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as of May 29th, 2015


 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. 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. The conference also included an exercise where participants simulated the decision-making process for developing deflection and civil defense responses to a hypothetical asteroid threat. Live video coverage of the conference was available at:
http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/esalive
 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).
 
IAA Spring meetings
Each Academician should have received by surface mail in January 2015 a letter from Vice-President Hiroki Matsuo with individual membership fee 2015 form and Award Ceremony dinner form to be held on March 23, 2015. If you do not have received any letter from IAA, please contact by email the IAA Office at: contact us
 1st Latin America Cubesat WorkshopThe 1st IAA Latin America Cubesat Workshop took place in Brasilia, Brazil, from 08 December to 11 December 2014. Delegates from 26 countries gathered in Brasilia on this occasion.
 Academy Day Beijing 2014 The International Academy of Astronautics Academy Day Beijing, China was held on November 25, 2014. Several Academicians received their diplomas during this Academy Day meeting in Beijing.
 Academy Day Kiev 2014International Academy of Astronautics Academy Day was held in Kiev, Ukraine on November 06, 2014. Academicians attended this joint IAA-NASU meeting with the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Scientific program and report are available.
 
Academy Day Toronto 2014
International Academy of Astronautics Academy Day was held in Toronto, Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on September 28, 2014. IAA Newly Elected Members were inducted during the Academy Day Dinner in Toronto. 
 Moscow State UniversityThe International Academy of Astronautics Academy Day was held in Moscow, Russia at the Moscow State University on August 2nd, 2014. On the occasion of the 40th Scientific Assembly of COSPAR, the Academy Day Moscow was chaired by Lev Zeleny and Gregg Vane. Scientific program is available.
 
3rd IAA - RACTs Conference
 The 3rd IAA - RACTs Conference on Scientific and Technological Experiments on Automatic Space Vehicles and Small Satellites was held on September 09-11, 2014 in Samara, Russia.


 
 
IAA Space Flight Safety Symposium
 The IAA Conference on Space Flight Safety was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia on July 28-31, 2014. On this occasion many experts gathered and discussed Space Flight Safety topics such as Fire safety of Space vehicles, Protection of Space structures from space debris collisions and micrometeoroids, Safety at launch place and during takeoff, Radiation hazards and safety, and Supercomputer predictive modeling for ensuring Space program safety
 
IAA Spring meetings
The International Academy of Astronautics is pleased to announce the 2014 IAA Newly Elected Members.
 
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