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as of July 21, 2017

IAA Spring meetings

IAA call for hosting

The International Academy of Astronautics is inviting proposal from candidate Local Organizing Committees who are seeking to host the 2019 IAA following Conferences:

6th IAA Planetary Defense Conference (PDC)

4th IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems (DYCOSS)

13th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Mission Conference (LCPM)

 Giovanni BignamiProfessor Giovanni Bignami (1944-2017)

We have learned with great sadness the passing of Professor Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami, or “Nanni” to his friends, current Trustee of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) on Wednesday 24 May 2017, at the age of 73. Giovanni Bignami was the 2014 von Karman Award recipient that he received at the occasion of the second IAA Heads of Space Agencies Summit in Washington DC, USA, where 35 Heads of agencies were present. He joined the Academy in 2000 and was involved in many IAA activities. As past President of Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) he was very active in Academy days during the COSPAR general assembly. He was President of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in Roma, Italy where he was previously the Director of Science. Earlier, he was Director of the Centre d’Etudes Spatiales des Rayonnements in Toulouse (France). He started his career as researcher in astrophysics of high energies and was the principal investigator for the mission "cornerstone" XMM of the European Space Agency. He is a member of the National Academy of Lincei.
IAA Planetary Defense Conference 2017
More than 200 participants attended the 5th IAA Planetary Defense Conference, in Tokyo, Japan from 15 to 19 May 2017. Conference program is available on the conference website. The conference included a hypothetical NEO/Earth impact event scenario. Live streaming was available.

 IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth ObservationMore than 250 representatives from across the industry, government, and academic institutions of 37 countries attended the 11th International Academy of Astronautics Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation, held on 24-27 April 2017. The symposium was opened by a motivating keynote address, followed by not only a rich technical program with more than 60 paper presentations across 15 sessions, two poster sessions comprised of nearly 50 summaries, but also an exhibition with a wide array of system and subsystem offerings needed for developing small satellite missions, launch accommodation, ground services, and information processing. 
 IAA Latin American Symposium on Small Satellites: Advanced Technologies and Distributed SystemsThe 1st International Academy of Astronautics Latin American Symposium on Small Satellites: Advanced Technologies and Distributed Systems was successfully held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 07-10, 2017. There was 14 technical sessions and also poster sessions. Topics discussed during the symposium were on Small Satellites worldwide: achievements and trends; Small Satellites in Latin America: achievements and trends; Ongoing and projected Small Satellite projects with Latin American participation; Segmented architecture and Distributed Instruments; Small Satellite technologies.
Acta Astronautica Journal
New articles are available for Acta Astronautica, Journal of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), volume 136, Pages 1-458, July 2017 .

