AIAA LA-LV Planetary Defense and Asteroid Exploration mini-Conference 2020

June 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am 4:30 pm PDT

(June 27, 2020) Planetary Defense and Asteroid Exploration mini-Conference 2020 (Asteroid Day Event)

Jun 27, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PT)

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Planetary Defense and Asteroid Exploration

e-mini-Conference 2020

Saturday, June 27, 2020, 10 AM

on Zoom (Add to Calendar)


A year of excitement !

2019-2020 marked another exciting year for Planetary Defense and Asteroid Exploration. The Comet SWAN’s fantastic views and the breaking-up into smaller pieces. The exploration by JAXA’s Hayabusa2 for Ruygu. Also, the COVID-19 reminds us how important it is to be able to handle the psychological impact when facing crisis. Please join us for fantastic Saturday for this important and exciting topic and event.


Special Guest (in the beginning):

Dr. Mark Boslough
Sandia National Laboratories
University of New Mexico


Dr. Nahum Melamed (moderator)
AIAA Distinguished Lecturer
Project Leader
The Aerospace Corporation
“Introduction and NEOs Deflection App brief demo”

Prof. Madhu Thangavelu
Director and Faculty Member
“Evolving Directed Energy System Concepts For Planetary Defense
in the Earth-Moon System Domain”

Dr. Makoto Yoshikawa
Program / Mission Manager
Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
“The Challenges of Hayabusa2”

Prof. Kevin McKeegan
Distinguished Professor
Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
“Asteroids and Meteorites”

Dr. Serena Goldstein
Naturopathic Doctor (both office & virtual)
“Simple tips to find balance and a healthy lifestyle during COVID-19 & Crisis”

Atty. Jennifer S. Perdigao
Partner & Co-Chair, Tressler’s Transportation Practice Group
Atty. Jared A. Schneider
Senior Counsel | Tressler LLP, Tressler’s Transportation Practice Group

“Space Law in Planetary Defense, Asteroid Exploration, and Space Debris”
“Disaster response and civil protection”

Mr. Philip Groves
(“Asteroid Hunters” IMAX Producer & Writer, Apophis Pictures, LLC)
“Fostering public support for planetary defense through media”

Mr. Liam Kennedy
Inventor of the ISS-Above
Former President, Orange County Astronomers
Former Griffith Observatory Planetarium Lecturer
Former NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador
“ISS-Above, a Raspberry Pi gizmo that presents a rich set of live information about the ISS including live video views of the earth”

Dr. Nereida Rodriguez-Alvarez
Research Scientist, Planetary Radar and Radio Science Group
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
“The Role of the Goldstone Solar System Radar (GSSR) in the Observation of Near Earth Objects”

Dr. Nikola Schmidt
Associate Researcher, Institute of International Relations Prague
Lecturer & researcher in space security and leader of planetary defense project at
Charles University in Prague,
Editor, Planetary Defense Global Collaboration for Defending Earth from Asteroids & Comets, Springer ISBN 978-3-030-01000-3

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