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Near-Earth Objects (NEO) and other current space threats


[ 1 ] Instytut Podstaw Bezpieczeństwa, Wydział Bezpieczeństwa Narodowego, Akademia Sztuki Wojennej | [ P ] employee

Scientific discipline (Law 2.0)

[5.3] Safety studies

Year of publication


Published in

Security and Defence Quarterly

Journal year: 2020 | Journal volume: vol. 28

Article type

scholarly article

Publication language


  • Bezpieczeństwo kosmiczne
  • Bezpieczeństwo międzynarodowe
  • Planetoidy
  • Sztuczny satelita
  • Near Earth Object (NEO)
  • Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA)
  • Space
  • Security

EN The subject of the study are space threats – Near-Earth Objects (NEO) and Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA). Methods The research methods employed in this article included the classic theoretical methods used in security sciences and a practical method – a quantitative study of social media. Results At present, space threat studies aim to resolve the terminological confusion related to NEOs, determine currently and potentially hazardous space objects and estimate the potential threats they could cause. Another expected result of the research is to present two literature methods for estimating NEO threats, the Palermo and Torino scales. The practical result is to evaluate public mood regarding NEO threats. Conclusions Studies have shown that certain active space objects are capable of reaching the Earth's surface or impacting human-made in-space objects and devices, such as communication satellites. Should it happen, it could cause substantial social damage and destabilise state security, particularly if elements of critical infrastructure of the state were to be affected. Continuous monitoring of NEOs may play a central role in the provision of security. Furthermore, the public should be kept abreast of the threats.

Date of online publication


Pages (from - to)

1 - 18





Bibliografia i netografia na stronach 17-18

License type

CC BY-NC-ND (attribution - noncommercial - no derivatives)

Open Access Mode

open journal

Open Access Text Version

final published version

Points of MNiSW / journal


Publication indexed in

BazTech | CEJSH | Bazhum | Erih Plus