The journal Acta Astronautica covers developments in space science technology related to peaceful scientific exploration of space and its exploitation for human welfare and progress, the conception, design, development and operation of space-borne and Earth-based systems. In addition to the regular issues of contributed papers and transaction notes, the journal publishes selected proceedings from IAA conferences.
 IAA Newly Elected 2016 in Paris - 20 March 2017More than 130 Academicians and their guests attended the IAA Dinner Award Ceremony on Monday 20 March 2017 in Paris, France. Newly elected members were inducted by IAA President P. Jankowitsch, Vice-President Liu Jiyuan, Vice-President H. Matsuo, Vice-President A. Perminov, Secretary General JM. Contant and Academician A. Viviani. The following Academicians were inducted as IAA Corresponding Members: Irina Farquhar, Matthias Hetscher, Karen S. McBride,
Yuichiro Nogawa, Keyur C. Patel and Vladimir Prokhorovich (Engineering Sciences Section), Irina Shumilina and Jack J.W.A. Van Loon (Life Sciences Section), Blaine Baggett, Michaela Gitsch and Michalis Michael (Social Sciences Section). The following Academicians were inducted as IAA Full Members:  Mengu Cho, Edward Crawley, Christian Heipke, Bernard Zappoli (Engineering Sciences Section),  Gerd Gruppe (Life Sciences Section), Phedon Phedonos (Social Sciences Section). At this occasion, Dieter Blottner and Michele Salanova received the IAA Life Sciences book award; Volker Gass and Claude Nicollier received the IAA Social Sciences book award.
 IAA Laurels 2016 - Horizons Pluto MissionThe International Academy of Astronautics has created in 2001 a special Award to recognize extraordinary performance and achievement by a team of scientists, engineers and managers in the field of Astronautics. The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2016 ceremony took place on 05 January 2017 at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, USA. At this occasion, the New Horizons Pluto Mission team received the Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2016.
IAA Cosmic Study on energetic particle radiation
The IAA study group 1.5 has published its final report: "The Energetic Particle Radiation Hazard en route to and at Mars". Published in March 2017, 403 pages. We understand today that the potential health hazard posed to crews in deep space due to energetic particle radiation is a matter of even greater complexity than was recognized in earlier times. Scientists, Engineers and Biologists worldwide are presently investigating, in many interdisciplinary communities the problems concerned using new avenues of approach, backed up by powerful diagnostic tools, in an attempt to find a viable solution. The outcome of these multidisciplinary approaches will decide if the vulnerability of the human body will ultimately confine humanity to the cradle of Mother Earth or if, rather, mankind can indeed in future populate distant environments.
IAA Cosmic Study on Regional Cooperation in Space
The IAA study group 5.11 has published its final report: "Global Perspectives on Regional Cooperation in Space: Policies, Governance & Legal Tools". Published in March 2017, 269 pages. This IAA Cosmic Study focuses on four geographic regions: the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific. The majority of the contributions emphasizes the present status of regional cooperation, and makes recommendations for enhanced collaboration as well as areas for future study and collaboration.
 IAA Newly Elected Beijing 2016 SymposiumInternational Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and China Center for Aerospace Science and Technology International Communications (CCASTIC) of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) jointly organized the Symposium on International Space Cooperation in Promoting Economic and Social Development of Developing Countries and IAA Academy Day in Beijing on 25-26 November 2016. More than 200 delegates from government departments, embassies in China, space enterprises, space scientific research institutions of more than 10 countries like China, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Pakistan, Nigeria, Russia, the United States, Ukraine and Venezuela, as well as international organizations have attended this event.

