June 1-3, 2016
Hôtel Saint-Paul
29, boulevard Franck Pilatte
Nice, France


The second International Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment (AIDA) Workshop, which will serve as a Technical Interchange Meeting, will be held 1-3 June 2016 at the Conference center of the
Hôtel Saint-Paul in Nice, France. The first workshop took place at the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) of the John Hopkins University (JHU) in Laurel (MD, USA) in October 2014.


AIDA is a technology demonstration of the kinetic impactor concept. It is composed of the DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) spacecraft under Phase A at NASA and the AIM (Asteroid Impact Mission) spacecraft under Phase A/B1 at ESA, until late 2016.The combination of both spacecrafts is referred to as AIDA. The target characterization (AIM, including for the first time the direct investigation an asteroid internal structure) and impact (DART, first detailed large scale impact experiment on an asteroid) are planed for 2022.

The workshop offers a forum for the community to keep abreast with the advances of the AIM and DART studies. As such these two concepts will be presented, in terms of design, payloads and objectives, followed by presentations and discussions related to the science and planetary defense aspects of AIDA. These will include the current knowledge of the Didymos binary Near-Earth asteroid, the target of AIDA, and a more general discussion on binary systems, regolith characteristics and mechanics, internal structures of asteroids, impact observing strategies, additional science opportunities during an impact demonstration and associated payloads, impact modeling and momentum transfer of an artificial projectile, ejecta dynamics, etc. .

For any questions please contact Patrick Michel and Andy Cheng at the following email addresses:
michelp at oca.eu
andy.cheng at jhuapl.edu

Information about AIDA can be found on the following web sites:

ESA AIM website
AIDA Team website