AIDA International workshop                     


Workshop Overview

The Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment (AIDA) workshop is open to the whole small body, impact, and dynamics communities, including those working on instrumentation or operations. It will take place on 11 to 13 September in the "Aula Ottagona" of the Terme di Diocleziano in Rome. See here for images and further information about the venue.

The workshop will start in the morning of the 11th and end on the early afternoon of the 13th. The status and future plans of  AIDA collaboration will be discussed based on presentations of the AIDA working groups, and the whole community is invited to contribute further presentations about all aspects of AIDA. 


The Asteroid impact deflection assessment (AIDA) cooperation

The AIDA cooperation betwenn NASA and ESA are two space missions that constitute the first planetary defence demonstration. They are a technology demonstration with the objective to show that humankind is capable of deflecting a hazardous near-Earth asteroid: NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission will be launched in 2021 and impact the secondary component of the binary near-Earth asteroid (65803) Didymos in 2022. The impact will change the orbital period of the asteorid moon sufficiently to be measured by observatories on Earth. ESA’s Hera mission, proposed for full funding at the SPACE 19+ Ministerial Conference in November this year, is planned to launch in October 2024 and rendezvous Didymos in early January 2027. It will greatly enhance our understanding of the outcome of the DART impact by measuring the mass of the asteroid moon, investigating the DART crater, and determining the surface and subsurface/interior characeristics of the asteroid pair. As the first rendezvous with a binary asteroid, Hera also promises great scientific return, and it will perform  relevant measurements for the preparation of asteroid resources utilisation.

For further information about the missions see:

DART website

Hera website



Registration deadline: 31 July 2019

There will be no registration fee. However, for efficient logistics planning registration for the event is  mandatory. Please use the link on the left menu for registration.




In addtion to the mission status and working group presentations, contributions are invited about all aspects of AIDA. If you would like to give a presentation, please provide the title in the registration form. We ask for understanding that, depending on the number of contributions, we may not be able to accomodate all of them.



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