Prof. Liu Yongding, M3, Mr. Li Guoping, CM4, Prof. Li Yingxian, M3, Prof. Hiroki Matsuo, Vice-President Finance, Prof. Liu Jiyuan, Vice-President Publications, Prof. Jin Qiming, CM2, Prof. Wang Xiaodong, M4 and Prof. Song Zhengyu, M2.
IAA book on Mars exploration
The IAA study group 3.16 has published its final report: "Global Human Mars System Missions Exploration – Goals, Requirements and Technologies". Published in August 2016, 152 pages. Human Missions to Mars have been studied individually by several Space Agencies over the past decades. However, a ooperative Human Mars mission framework including, but not limited to requirements and technologies, is missing. The book identifies, assess and synthesizes a global set of goals with its related criteria requirements for future human exploration of the Mars system and establish technology opportunities and roadmaps in the context of promising cooperative exploration scenarios. The study aims to identify means to minimize the risks at global level.
 IAA Academy Day Guadalajara, MexicoMany Academicians attended the Academy Day Guadalajara opened by IAA President Dr. Peter Jankowitsch on Sunday 25 September 2016. IAA Vice-President Dr. Francisco Mendieta welcomed the participants and gave a presentation on the results of the IAA Head of Space Agencies Summit on Climate Change and Disaster Management, held in Mexico on September 2015. During the Academy Day, several IAA studies were presented. Newly elected members were inducted in Guadalajara during the Awards Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony. The program with detailed information on the Academy day Guadalajara is available.
Mamaia conference 2016
The 5th IAA Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure has been jointly organized by the International Academy of Astronautics and the Romanian Space Agency on August 09-10, 2016 in Mamaia, Romania. The participants of the 5th IAA Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure came from institutions like the European Space Agency, DLR – German Aerospace Centre, Centre of Space Technologies Institute of Aviations, Warsaw, Poland as well as the Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA. Romania has been represented by the Romanian Space Agency, Romanian Parliament - Chamber of Deputies, Sub-committee for Space, Politechnica University of Bucharest, Institute of Space Sciences, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Military Equipment and Technologies Research Agency, Polytechnic Institute Bucharest and private companies and thinktanks.
IAA Newly Elected Members
The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), has elected in July 2016 new members, many of whom were inducted on 25 September 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico during an Academy Day Honor Night Dinner.
 NE 2016 at LockheedNewly elected ceremony on June 17, 2016 at Bethesda, VA, USA.
Participants left to right: Ms. Kay Sears, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Space Systems Company, Dr. Robie Samanta-Roy, Vice President, Technology Strategy & Innovation, Corp Engineering, Tech. and Operations,Ms. Mary Snitch, Sr. Staff, Industry Organizations, Space Systems Company, Mr. Richard Ambrose, Executive Vice President, Space Systems Company (New member Section 2), Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, Secretary General, International Academy of Astronautics, Ms. Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mr. Rodney Makoske, Senior Vice President, Corp. Engineering, Technology and Operations, Mrs. Corinne Jorgenson, President, Advancing Space, Mr. Scott Fouse, Vice President, Advanced Technology Center, Space Systems Company.
 HSE Korolev, Moscow, RussiaThe International Academy of Astronautics Human in Space Exploration conference, attended by more than 600 participants, was successfully held in Korolev city near Moscow on 24-26 May 2016. There was 7 parallel technical sessions with 270 papers. The result of the conference will serve to prepare the next IAA Head of Space Agencies summit.
 1st STEM STEAM Symposium, ParisThe International Academy of Astronautics held the First Symposium on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math “STEM/STEAM in Space” on Friday 25 March 2016 in Paris, France. The theme was  “Emerging STEM / STEAM and Space”. This symposium was organized under the auspices of the IAA Study Group 6.16 on “STEM/STEAM for Space Grand Challenges”. Program is available.
 IAA newly elected 2015 in Paris21 March 2016 Award Ceremony Dinner of the International Academy of Astronautics, Paris, France. IAA newly elected 2015 induction ceremony with President Peter Jankowitsch, Vice-President Anatoly Perminov, Vice-President Hiroki Matsuo, Vice-President Liu Jiyuan, Trustee Section 1 Chairman Ralph McNutt, Trustee Section 2 Chairman Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Trustee Section 3 Chairman Chrysoula Kourtidou-Papadeli, Trustee Section 4 Chairman Marius-Ioan Piso, Secretary General Jean-Michel Contant and SAC Vice-Chair Studies Antonio Viviani.
Space Physiology
The IAA study group 2.13 has published its final report: "Space Physiology and Medicine in the Exploration Era: the IAA Virtual Institute of Space Life Sciences and medicine". Published in March 2016, 21 pages. In view of future space exploration goals, the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) space physiology and medicine community strongly advocates increasing the available opportunities for life sciences research in space and on the ground, including research in medicine, physiology, biology, neurobehavioral and radiation effects, and concurrently increasing efforts to better link the results of life sciences research on Earth and in space. Such a strengthening of the ties between groundbased and space research will be beneficial for both parties by improving health care on Earth and supporting human exploration of space. It will also substantially increase the support for human spaceflight in the general population, as the results can be directly applied to normal ground-based medicine. These goals can be achieved by the following actions: • Strengthen the links between space and terrestrial life sciences; • Strengthen international collaboration in space life sciences; • Strengthen joint research on fundamental questions in the life sciences; • Maintain the opportunities to study human physiology and molecular as well as animal model systems in microgravity and the radiation environment in orbit by extending the lifetime of the International Space Station and through direct collaborations with governments and companies, thus providing extended opportunities for studying long-term human adaptation to microgravity; • Perform human exploration step-by-step with sound scientific tasks for the astronauts; • Consider relevant scientific research beyond the scope of the International Space Station, in line with the goals set out under the ISECG (2013) Global Exploration Road Map, to undertake planetary exploration. In order to achieve these ambitious goals, the IAA Life Sciences Community advocates the formation of a “Virtual Institute of Space Life Sciences and Medicine (VISLSaM)”. The basic concept of this institute is described in the current study.
The IAA study group 2.8 has published its final report: e-learning education and content sharing; technical and legal issues in space Life sciences. Published in March 2016, 95 pages. The study investigated the status of e-learning in the Life Sciences section in collaborations with other scientific fields and especially focused on the search, sharing and digital rights of educational materials, technologies and technological platforms used in educational activities. The overall goals of the study group were mainly, and by promoting cross-disciplinary collaboration in space medicine, to report on (electronic) educational activities occurring around the globe in this scientific area, to facilitate the registration of experiences on the utilization of contemporary platforms/environments for e-learning deployment, to spread experiences related to conformance with educational standards, to facilitate the e-exchange of educational digital material among educators and finally experiment with the implementation of digital copyright. 
 UN IAA Workshop Human Space TechnologyUN-IAA Costa Rica Workshop on Human Space Technology was held on 07-11 March 2016 in San José, Costa Rica. It was well organized and well attended by participants from all over the world. Among the attendees were Mr. Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, President of Costa Rica, Mr. Eduardo Trejos Lalli, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Marcelo Jenkins, Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, Prof. Giancarlo Genta representing the IAA, Dr. Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator, Mr. Bill Nelson, US Senator (Florida), Costa Rican Astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz, and Ms. Simonetta di Pippo, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. More than 8000 kids attended the Astronaut Public Forum, event with seven astronauts in the stadium. Working groups have been very active and several recommendations were made.
 IAA Laurels 2015 award in Bonn, Germany23 February 2016 Philae Team Laurels ceremony hosted by the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Bonn, Germany. Recipients of the IAA Laurels for team achievement award 2015 in Bonn, Germany.
IAA Spring meetings
Each Academician should have received by surface mail in January 2016 a letter from Vice-President Hiroki Matsuo with individual membership fee 2016 form and Award Ceremony dinner form. If you do not have received any letter from IAA, please contact by email the IAA Office at: contact us
 Newly elected ceremony in Roma, ItalyThe 3rd International Academy of Astronautics Conference on University Satellite Mission, Cubesat Workshop & International Workshop on Lean Satellite  Standardization (IWLS2) gathered more than 130 participants at the Palazzo Rospigliosi in Roma, Italy on November 30- December 05, 2015. The opening ceremony was chaired by Amalia Ercoli Finzi (M2, PolyMi, Italy), Antonio Esposito (ASI), Jean-Michel Contant (Secretary General IAA, France), Filippo Graziani (M2 and Trustee, President GAUSS, Italy), Vladimir Andreev (M2, ISC Kosmotras, Russia), Vladimir Solovey (CM2, Russia). During the conference a ceremony recognized newly elected members, from left to right: Filippo Graziani (IAA Trustee), Francesco Torchia (Italy), member life science section, Officer of the Italian Air Force Medical Corps and new member of the Commission 2,  Abdussalam Saleh (Libya), member engineering  sciences section, Head of Aerospace Engineering Department, University of  Tripoli, Tripoli, Libya and Jean-Michel Contant, IAA Secretary General. 
CSA-IAA Shanghai 2015 Conference
The Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA) and the International Academy of Aeronautics (IAA) have successfully co-organized International Conference on Space Technology Innovation for five times. The 6th conference was held from November 10-12, 2015 in Shanghai, China. The conference focussed on the theme of how advanced space technology benefits human society, discuss related topics of space development, and further promote the international cooperation. Plenary, technical sessions and technical visits were arranged. The conference covered the following topics: satellite technology, satellite applications, commercialization of satellite applications, and international cooperation and policies. 
Academy Day Beijing 2015
International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Academy Day was held on Friday November 6th, 2015 in Beijing, China. Welcome Address was given by Prof. Liu Jiyuan, IAA Vice President. The Academy Day program is available.

