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Following the successful two first symposium on Private Human Access to Space (PHAS) held in Arcachon (France) in 2008 and 2011, the International Academy of Astronautics has the pleasure to invite you to participate to the 3rd edition.
The 3rd PHAS will be held in 2019 in China. Dates and venue to be confirmed shortly.
Considering the remarkable progress which have been made in the domain of Private Space these last years, the symposium aims at gathering specialists covering the very broad domain of the
“Access to Space and Operations in Space carried out in a Private commercial frame”.

-          The Symposium will deal with the major technical features of the proposed solutions, both for sub-orbital and orbital missions, including the modules, systems, hotels planned to welcome private passengers in orbit; most of them are under development, ready to fly, or have even already performed initial flights, so the participants should be given the opportunity to have a good synthesis of the technical definition and operation of the vehicles,
-          The Symposium will address in detail some key aspects of the systems, sub-systems and equipment involved in the human operations of the vehicles, such as aerodynamics-aerothermodynamics at reentry, orbital rendezvous, ECLSS, reusability aspects; the Reliability and Safety aspects will be given a special attention,
-          The Symposium will cover the Ground Support topics, such as commercial Spaceports, private use and adaptation of institutional launch bases, training centers, but also side activities, entertainment, …
-          The Psychological and Physiological aspects are of key importance, dealing with the selection criteria; Ergonomic aspects can be developed, such as the habitation constraints and the EVA suits,
-          The Symposium will address the Legal, Regulatory and Insurance aspects, on both Certification and Safety aspects of commercial manned space flight; current limitations will be identified and future actions will be proposed
-          The Symposium will deal with the Financial aspects associated to the development of Private Access to Space, mainly in terms of overall evaluation of development cost, the operational costs, associated business plans and financing; to that extent, a special focus will be cast on the market analysis, giving a mid-term and long-term vision to activities identified in the future (factories in orbit, Moon exploitation, Asteroid mining, Solar Power Stations, …)


The International Academy for Astronautics has the ambition of making this Symposium a key focal point for all partners interested in the subject, researchers, industrials, entrepreneurs, space companies, agencies, universities, government representatives, associations, academies…
The conference will propose outstanding communications on all those topics, but will also reserve time for networking and fruitful exchange among all delegates.
A special attention will be given to students in order to guarantee presence of fresh blood who will undertake in near future the dreams of older sceptics...
Please note that a significant exhibit can be organized; please contact us if you are potentially interested.


A typical abstract would be one page long, Word format, 800 words, associated to a short bio of the authors.
The abstracts should be sent to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Future schedule is the following:
-          Abstracts due by TBD,
-          Papers selections by TBD,
-          Final program released by TBD
Registration form is under preparation and will be made available as soon as possible.
All the papers and presentations will be distributed to all registered participants shortly after the Symposium. A selection of the best papers presented during the Symposium will be proposed for peer reviewing and publication in a special issue of Acta Astronautica.
Conference website will be soon available with more detailed information

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