Near Earth Object Project Group 2018-05-13T17:51:17+00:00
Near Earth Object Project Group
  • Project Leads: Philipp Maier  (Germany) and Margaux Morssink  (Netherlands)
  • A.C. Charania (USA)
  • Behnoosh Meskoob (Iran)
  • Dragos Paun Alexandru (Romania)
  • Juan R. Medel (Spain)
  • Tejal Thakore (UK/India)

Project Overview

The Near Earth Object (NEO) project group is dedicated to helping the worldwide planetary defence community to meet one of nature’s greatest challenges. The group provides a youth perspective to planetary defence through annual reports, competitions, conference attendance, and public outreach projects related to Near Earth Objects.

We are using the SGAC’s status as a member of Action Team 14 within UN COPUOS to assist in bringing about a NEO UN framework. Additionally, Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart is supporting us explore potential opportunities to work together with the Association of Space Explorers (ASE).


  • Assisting in UN Legal Framework for International NEO Cooperation
    SGAC provides the perspective of the youth to the UN AT14 and acts as a bridge between its members and the Action Team. SGAC intends to raise awareness and involve youth in the NEO field as well as to inform youth about current issues such as the work of the AT14. It supports the efforts undertaken to create a global legal framework and provides opportunities for members to get involved.

How to get involved

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  • SGAC’s 2014 Move an Asteroid Competition winning paper by Clemens Rumpf (UK)
  • SGAC’s 2013 Move an Asteroid Competition winning paper by Massimo Vetrisano (UK)
  • SGAC’s 2012 Move an Asteroid Competition winning paper by Sung Wook Paek (USA)
  • SGAC’s 2011 Move an Asteroid Competition winning paper by Alison Gibbings (UK)
  • SGAC’s 2010 Move an Asteroid Competition winning paper by Ben Corbin (USA)
  • SGAC’s 2009 Move an Asteroid Competition winning paper by Sini Merikallio (Finland)
  • SGAC’s 2008 Move an Asteroid Competition winning paper by Mary D’Souza (Australia)
  • Planetary Defence Conference 2009: Bacon, A. ‘A Method for the Fragmentation and Orbital Disruption of the Asteroid 99942 Apophis using Resonantly Timed Impactors.’, Conference-Poster
NEOPG NavigatorPartner SitesRelated Links
NEO DocumentaryB612 FoundationESA Educational Material
Move An Asteroid CompetitionAssociation of Space ExplorersIAU Minor Planet Centre
Get Involved with the NEOPGSecure World FoundationPlanetary Defense Blog
Find An Asteroid CompetitionThe Planetary SocietyNASA NEO Program
2011 Planetary Defense Conferance
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  1. SGAC AAS Next Generation Event 2018

    July 23 @ 09:00 - 15:00
  2. Space Generation Congress 2018

    September 27 - September 29
  3. African Space Generation Workshop 2018

    December 13 - December 14