 Heads of Space Agencies Summit, MexicoOn Friday 18 September 2015, the IAA Heads of Space Agencies SUMMIT on Climate Change and Disaster Management attended by 25 agency leaders was held by the IAA to engage active dialogue on topics of global concern and participants welcomed a Mexico Declaration. The Summit, hosted by the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), and sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corp., China RS Geoinformatics, ESA, CNES AEM, ROSA and SpaceNews addressed all aspects of the contribution of space activities to the understanding and solving of the challenges of climate change and disaster management. The opening ceremony was chaired by Mtra Monica Aspe, Vice-Minister for Telecommunications of the Mexican Government, Ignacio Pichardo Lechuga, Federal Deputy of Mexico, Contralmirant Froylan Jimenez Colorado, Joint General Director of Communications of SEMAR and General of Division Carlos Rodriguez Munguia, Head of the Mexican Air Forces. The IAA summit was very successful and attended by over 300 participants. The IAA appreciated the presence of Luis Ramirez Quintanilla of Chile who maintained his participation while his country experienced a very severe earthquake a few days ago. A meeting of the Heads of space agencies with Mexican students chaired by Marius Ioan Piso, ROSA and Johann-Dietrich Woerner, ESA, followed the summit. A press conference also followed the event with Dr. Francisco Mendieta, AEM, Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, IAA Secretary General, Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, CNES, Sandile Malinga, SANSA, South Africa, Alice Bunn, UK Space Agency and Ger Niewpoort, space agency of the Netherlands.
 Climate Change & Disaster Management Conference in MexicoAs an introduction to the Heads of Space Agencies Summit on Climate Change and Disaster Management, the International Academy of Astronautics organized on Thursday 17 September 2015, an IAA International CONFERENCE on Climate Change and Disaster Management entitled "Space Systems for the Benefit of Earth and Humankind" in Mexico City, Mexico. Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, IAA Secretary General, kicked-off the conference with opening remarks, then three keynotes were addressed by Dr. Carlos Nobre, Brazil, Dr. Ellen Stofan, NASA, United States and Dr. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director UNOOSA. The six technical sessions focused respectively on: Carbon Monitoring System, Earthquakes and Disaster Management and Big Data and Land Remote Sensing, Water and Weather, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Space in Support of People. The IAA conference was very successful and attended by over 300 participants. Keynote Speakers - IAA Climate Change & Disaster Management Conference, From left to right: Dr JM Contant, Secretary General IAA, Ellen Stofan, NASA,  Jean-Yves Le Gall, President CNES, Francisco Mendieta, AEM, Simonetta di Pippo, Director UNOOSA, Dr Carlos Nobre, Brazil, Dr James H Crocker, Lockheed Martin Corp.
 Academy Day JerusalemThe IAA Academy Day was held in Jerusalem, Israel on Sunday 11 October 2015. At this occasion IAA Press releases on awards and new members were published. Newly elected members 2015 were inducted during the IAA Award Dinner.
 IAA von Karman Award 2015 Dr Hiroki MatsuoThe International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) has attributed the Theodore von Karman Award for 2015 to Dr. Hiroki Matsuo, Japan Manned Systems Corporation's Science Adviser, in recognition for his life-time efforts in advancing space research and applications, his leading role both in launch vehicle development and in interplanetary endeavors such as Halley’s Armada and Hayabusa, his outstanding leadership of Japanese space policy through chairing the Space Activities Commission, his fruitful dedication to education, as well as his remarkable contributions to international cooperation and to the International Academy of Astronautics. IAA Press Release 15-03 is available.
 IAA Laurels 2015 to Philae teamThe International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) has attributed the Laurels for Team Achievement Award for 2015 to the Philae Lander team. The 2015 Laurels for Team Achievement recognizing extraordinary performance and achievement by a team of scientists, engineers and managers in the field of Astronautics, are given to the team of engineers and managers, whose talent, skills and dedication made possible Philae Lander. The citation reads as follow: the 2015 Laurels for Team Achievements is given to the team of scientists and engineers whose creativity and expertise made possible the development and operation of Philae Lander which conducted the first-ever successful cometary soft landing, the first cometary surface operations, and the first cometary in-situ science collection. International cooperation and partnership were essential for the success of this remarkable mission. IAA Press Release 15-05 is available.
 Space Systems, Mamaia 2015The 4th IAA Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure took place on 06-07 August, 2015 in Mamaia, Romania. The conference was organised by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) jointly with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). The focus of the conference was to identify new trends and threats of space critical infrastructure (SCI) and the interdependencies of these SCI to other critical infrastructures (CI). The conference report aims at reviewing the activities undertaken in Mamaia as well as to offer a background for better understanding the rationalities behind this series of conferences. It is important to note as well further milestones and directions of action in the field of space critical infrastructures and their interdependencies on other vital systems, technologies and services. Consequently, the report is divided into three parts, as follows: introduction to the conference, organisation of the conference, and results, conclusions and further actions.
 Future of Space Exploration, Turin, ItalyThe 9th IAA Symposium on The Future of Space Exploration - Towards New Global Programmes took place on 07-09 July, 2015 in Torino, Italy.
IAA Spring meetings
The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), has elected new members 2015, many of whom were inducted on 11 October 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel during an Academy Day Honor Night Dinner. 
 Humans in Space 2015The 20th IAA Humans in Space Symposium took place on 29 June - 03rd July, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. In the Prague Diplomat Hotel there were more than 200 world experts on human spaceflights discussing the future challenges. During the week, there were a total of 17 regular sessions with 141 reports. Throughout the week there was also accessible the poster session in the foyer with 33 posters that were made predominantly by students and young scientists. Among the participants of the Symposium there have been 12 scientists from the Czech Republic who ended up on the fifth place in the statistics of amount of the participants from each country. First places went to the Russian Federation, Germany, the United States and China, that are world leaders in space research. Significant role in the smooth running of the Symposium played high school and university students who had worked as volunteers and thanks to that had the opportunity to meet leading experts and also the astronauts Dumitru Prunariu, Reinhold Ewald and Leroy Chiao. Conference report is available.
 SFS Symposium 2015The 2nd IAA Space Flight Safety Symposium took place on 29 June - 03rd July, 2015 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

