eNewsletter of the International Academy of Astronautics

as of March 05, 2015

 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. On this occasion 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:

 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.
 2nd IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems (DYCOSS)The 2nd IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems (DYCOSS) organized by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) with the cooperation of the American Astronautical Society (AAS) aiming to join specialists in dynamics and control of space systems was held in Roma, Italy in the Palazzo Rospigliosi, on March 24-26, 2014. Papers were presented during the conference on several topics such as Attitude dynamics and control, Attitude sensors and actuators, Dynamics and control of large space structures and tethers, Mission design and optimization, Optimal control in space flight dynamics, Orbital dynamics and determination, Satellite constellations and formation flying, Space structures development and verification, Spacecraft guidance, navigation and control.
 5th IAA Search for Life Signatures Symposium participants The 5th IAA Search for Life Signatures Symposium was held on March 20-21, 2014 at UNESCO, Paris, France. Speakers during the opening ceremony were Madhavan Nair, IAA President, Lidia Brito, UNESCO Director of Division of Science Policy & Capacity Building (SC/PCB), Michael A. Garrett, ASTRON General and Scientific Director, Jean-Michel Contant, IAA Secretary General and Claudio Maccone, IAA Director Space Exploration. The discovery since 1995 of more than 2000 extrasolar planets makes it clear that both Passive and Active SETI may now be “targeted” towards exoplanets that are situated within habitable zones, further increasing the probability of a SETI success.
IAA Newly Elected Corresponding Members 2013
More than 130 Academicians and their guests attended the IAA Dinner Award Ceremony on Monday 17 March 2014 in Paris, France. Newly elected members were inducted by IAA President M. Nair, Vice-President Y. d'Escatha, 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: Jacob Van Zyl (Basic Sciences Section), Vladislav Solovey and Akira Tsuchida (Engineering Sciences Section), Giangrande Barresi and Jana Robinson (Social Sciences Section).
The following Academicians were inducted as IAA Full Members: Sabine Schindler (Basic Sciences Section), Marco d'Errico, Simonetta Di Pippo, Serge Flamenbaum, Anatoly Tonkonozhenko and Sergei Zolotoy (Engineering Sciences Section), Ali Al-Mashat, Ciro Arevalo-Yepes and Andrea Kleinsasser (Social Sciences Section).
At this occasion, Giancarlo Genta received the IAA Engineering Sciences section award.
IAA Spring meetings
 International Academy of Astronautics IAA Spring Meetings, Paris, France. For a detailed list of IAA meetings held in March 2014, please visit the IAA past activities section.
 IAA Summit 2014, Washington DCThe International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) conducted a Heads of Space Agencies Summit on space exploration (Planetary Robotic and Human Spaceflight Exploration) in Washington D.C., United States, on 10 January 2014. 32 Heads of Space Agencies gathered in Washington DC to discuss topics of international importance on Planetary Robotic and Human Spaceflight Exploration and new fresh ideas on international cooperation through the following round tables:
    1) The Importance of International Cooperation
    2) Space Stations
    3) Space Exploration: LEO & Beyond
    4) Benefits of Space Exploration.
The International Academy of Astronautics announces the IAA Summit declaration that was welcomed by all agencies leaders.
The International Academy of Astronautics has proposed to Space Agencies specific activities enhancing global cooperation in space exploration which have resulted from the Heads of Space Agencies Summit in 2010. The IAA welcomes participation in these specific activities by Space Agencies.

 IAA Space Exploration ConferenceThe International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) held a space exploration conference (Planetary Robotic and Human Spaceflight Exploration) in Washington D.C., United States, on 9 January 2014. The program is available on this website. There was the following parallel sessions:
    1) Human Aspects in Spaceflight
    2) Scientific Goals in Robotics Missions
    3) Technical Factors: Enabling Technologies /Common Requirements
    4) Private Industry’s Role in Space Exploration and Exploitation: Technical, Policy and Legal Considerations
    5) Space Exploration: The Imperative of Global Cooperation
    6) Space Stations Utilization for Robotics and Human Spaceflight Exploration