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N° 1–2019: Call for Media: Space Safety conference and media briefing

11 January 2019

Whether it's tackling the challenge of space debris, ensuring a timely warning of space weather impacts or detecting and deflecting asteroids: Space Safety is an emerging field and will be included in the proposals of ESA Director General Jan Wörner for the next Ministerial Council, called ‘Space19+’, in November 2019. 

Media representatives are invited to an in-depth background briefing on the topic with ESA’s leading Space Safety managers on Monday, 21 January, at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany. Journalists are also welcome to attend the opening panel as well as the technical sessions of the three-day international Near-Earth Object (NEO) and Debris Detection Conference held at ESOC, starting Tuesday, 22 January.


Programme for Monday, 21 January 2019: ESA’s Space Safety activities at a glance

Our space environment poses many threats, both natural and human-made that can be a risk to life and property, and impact the infrastructure in orbit and on the ground. To tackle these problems ESA is working on new projects and missions – be it the Hera mission to a binary asteroid system, the L5 space weather mission to Lagrange point 5, or concepts for the monitoring and active removal of space debris. ESA’s leading experts for Planetary Defence, Space Weather, and Space Debris will give an in-depth briefing on these topics.



13:00: Doors open at ESOC


From  14:00
Welcome : Hazards from Space

Rolf Densing, Director of Operations and Head of ESOC




ESA’s Programme Structure

Chiara Manfletti, Director General’s Programme Advisor


Overview Space Safety Programme

Nicolas Bobrinsky, Head of ESA’s Space Situational Awareness Programme (SSA)


Space Weather and the L5 mission
Jussi Luntama, Head of ESA's Space Weather Office

Space Debris: monitoring and active removal
Holger Krag, Head of ESA’s Space Debris Office
Tim Flohrer, Co-Lead Space Surveillance and Tracking Segment
Luisa Innocenti, Head of ESA's Clean Space Office

Planetary Defence: Asteroid detection and deflection
Rüdiger Jehn, Head of ESA’s Planetary Defence Office
Ian Carnelli, Hera,General Studies Programme (GSP) Manager

Tour of ESA’s Mission Control Centre 

Ca. 18:30: End of the programme


22 – 24 January 2019: NEO and Debris Detection Conference

Both the increasing number of artificial space objects and the near-Earth objects (NEO) population pose a serious threat. Objects regularly enter the Earth atmosphere and, if they exceed a given size or composition, fragments can reach the ground. The ESA conference will bring together the NEO and Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) communities and will focus on recent progress made by exploring the synergies between search programmes, orbit determination, and risk management for NEOs and space objects.

The conference will begin on Tuesday, 22 January, with an opening session as of 09:00 CET. International experts, e.g. from NASA and DLR will be on the panel and discuss the latest achievements and plans for observing NEOs and debris. 

The conference opening will be streamed live online: 

The technical sessions will start at 11:00 CET. Please indicate in the media registration form below if you are interested in attending any technical sessions during the three-day conference. More information about the sessions:


Media registration

Media representatives can register by filling out the form below and indicate which of the days they would like to attend.
Please note that you need to bring a valid ID/passport to enter ESOC.

For more information, please



Robert-Bosch-Straße 5
64293 Darmstadt

How to get to ESOC:


More information about ESA and Space Safety
ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Programme:

ESA Ministerial Council “Space19+” in November 2019: 

ESA NEO and Debris Detection Conference:

Information about ESOC:

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