 HOA meeting in Paris at CNESOn Monday 15 June 2015, 27 Heads of Space Agencies or delegations gathered in CNES Headquarters, Paris, France. The dinner hosted by Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES, was an occasion to discuss and prepare the Summit declaration. Among the participants were Francisco Javier Mendietta, Head of Mexican Space Agency, Johann-Dietrich Woerner, DLR / ESA, Talgat Musabayev, Space Agency of Kazakhstan, Bo Andersen, Norwegian Space Center, Marek Banaszkiewicz, Polish Space Agency, David Parker, UK Space Agency, Olle Norberg, Swedish National Space Board, Daniel Neuenschwander, Switzerland Space Agency, Etienne Massard Makaga, Space Agency of Gabon, as well as Alain Ratier, Director General of EUMETSAT and delegations from Australia, Azerbajian, Belgium, China, UAE, Spain, Hungary, Italy and Ukraine . The Heads of Space Agencies Summit on Climate Change and Disaster Management will be held in Mexico on 18 September 2015. (© CNES/O. PASCAUD, 2015)
 IAA LCPM 2015 in Berlin
The 11th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Mission Conference took place on 09-11 June, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. More than 150 international participants gathered on this occasion. The IAA Low-Cost Planetary Mission Conference is a forum for planetary scientists, technologists, engineers, project managers and agency officials to gather for the exchange of information and ideas for making robotic missions (such as NASA's Discovery program, ESA's Cosmic Vision Small Class and Medium program, JAXA's Hayabusa missions, ISRO's Chandrayaan-1 mission) richer scientifically while remaining affordably low-cost.
 Space conference in UkraineThe 5th International Conference ‘Space Technologies: Present and Future’ was held on 19-21 May 2015 in Dnepropetrovsk under the aegis of the International Academy of Astronautics. Yuzhnoye State Design Office and IAA Ukrainian branch were the main organizers.
More than 260 scientists and specialists from twenty countries of the world took part in the conference activity. Among those were Oleg Uruskyi, Head of State Space Agency of Ukraine; members of IAA Board of Trustees: Prof. Marius-Ioan Piso, Head of Space Agency of Romania and Filippo Graziani, Professor of La Sapienza University of Rome; Claude Nicollier, Swiss Astrophysicist, Astronaut of European Space Agency, Participant of four space flights; Yaroslav Yatskiv, Member of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Deputy Head of the Space Board.
More than 125 papers were presented during the five sessions of the conference and 8 papers were delivered during the plenary session. Two round-table discussions were held on the urgent issues of space technologies: ‘Interorbital Space Service’ and ‘Problems of Space Debris Removal from Near-Earth Space’.

