The Exploration of Asteroids Symposium

7-11 November 2022
ESA European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC),
Noordwijk, The Netherlands

The Exploration of Asteroids symposium aims to bring together world experts on asteroids to review the current state-of-the-art in the field and to discuss its future development. It will primarily focus on near-Earth asteroids (NEAs), and strategies to optimize the synergies between science, human exploration, planetary defence and mission planning for NEAs. The symposium will include invited talks, contributed talks and poster presentations.

Topics of Exploration of Asteroids symposium:

  • Computation of asteroid orbits
  • Asteroid deflection
  • Near-Earth Objects: observations
  • Near-Earth Objects: models and simulations
  • Asteroid exploration: orbiting about small bodies
  • Asteroid exploration: navigating about small bodies
  • Small satellite technologies for deep-space missions
  • Autonomy and reliability of small satellites for deep-space exploration
  • Industry and planetary protection
  • Missions for minor bodies exploration

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Julia de León Cruz, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias

Talk: Observations of Near-Earth objects


Mikael Granvik, University of Helsinki/ Luleå University of Technology

Talk: Solving the mystery of disappearing asteroids with telescopic observations, numerical modeling, space missions, and lab experiments


Maximilian Hamm, German Aerospace Agency (DLR)

Talk: Revealing Asteroid (162173) Ryugu’s Thermophysical Properties with Data Assimilation


Xiyun Hou, Nanjing University


Bert Monna, Hyperion Technologies


Silvana Radu
, European Space Agency

Talk: The path towards increasing autonomy and reliability of small satellites


Federica Spoto, Minor Planet Center

Talk: Orbit determination at Minor Planet Center, an overview: Recent improvements and future developments


Paolo Tortora, University of Bologna

Talk: The Hera mission role in the Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment (AIDA) collaboration