February 2018 Monthly Meeting
Monday, 12 February
“SPACE DEBRIS EFFECTS MITIGATION”
Presented by Rosario Nasca
Marriott Hotel, The Hague
Johan de Wittlaan 30
2517 JR The Hague
Registration from 09:30
Opening meeting at 10:00
From Central Station: Bus 24 or Tram 1 & 16 (stop World Forum)
From Hollands Spoor: Tram 16
Parking: € 4
About the Lecturer
Rosario Nasca, an Italian aerospace engineer since 1986, lives in the Netherlands and works at the European Space Agency, in Noordwijk, as Head of Safety. His responsibilities include ensuring the safety of the International Space Station astronauts, protection of the planets from man-made contamination, space debris effects mitigation, safety related to man-made objects re-entering Earth’s atmosphere and safety related to the use of nuclear power sources on satellites. In the past, Mr Nasca has worked on the development of the European Laboratory of the International Space Station, the development of Earth Observation Satellites and scientific instruments for research on the International Space Station.
Mr Nasca is currently involved in the development of international guidelines and regulations with regard to the responsible use of Space.
About the lecture
The topic of the presentation is Space Debris Effects Mitigation. Space debris, or “space garbage” in space jargon, results from the old and no-longer functioning man-made objects in Earth’s orbit, such as old satellites and rocket parts. The challenge is to limit the number of these objects and avoid their collision with newly launched satellites as the debris may cause partial or total destruction of newly launched satellites rendering them useless. Space garbage in low-altitude orbit re-entering the atmosphere also poses a potential risk to Earth’s inhabitants.
Mr Nasca will explain what is presently being done and what is
envisaged for the future to avoid collision problems in orbit and to preserve a clean Space for future generations; he will also illustrate the risks to the population on Earth and how they are mitigated.
Photo: ESA “Space in images”