 IAA Regional meeting in USAA US Regional Meeting took place on May 8th in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California, USA.  It consisted of a SpaceX visit, in which the 20 participants had the chance to see the fabrication area of launch systems and the dragon capsule.  The tour included also a conversation with Hans Koenigsmann, VP for Mission Assurance, at SpaceX.  Past, current and future activities were discussed.  Topics were related to Mission Operations, complexity of launch systems and SpaceX plans to go to Mars.  At the end of the visit the group had the chance to meet with Elon Musk, who was inducted as a full member into the IAA. Other new members included Susan Smrekar, Olivier Contant, Matthew Schaefer and John Baker. The day ended with a dinner at a restaurant in El Segundo.
 IAA Symposium in BerlinThe 10th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation took place on 20-24 April, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. More than 120 papers and posters were presented. The areas of interest of this year’s biannual symposium are all components of small satellite missions, like spacecraft concepts  and subsystems, instruments and sensors,  ground stations and communication, launch systems, distributes space systems, and lessons learned. The symposium includes again a student prize paper competition. The keynote and the panel discussion are focused on entrepreneurship on space.
 Planetary Defense Conference 2015The 4th IAA Planetary Defense Conference took place from 13 to 17 April, 2015 in Frascati, Italy. This excellent IAA Planetary Defence Conference - PDC 2015 - concluded on Friday 17 April after 5 hectic days of exemplary presentations: nearly 250 participants and 170 Papers and Posters. The following topics were discussed: Planetary Defense - Recent Progress & Plans, NEO Discovery and Characterization, Mitigation Techniques & Missions, Impact Effects that Inform Warning, Mitigation & Costs and Consequence Management & Education. A detailed asteroid impact exercise completed the week at the ESA ESRIN site in Frascati Italy. Thank you to all who contributed and supported this very successful event. Live video coverage of the conference was available and you may check the video replay at:

