European operational initiative on NEO hazard monitoring #28

Simonetta Di Pippo, Ettore Perozzi

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An operational approach to NEO hazard monitoring has been recently developed at European level within the framework of the Space Situational Awareness program (SSA) of the European Space Agency (ESA). Through federating European assets and profiting from the expertise developed in European universities and research centers, it has been possible to start the deployment of the so-called SSA-NEO segment. This initiative aims to provide a significant contribution to the worldwide effort to the discovery and characterization of the Near-Earth Object population, to the computation of the associated hazards, and to the study of the possible mitigation measures. The SSA-NEO segment is intended to work in close cooperation with and to be complemented by the other NEO-related programs of the European Commission. A major achievement in this respect has been the inauguration in May 2013 of the ESA NEO Coordination Centre located at ESRIN (Frascati, Italy), whose services and operations are discussed in detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Cosmic Hazards and Planetary Defense
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783319039527
ISBN (Print)9783319039510
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Astdys – asteroid dynamic site
  • Asteroid hazard
  • Catalina observatory
  • Cineos ground observatory
  • ESa neo coordination centre
  • ESa “wide survey” network
  • Earn database
  • Esrin
  • European commission
  • European commission horizon 2020 program
  • European optical ground station at tenerife
  • European space agency (ESA)
  • Gaia fun-sso (follow-up network of solar system objects)
  • Impact monitoring
  • International astronomical union (IAU)
  • La sagra sky survey
  • Minor planet center
  • Mitigation measures
  • NEoshield project palermo risk scale
  • Near-earth object (NEO)
  • Neodys (neo dynamic site)
  • Pan-starrs observatory
  • Priority list
  • Sentry system at jpl
  • Sky surveys
  • Space situational awareness neo segment space surveillance and tracking (SST) segment
  • Space weather (SWE) segment
  • Spaceguard central node at INAF

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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