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    Default Learnings from 2019 Planetary Defense Conference: NEOs Detection and Deflection



    Dear All,

    The 2019 International Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) was held in the Washington DC area from 29 April - 3 May 2019.

    The conference was attended by over 300 people from various space agencies (NASA, ESA, India, JAXA..) researchers, students, and media. The biennial conference brings together people working on asteroid detection, classification and deflection scenarios including those working on the ground and space-based telescopes providing useful science observations on Near Earth Objects.

    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine provided the opening remarks and remarked on the high emphasis US government gives to planetary defense, sharing of information on near earth objects (NEOs) as well as on international cooperation.

    The conference had 3 segments: Paper Presentations, Poster Session and a hypothetical exercise on an asteroid on a collision path with Earth.

    It was a very interesting conference with a range of speakers (Each speaker had 12 minutes slot). The best part was there were no parallel sessions and everyone got to hear all the speakers. The conference roadmap was well laid out starting from sessions on NEOs discovery followed their categorization, deflection, disaster management and response. Each day ended with updates on the simulation exercise. The posters were kept next to the main hall for the entire duration of the conference which gave ample time to look at new research and talk to subject experts on NEOs.

    The conference was very exhaustive in terms of knowledge that got shared. I have penned some reflections and learnings from the conference on our website: "Learnings from the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference: Asteroids Detection, Deflection and Space Missions"

    https://hotpoprobot.com/2019/05/03/l...tion-exercise/

    Best regards,
    Vikas Nath

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