 SETI Conference 2015The 6th IAA Symposium on Search for Life Signatures organized by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and co-sponsored by ASTRON took place on March 26-27, 2015 in Paris, France. SETI (the “Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence”) refers to the experiments intended to find either radio or optical signals from extraterrestrial societies situated on planets around other stars. The largest radio telescopes world-wide have occasionally pursued SETI searches since 1960, in most cases hunting for signals near in frequency to 1420 MHz (the emission line of neutral hydrogen). Optical SETI searches have been pursued since the 1990s. These attempts to detect extraterrestrial signals are called “Passive SETI”. Several experts discussed different topics on radio astronomy, SETI, related aspects about planets orbiting the Sun and other stars, habitability and life signatures, as well as on the technological and societal aspects of finding extra-terrestrial life and establishing “contact”. Conference report is now available.
 Conference on Climate Change and Disaster ManagementThe 1st IAA/IISL Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Management - Space Based Systems and their Applications: Technological and Legal Perspectives (i3CDM) took place on February 26-28, 2015 at Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, India.  The i3CDM Conference co-organized by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), the Ministry  of Earth Sciences, Government of India, the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), and the Indian Space Organisation (ISRO) was addressing all aspects of the contribution of space activities to understanding and solving the problems of climate change and disaster management. The i3CDM Conference was attended by 280 participants and nearly 90 papers were presented together with a roundtable of Heads of Space Agencies of India, France, Romania and Mexico. The International Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Management (i3CDM) has recommended 11 points to reduce uncertainties in climate assessment and prediction. Several media reported on this event.
 IAA Newly Elected Member in Kovalam, IndiaOn February 26-28, 2015 at Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, India, several newly elected members were introduced in the Academy: Shailesh Nayak, Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Earth Sciences (Member Social Science section), Kiran Kumar, new Chairman ISRO (Member of the Engineering Science section), K.N. Ninan, Director PCM of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (Member of the Engineering Science section), Anil Bhardwaj, Director Space Physics Laboratory (Corresponding Member Basic Science section), and John Zachariah, Deputy Director Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (Corresponding Member Social Science section).
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