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Symposium on Active and Passive Debris Removal

Mini-Symposium on Active and Passive Debris Removal at the Stardust Final Conference on Asteroids and Space Debris. The mini-symposium will be held across two sessions on 3rd November, 2016.

This mini-symposium is intended to serve as a showcase for active and passive debris removal technologies and mission concepts being developed across the globe. We encourage academic researchers, professionals and students to submit work that falls within the scope of debris removal.

Topics to be covered by the Mini-Symposium:
• Modeling & simulation of active and passive debris removal systems
• Space-based, active and passive debris removal technologies
• Ground-based debris removal technologies
• Mission concepts for active debris removal
• Comparison of debris removal technologies

Keynote speaker:
Andrew Ratcliffe, Principal Systems Engineer, ENS Future Programmes UK, Airbus Defence and Space

Exposition area:
An exposition area, next to the conference rooms, will be made available to interested industries, as well as research groups, to showcase their products and boost knowledge exchange activities. For info on space availability and costs contact the conference organizers at

Important dates:
• 5th September 2016 (it was 31st July 2016): Extended abstract submissions
• 31st Oct – 4th Nov 2016: The Final Stardust Conference
• 3rd Nov 2016: Mini-Symposium on Active & Passive Debris Removal

Virtual attendance:
Given the global nature of the asteroid and debris threat, institutions outside Europe can join in virtually through internet media. Please contact the organizers at regarding the availability and functionality of this arrangement.

Accepted papers will be included in a book of proceedings to be published after the conference. Moreover, we are negotiating journal special issues to publish a selected set of papers. Note that in this case the papers will be subject to the usual revision process, and thus publication is not guaranteed.

• All conference attendees must register and pay the corresponding registration fee.
• For each accepted paper at least one registration as presenting author is required.
• The presenting author must register to ensure the inclusion of the paper in the Proceedings.
• Details on the registration, including costs and deadlines, will be available soon.

Symposium organizers:
Francesco Topputo, Kartik Kumar (Dinamica Srl)

Info and Contacts:
Updated information can be found on Stardust website.
The organisers can be reached at:

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