest Research Institute), P. Bradley, P. Giguere, J. Guzik, J. Keady, C. Plesko, K. Wohletz (Los Alamos National Laboratory), L. Johnson, (NASA Headquarters).
The engagement space for countermeasures against PHOs.

C. Maccone (International Academy of Astronautics of Italy).
Description of a NASA study to deflect hazardous asteroids.

A. Zaitsev (Non-profitable Partnership “Planetary Defense Center”), A. Koroteev, B. Liaschuk, S. Popov (K.E. Tsiolkovsky Russian Academy of Cosmonautics).
Rocket-space means of echelon of short-term reaction of the Planetary Defense System.

V. Emelyanov, Yu. Merkushev (Central Scientific-Research Institute for Mechanical Engineering).
Project parameters and efficiency of the space-based system for the warning about falls of small sized celestial bodies, moving along the collision trajectories.

N. Makhutov (A.A. Blagonravov Mechanical Engineering Research Institute of RAS), V. Puchkov (Russian Ministry for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief), A. Zaitsev (Non-profitable Partnership “Planetary Defense Center”).
About measures on minimization of damage from collisions with asteroids and nuclei of comets.

Z. Milan Ilitz (Serbia).
Rotational mass driver – an efficient NEO deflection concept.

V. Legostaev, V. Lopota, V. Siniyavskiy (S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation “Energia”).
On the feasibility of using nuclear power propulsion units in the program to establish Earth protection against the threat of asteroid or comet impact.

E. Kührt, S. Mottola, G. Hahn (Institute of Planetary Research of German Aerospace Center), J. Behrens, P. Spietz, S. Gerene, J. Grundmann, M. Hallmann (Institute of Space Systems of German Aerospace Center), H. Michaelis, A. Börner, K. Scheibe (Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics of German Aerospace Center).
Asteroid finder − a space-based search for IEOs.

J. Smulsky (Institute of Earth's Cryosphere of RAS), Ya. Smulsky (Institute of Thermophysics of RAS).
Evolution of the Aphophis orbit and possible use of the asteroid.

A. Zaitsev, A. Klapovsky (Non-profitable Partnership “Planetary Defense Center”).
About the approach to formation of international-legal bases of ensuring planetary defense.

Link: Program "Asteroid–Comet Hazard – 2009" Conference

Link: Conference website

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