Hera Community Workshop

The Hera community workshop in Berlin was a big success with around 100 participants. For information purposes, we keep the workshop information below and on the menu on the left hand side.

The next Hera event will be the

Hera Mission Industry Day


4 February 2019  at  ESTEC


For further information see




Workshop Overview

The Hera workshop is open to the whole small body community as well as industry interested in innovative small deep-space missions. It will take place on 15 and 16 November at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. The community is invited to discuss bonus science objectives including options for end of mission scenarios. In addition, criteria to select asteroids for additional flybys during transfer will be established. Also, presentations on high-TRL payloads are encouraged as well as in-orbit validation of technologies related to asteroid resource utilisation and other industrial applications entailing close-proximity operations. These will be taken into account during phases B2/C in case additional spacecraft onboard resouces are available. Finally, the Hera working groups will discuss priorities for analyses to be performed until 2019.



Hera is ESA’s contribution to the Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment (AIDA) international cooperation, targeting the deflection demonstration of a hazardous near-Earth asteroid. Hera will also be the first in-depth investigation of a binary asteroid and will perform  relevant measurements for the preparation of asteroid resources utilisation. Hera is foreseen to rendezvous with the binary near-Earth asteroid (65803) Didymos in 2026, four years after the impact of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft. 


Registration deadline: 31 October 2018

The deadline has passed and room has reached full capacity. Please contact us in case you would like to be added to the waiting list. We will give priority to members of the scientific community who wish to attend. Please note that the workshop will be available by webex. In addition, a Hera industry day will be organised in ESTEC on 4 February 2019, in the ERASMUS building (a separate announcement will follow).



Project Scientist: michael.kueppers @ sciops.esa.int

Project Manager: ian.carnelli @ esa.int

Spacecraft Study Manager: paolo.martino @ esa.int