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Planetary Defense Workshop (Hands-on Team Exercises) + Asteroid Exploration

June 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am 5:00 pm PDT

(June 26, 2021) AIAA LA-LV Planetary Defense Workshop (including Hands-on Team Exercises) w/ Asteroid Exploration Updates

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Planetary Defense Workshop (Hands-on Team Exercises)

with Asteroid Exploration Updates

Saturday, June 26, 2021, 10 AM PDT

We invite you and your family to our Annual Planetary Defense and Asteroid Exploration even this year (2021). There will be a fun and inspiring hands-on team workshop for planetary defense scenarios and exercises. You will also learn from the experts about the new progresses in this important and exciting field, along with some updates on the observation of bolides and asteroid exploration. The winning Team in the Exercise/Workshop will receive a special gift/recognition.


Tentative Agenda (All Time PDT (Pacific Daylight-Saving Time (US and Canada))

10:05 AM PDT: Welcome

10:10 AM PDT: Dr. Nahum Melamed (Asteroid Day Introduction and NEO Deflection App.)

10:40 AM PDT: Dr. Nahum Melamed, Ms. Lianne P. Mcginley, Ms. Monica Maynard (Workshop)

12:40 PM PDT: Dr. Bill Ailor

01:00 PM PDT: Dr. Paul Chodas

02:00 PM PDT: Mr. W. Randy Bell

02:45 PM PDT: (OSIRIS-REx Updates)

03:30 PM PDT: Prof. Madhu Thangavelu

04:15 PM PDT: Mr. Philip Groves

04:35 PM PDT: Dr. Nahum Melamed (Summary and Conclusion)

04:50 PM PDT Adjourn


Dr. Nahum Melamed

Project Leader,

The Aerospace Corporation


“NEO Deflection App”

“Planetary Defense Workshop and Team Exercises”


Dr. William H. Ailor

Aerospace Fellow,

The Aerospace Corporation


“Overview of the 2021 IAA Planetary Defense Conference (PDC), and the history of the PDCs”


Dr. Paul W. Chodas

Director, Center for Near Earth Object Studies



“Planetary Defense Exercises, Advances, and PDC 2021 Updates”

“Notable Close Approaches”

“Hypothetical Asteroid Scenario designed for the PDC”


Prof. Madhu Thangavelu

Director and Faculty Member



“Evolving Directed Energy System Concepts For Planetary Defense in the Earth-Moon System Domain”


Mr. W. Randy Bell

Senior Project Leader

The Aerospace Corporation


“Infrasound and Optical Detection of Bolides”


Ms. Lianne P. Mcginley

Associate Director

Corp. Comm. & Public Affairs

Center of Excellence

The Aerospace Corporation


“Planetary Defense Team Exercises”


Ms. Monica Maynard

LA School District STEM Director;

STEM Office, The Aerospace Corp.


“Planetary Defense Team Exercises”


Mr. Philip Groves

“Asteroid Hunters” IMAX Producer & Writer, Apophis Pictures, LLC


“Fostering public support for planetary defense through media”

Disclaimer: The views of the speakers do not represent the views of AIAA or the AIAA Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section


Dr. Ken Lui, Events/Program Chair, LA

AIAA LA-LV Section | aiaa-lalv.org | events.aiaalalv@gmail.com


June 26
10:00 am – 5:00 pm PDT
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AIAA Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section

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