(AIAA LA-LV) 2019 Planetary Defense and Asteroid Exploration (PDAE) mini-Conference

When:  Jun 29, 2019 from 9:10 AM to 4:00 PM (PT)
Associated with  Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section
An AIAA LA-LV Section mini-Conference
(A free event. Please RSVP. Coffee / bottled water will be provided.)
(Lunch / Snacks will NOT be provided.)
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Planetary Defense and Asteroid Exploration 2019
with featured speakers

Dr. William H. Ailor (The Aerospace Corporation)
"Overview and Summary of the 2019 IAA Planetary Defense Conference"

Dr. Paul W. Chodas (Director, Center for Near Earth Object Studies, NASA JPL)

"Introduction of the PDC Scenario", "How the scenario evolved and concluded"

Dr. Davide Farnocchia (Solar System Dynamics Group, NASA's JPL)

"Orbit determination and impact hazard assessment for near-Earth objects"

Philip Groves ("Asteroid Impact" IMAX Producer & Writer, Apophis Pictures, LLC)

"Fostering public support for planetary defense through media"

Dr. Nahum Melamed (The Aerospace Corporation)
"Introduction and NEOs Deflection App brief demo"
(No workshop this time due to the time constraints)

Dr. Niraj Inamdar (RAND Corporation)
"Visitors from Our Solar and Galactic Neighborhood:
ʻOumuamua and the Possibility of Visits by Rocks from Exoplanetary Systems'"

Eric M Mahr (The Aerospace Corporation)
"OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Mission Overview"

James Soroka (Law Offices of J W Soroka)
"Space Laws and Legal Aspects of Plenetary Defense and Asteorid Exploration"

Prof. Madhu Thangavelu (USC)
"Evolving A Planetary Defense Capability through Orbital Debris Mitigation"
"Establishing An Earth-Moon Planetary Defense Architecture"

Qicheng Zhang (Caltech Div. Geological and Planetary Sciences)
"Directed Energy Methods for Planetary Defense"
(Based on the work at UCSB led by Prof. Philip Lubin)
It is the International Asteroid Day again! In previous years, the AIAA LA-LV Section has held the Planetary Defense and Asteorid Exploration (PDAE) mini-Conference, supported the Near Earth Objects (NEOs) Deflection App Hands-on Workshop or, held solo presentations for this special date. Great attention to this type of events and subjects, and the recommendation/urges for further meetings and calls for attention were received. This year on June 29 in this PDAE mini-conference, covering the various important aspects of Planetary Defense/Asteroid, and to bring more public attention to this interesting and important subject. The recent exciting news about the first interseltter "asteorid", the OSIRIS-REx and JAXA's Hayabusa2 will also be discussed. The important Space Debris and Cleaning will be discussed as well. The legal aspects / space laws will be discussed.
This mini-conference will introduce the NEO (and other possible) threats, covering past events, real-time close approaches and Earth impact risk, NEO discovery, tracking, and mitigation concepts. Recent advances, progress, and updates in the related efforts, including the NEO Deflection App, various approaches and issues for Planetary Defense (for instance, once built and deployed, how to keep the very complex system of Planetary defense radars, controls, intercepters, and etc. working forever with constant but timely technology updates, and the directed energy approaches), and Asteroid Exploration (mining and economics etc.), will be discussed. This important subject not only has great impact on the Aerospace community, but also the survival, civilization, prosperity, sustainment, and continuation of Humanity.
Our planet is at risk of being struck by NEOs such as asteroids and comets. We need to find hazardous space objects and deflect them before they impact Earth and cause damage or disaster. It has happened in the past and many NEOs frequently pass close to the Earth/Moon system today, some unnoticed.
More and more of these objects are being discovered and monitored daily, dramatically updating our view of the solar system in this regard thanks to dedicated efforts by planetary scientists, engineers, and support from the society.
It has been brought to attention for many years that effective asteroid deflection & planetary defense systems should be researched and prepared. The systems and the underline science & technology should be brought to a state of readiness associated with the risk. Society should also be prepared and readied for potential emergency due to an unmitigated impact to minimize the potential damage and ensure the maximum survival.
Please join us and bring your questions or suggestions to participate in this important and interesting event. We care for and support the Aerospace communities, and also the defense & survival of the Mankind, the Civilization, and the Earth & the Solar Systems. The potential resoruces from the Asteorid Exploration might bring great prospeirty, security, happiness, and resources for sustainable long lasting prosperous human societies with improvded quailify of life, beyond our imagainations, and provide the grounds for human interstellar space travel and becoming the multi-planetary species.
Palos Verdes Peninsula Center Library
(Community (Meeting) Room, 3rd Floor)
701 Silver Spur Road
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
(South of 405 Hwy / PCH 1 Hwy, West of 110 Hwy, and North of the Pacific Ocean)
(In between Hawthorne Blvd. and Crenshaw Blvd., on Silver Spur Road)
Parking is located on the roof of the Peninsula Center Library (accessed from Deep Valley Drive) and the second floor garage (limited) for underground parking (accessed from Silver Spur Road).
Saturday, June 29, 2019, 9:10 AM - 4:00 PM
Presentation starts at 9:30 AM, with Luncn break around 12 PM Noon.
(Seats/Tickets are limited. RSVP will end after Friday, June 28, 2019, or whenever all seats are filled.)
Dress Code
No open-toe shoes
events.aiaalalv@gmail.com or (310)742-4212 / (949)426-8175 (phone/text ok) (AIAA LA-LV Events/Program Chair)
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Palos Verdes Peninsula Center Library (Community Meeting Room, 3rd Floor)
701 Silver Spur Road
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
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