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as of January 4, 2016

Acta Astronautica Journal
New articles are available for Acta Astronautica, Journal of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Volume 119,  Pages 1-252, February–March 2016 .
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.
Prof. Hans-Peter Roeser

Academician Hans-Peter Roeser passed away on December 08, 2015 after a serious illness. He was a Full Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) of the Section 1 on Basic Sciences (he was elected a corresponding member in 1998 and a full Member in 2003). Prof. Roeser was a member of the IAA Board of Trustees (BOT) and the IAA Scientific Activities Committee (SAC) Vice-Chair for studies. He was director and head of the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) at Stuttgart University from 2002 until February 2014 and since then he has been deputy director of the institute. He was the founder of the German SOFIA Institute.
Roeser was the first German on the Kulper Airborne Observatory (KAO). Even the spaceport Baden-Württemberg (RZBW) at Stuttgart University, with about 170 employees one of the largest European scientific research institutions in space, was initiated by Hans-Peter Roeser. He was also the founder and mentor of the Stuttgart small satellite program, in which students can build small satellites. In university education, he formed the IRS a Europe-wide unique range of lectures, practicals and exercises in space technology and space applications.
Born in Polch, he studied physics at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn. In 1979 he received his doctorate in Applied Physics at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University and the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn.
In honor of Hans-Peter Roeser the International Astronomical Union has named a minor planet on his name: (52308) Hanspeterröser.

 IAA Past President George E. MuellerDr. George E. Mueller (USA) born 16 July 1918, died on 12 October 2015 in California, USA. Dr. George E.Mueller was the President of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) during 16 years from 1982 until 1999. He was elected a corresponding member (CM) of the Academy in 1966 and became a full member (M) in 1978. The IAA Board of Trustees elected the outgoing Academy President George E. Mueller in 1997 an Honorary Member, to join the ranks of astronaut John Glenn (USA) and cosmonauts Adrian Nikolayev and Valentina Nikoloyeva-Tereshkova (Russia). He also received the highest recognition of the Academy, the von Karman Award, in 1999.
In 1982 Dr. George E. Mueller when taking the rein of the Academy asked a total revision of the IAA statutes. The main goal was to give the IAA full independence from any other organization and this transformation, prepared in Montreux, Switzerland, in February 1983 occurred during an extraordinary meeting of the Academy in Geneva in October 1983 where he received full support of the members. On this occasion, he created in the Academy membership a social science section that is the home of experts of space law, economy, history, management, etc. He also unlocked the yearly quotas for elections to a maximum of 100 M and CM and this limit is still active today. Shortly after the Montreux historic changes the Academy moved its headquarters to the 6 rue Galilee, Paris 16th France.
Dr. George E. Mueller initiated many new standalone conferences that now cumulate 15 to 20 each year, created nearly on hundred committees, initiated the cosmic studies that now cumulate to more than 65 studies published and 40 studies in preparation. No doubt that Dr. George E. Mueller installed the IAA on new tracks that are giving fruits in those years as exemplified by the three heads of space agencies Summit of 2010, 2014 and 2015 that assembled for the first time historic numbers of Chiefs of Agencies for promoting international cooperation.
Dr. George E. Mueller began his career at Bell Telephone Lab, became a Professor at Ohio State University, followed by Ramo Wooldrige as Head of the Electronic division where he was responsible for the guidance of Atlas, Titan, Thor and Minuteman ballistic missiles. In 1963 Jim Webb, NASA Administrator asked him to be the head of the manned space flight program, responsible for the Gemini, Apollo/Saturn and related programs. He was the originator of the Skylab and the “father” of the space shuttle. After successful completion of the second lunar landing he became Senior Vice-President of General Dynamics Corp. and later President of System Development Corporation, Senior Vice-President of Burroughs Corporation and finally the key executive in the development of commercial space launcher capability at the Kistler Aerospace Company.

 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.
 Academician Andrea BoeseAcademician Andrea Boese, Germany, a true supporter of the International Academy of Astronautics is no longer with us. She passed away at 53. The President, the Board of Trustees and the Secretary General of the Academy and Academicians express grief to her family, her professional colleagues and friends. Elected a corresponding member of the Academy in 2008, she was elected a full member Academician in 2013. She was extremely active as a member of four IAA studies and did not miss any Academy Day during nearly 10 years. Andrea was chair of IAA Life Sciences Commission and actively participated within DLR to the 2010 and 2014 Heads of Space Agencies Summits in Washington DC. Until the recent days she helped prepare the upcoming Heads of Space Agencies Summit on Climate Change and Disaster Management in Mexico in a new capacity at the European Space Agency that she recently joined in July 2015.
At DLR she was Chief Diversity Officer, and prior Manager Strategy and Alliances, Corporate Development and External Relations Department in Cologne, Germany. She has played a significant role in the development of international activities and cooperation in the space life science, both in her previous position at the Institute for Aerospace Medicine in Cologne and in her role at DLR. She has made important contributions to international research cooperation, particularly to cooperation between Germany, Russia and the U.S. She has contributed personally to the cooperative activities, playing a central role in both managing and carrying out these activities. Her investigations in the field of metabolism and, in particular, in the field of mineral metabolism in bone tissue are principally important for the development of new methods and means of countermeasures against adverse effects of weightlessness on human organism, that undoubtedly is personal contribution into the development of space biology and medicine. The Academy has lost an active and respected member.
 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.
 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).
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.