eNewsletter of the International Academy of Astronautics

as of December 1st, 2014

 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
 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
Space Elevators
The IAA study group 3.13 has published its final report: IAA cosmic study on Space Elevators: an Assessment of the Technological Feasibility and the Way Forward, published in 2013, 349 pages. This book addresses the simple and complex issues that have been identified through the development of space elevator concepts over the last decade. The report begins with a summary of those ideas in Edwards' and Westling's book The Space Elevator (2003). Out of these beginnings has risen a worldwide cadre focused upon their areas of expertise as applied to space elevator development and operational infrastructure. The report answers some basic questions about the feasibility of a space elevator infrastructure. A preview of the main questions and answers shows the depth and breadth of this Cosmic Study: Why a space elevator? Can it be done? How would all the elements fit together to create a system of systems? What are the technical feasibility of each major space elevator element?
 IAA Regional Meeting in Columbia On 31 October and 1 November 2013 an international seminar on space law and sovereignty was held in Bogota chaired by the head of the Columbia Commission of Space. On the same day the first  was held at University Sergio Arboleda. Dr. Jean-Michel Contant gave a one hour lecture about the Academy activities. The meeting was attended by numerous students from the following areas of the Universidad Sergio Arboleda: Social Communication and Journalism, engineering, mathematics and philosophy.
IAA Cosmic Study on Space Debris Environment Remediation
The IAA study group 5.5 has published its final report: IAA cosmic study on Space Debris Environment Remediation, Published 2013, 85 pages.  The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) has been investigating the status and the stability of the space debris environment in several studies by first looking into space traffic management possibilities, and then investigating means of mitigating the creation of space debris. The present report, with a focus on removal concepts and technical options for debris environment remediation, is intended to pave the way for a follow-on IAA study on “Orbital Debris Removal: Policy, Legal, Political and Economic Considerations”. That study addresses in more detail the feasibility of technical, operational, legal and economical solution approaches.
 IAA Newly Elected Members, Beijing, ChinaThe International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), has elected new members, many of whom were inducted on September 22, 2013 in Beijing, China, during the Academy Day Honor Night Dinner.
 Mamaia conference 2013 The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) together with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) organized between the 29th and 30th of August 2013 the 2nd IAA Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure in Mamaia, Romania. Among the participants there were experts in the domains of space systems and critical infrastructures within ROSA, the Military Equipment and Technologies Research Agency (METRA), the European Institute for Risk, Security and Communication Management (EURISC) and from specialized organizations in Poland, Italy and Germany. The private sector was represented by RARTEL, a company that offers satellite imagery in Romania, and by GMV Romania, which offers advanced technical solutions for the space domain and for critical infrastructures. Moreover, his excellency Sorin Encutescu, the Senior Advisor for National Security to the Prime Minister, participated in the conference as a special guest, presenting the Romanian Legislation for the Protection of Critical Infrastructure. The first session of the conference was dedicated to presenting the status report of the IAA Study Group on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure but also the results of the first phase of the national project CRITSYS – Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure, developed by ROSA, METRA and EURISC. The second session was dedicated to technical presentations such as Improving data protection for Earth satellite station networks,  the SSA Program and its impact on space critical infrastructure, the development of satellite launch capabilities and the use of space systems for solving specific Romanian issues (floods, agriculture terrain monitoring, protection of Romanian infrastructures).  Also, Dr. Anatoly N. Perminov, IAA Vice-President Scientific Activities, submitted a poster presentation on IGMASS Project and Protection of Space Infrastructure.

Mamaia conference participants
 IAA Human in Space 2013 The 19th IAA Human in Space Symposium took place in Cologne, Germany, July 07-12 , 2013. The organizers of the 19th IAA Humans in Space Conference organized a program that focused on basic major questions and challenges in order to attract respective specialists, regardless of whether they are from the space research community or not. Many participants were stimulating interdisciplinary discussions on how to focus on major life sciences questions that can be answered with the help of space research. This also involved the topic of future joint funding approaches.

Cologne conference participants
 Future of Space Exploration The 8th IAA Symposium on the Future of Space Exploration: Towards the Stars took place in Turin, Italy, July 03-05, 2013.The goals of this symposium on the human and robotic exploration beyond the Moon were more ambitious than ever. Thanks to a renewed commitment of the International Academy of Astronautics, the areas of interest have been widened. The aim was to promote an exchange of ideas and experiences among those interested in the various scientific, technological, human and ethical aspects of outer solar system and interstellar exploration and to propose new missions. Papers regarding the motivations and human aspects of deep space exploration were welcomed, and also papers dealing with advanced concepts and new ideas. Papers were solicited in priority on Planetary Robotic Exploration, Human Space Exploration, Technology, Science, Programatics, Motivations and human aspects, Policy, Ethical aspects of long range exploration and cultural aspects.
 von Karman A one-day symposium was held at Caltech on June 21, 2013 to commemorate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Theodore von Kármán. The Theodore von Karman Symposium honored the 50th anniversary of Dr. von Kármán's death on May 6, 1963. Dr. von Kármán was a key figure in aerodynamics and his work on supersonic and hypersonic airflow characterization was groundbreaking. Being a true visionary with many international contacts, he founded or helped to found many institutions, notably the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and he was the first Director of the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, California Institute of Technology (GALCIT). This event was sponsored by the International Academy of Astronautics and GALCIT. JPL Director Dr. Charles Elachi emphasized in his opening remarks the connection between education and engineering and that von Kármán was a good example who was able to establish this between JPL and Caltech. Invited speakers from the Smithsonian Institute, Dr. Gorn and Dr. Daso, presented von Kármán's life and his accomplishments. Dr. Sweeney from the Aerojet Corporation talked about the entrepreneurship of von Kármán. Prof. Knauss and Prof. Culick (IAA member) talked about von Kármán's influence at Caltech, and Dr. Conway about von Kármán's influence on the creation of JPL. Dr. Contant presented an overview of the IAA, its structure and Kármán's influence during the creation of the IAA. During the end Dr. Singer shared his memories of von Kármán. The symposium was moderated by Dr. Baggett from JPL and it was organized by Dr. Otfrid Liepack (IAA Regional Secretary, USA).
 Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference The 10th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference took place in Pasadena, USA, June 18-20, 2013. The 10th Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference focussed on missions characterized by those of NASA's Discovery program and ESA's Cosmic Vision Small Class and Medium program. These missions of scientific exploration are conducted at a fixed cost that includes spacecraft and science payload development, launch, operations, science data analysis, and all relevant mission-specific technology development. Other relevant examples of low-cost planetary missions include JAXA's Hayabusa-1 mission and ISRO's Chandrayaan-1 mission. Many participants, planetary scientists, technologists, engineers, project managers and agency officials gathered for the exchange of information and ideas for making this class of robotic mission richer scientifically while remaining affordably low-cost.
 Honorary Member Valentina Tereshkova The 2013 session of Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of cosmonaut Tereshkova's historic space flight. On 16 June 1963, Valentina Tereshkova, IAA Honorary Member, became the first woman in outer space.

Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, IAA Trustee Member, Valentina Tereshkova, IAA Honorary Member, 13 June 2013, Vienna, Austria
 Shanghai 2013 participants The 5th CSA-IAA Conference on Advanced Space Technology took place in Shanghai, China, May 20-23, 2013. The conference organized by the Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA) and the International Academy of Aeronautics (IAA) provided a forum for technicians, researchers, scholars, decision makers and young professionals focusing on the theme of “New Era for Space Science and Technology”.

5th CSA-IAA Conference on Advanced Space Technology participants, May 20-23, 2013, Shanghai, China

 Academician Yang Liwei

 International Academy of Astronautics Academy Day, Beijing, May 18, 2013, Beijing, China.

IAA Secretary General Jean-Michel Contant, Academician Yang Liwei (Full Member, Engineering Sciences), IAA Trustee Zhuang Fengyuan
 The 4th IAA Conference on Space Technologies: the Present and Future took place in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, April 17-19, 2013. Prof. Hiroki Matsuo, Vice-President IAA and Alexander Degtyarev, Trustee IAA, opened the conference in front of more than 300 participants. The program presented 220 papers from 22 countries.

4th IAA Conference on Space Technologies participants, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine,
Wednesday April 17, 2013

Academician Lori Garver
 The 2013 IAA Planetary Defense Conference took place in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, April 15-19, 2013. Academician Lori Garver, Deputy Administrator of NASA opened Monday April 15, the 2013 IAA Planetary Defense Conference at Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. Nearly 300 scientists and engineers from 35 countries gathered to discuss near Earth objects and asteroids threats to Earth. A special session on the Chelyabinsk  event of February 15 was held with a wide public and press interest in this unique meteor strike. David Morrison, Mark Boslough, Clark Chapman and Alan Harris were providing analysis of what happened. Academicians William Ailor (Aerospace Corp.) and Richard Tremayne-Smith were chairing the conference. The Secretary General of the Academy, Jean-Michel Contant gave an introductory presentation and William Grabe, Vice-President Research and David Trilling of the Northern Arizona University welcomed the audience. Thanks to NASA, live video was available during the week at http://livestream.com/pdc2013. On Thursday April 18 participants conducted exercises on mitigation response and disaster management. Conference website is http://www.pdc2013.org

Academician Lori Garver, Deputy Administrator of NASA, 2013 IAA Planetary Defense Conference at Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, Monday April 15, 2013, Opening Ceremony
 IAA Newly Elected Ceremony, Berlin 2013 The 9th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation took place in Berlin, Germany, April 08-12, 2013. This conference reflects the high interest in the use of small satellites for dedicated missions applied to earth observation, from scientific earth observation missions to technology demonstration missions.

IAA Technical Director Rainer Sandau; Newly Elected Corresponding Member Norbert Frischauf; Academician Rene Laufer
 Participants CubeSat Roma 2013 The 2nd IAA Conference on University Satellites Missions and Cubesat Winter Workshop took place on February 03-09, 2013, in Roma, Italy. The Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale of Sapienza University of Roma hosted this event dedicated to the new generation of university satellites: micro, pico, femtosatellites, from cubesats to pocketsats. In particular the Cubesat Workshop provided the opportunity for students to have an overview of the current status of the university microsatellites, as well as to exchange different points of view through a variety of sessions, laboratories and forums.

 The Academy Day took place in Beijing, China, on September 22, 2013.

 An IAA Regional Meeting took place in Pasadena, USA, on June 21, 2013.

 The 2nd edition of the event “Space and God” took place in Roma, Italy, on June 21, 2013.

 The ISPRS - IAA Hannover Workshop 2013 on High-Resolution Earth Imaging for Geospatial Information took place in Hannover, Germany, 21-24 May, 2013.

 Acta Astronautica Journal, Volume 101, August-September 2014, is now available. IAA members are entitled for a special subscription rate for their Journal.

 The International Academy of Astronautics and the United Nations Human Space Technology Initiative Cooperation.

 We have lost mail contact with the following members. Any information is welcomed.

 IAA Obituary