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 The IAA lost one of its past President

Dr. 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.

  Climate Change & Disaster Management Summit in Mexico 

On Friday 18 September 2015, the IAA Heads of Space Agencies SUMMIT on Climate Change and Disaster Management attended by 25 agency leaders was held by the IAA to engage active dialogue on topics of global concern and participants welcomed a Mexico Declaration.

Mexico Summit 2015

The Summit, hosted by the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), and sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corp., China RS Geoinformatics, ESA, CNES AEM, ROSA and SpaceNews addressed all aspects of the contribution of space activities to the understanding and solving of the challenges of climate change and disaster management. The opening ceremony was chaired by Mtra Monica Aspe, Vice-Minister for Telecommunications of the Mexican Government, Ignacio Pichardo Lechuga, Federal Deputy of Mexico, Contralmirant Froylan Jimenez Colorado, Joint General Director of Communications of SEMAR and General of Division Carlos Rodriguez Munguia, Head of the Mexican Air Forces. The IAA summit was very successful and attended by over 300 participants. The IAA appreciated the presence of Luis Ramirez Quintanilla of Chile who maintained his participation while his country experienced a very severe earthquake a few days ago. A meeting of the Heads of space agencies with Mexican students chaired by Marius Ioan Piso, ROSA and Johann-Dietrich Woerner, ESA, followed the summit. A press conference also followed the event with Dr. Francisco Mendieta, AEM, Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, IAA Secretary General, Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, CNES, Sandile Malinga, SANSA, South Africa, Alice Bunn, UK Space Agency and Ger Niewpoort, space agency of the Netherlands.

  Climate Change & Disaster Management Conference in Mexico 

As an introduction to the Heads of Space Agencies Summit on Climate Change and Disaster Management, the International Academy of Astronautics organized on Thursday 17 September 2015, an IAA International CONFERENCE on Climate Change and Disaster Management entitled "Space Systems for the Benefit of Earth and Humankind" in Mexico City, Mexico. Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, IAA Secretary General, kicked-off the conference with opening remarks, then three keynotes were addressed by Dr. Carlos Nobre, Brazil, Dr. Ellen Stofan, NASA, United States and Dr. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director UNOOSA. The six technical sessions focused respectively on: Carbon Monitoring System, Earthquakes and Disaster Management and Big Data and Land Remote Sensing, Water and Weather, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Space in Support of People. The IAA conference was very successful and attended by over 300 participants. 
Mexico conference

Keynote Speakers - IAA Climate Change & Disaster Management Conference
From left to right: Dr JM Contant, Secretary General IAA, Ellen Stofan, NASA,  Jean-Yves Le Gall, President CNES, Francisco Mendieta, AEM, Simonetta di Pippo, Director UNOOSA, Dr Carlos Nobre, Brazil, Dr James H Crocker, Lockheed Martin Corp.

 Academy Day in Jerusalem
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 Academy Day in Jerusalem

The IAA Academy Day was held in Jerusalem, Israel on Sunday 11 October 2015. At this occasion IAA Press releases on awards and new members were published. Newly elected members 2015 were inducted during the IAA Award Dinner.

IAA Academy Day Jerusalem 2015

IAA Academy Day participants, October 11, 2015, Jerusalem, Israel

 Conferences to come

09-12 November 2015, 6th CSA-IAA Conference on Space Technology Innovation, Shanghai, China
30 November-05 December 2015, 3rd IAA Conference on University Satellites Missions & CubeSat Workshop, Roma, Italy
The next IAA Planetary Defense Conference will be held in Tokyo, Japan in 2017

 The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), has elected new members 2015, many of whom were inducted on 11 October 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel during an Academy Day Honor Night Dinner.

 Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure in Romania

The 4th IAA Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure took place on 06-07 August, 201506-07 August, 201506-07 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.

Mamaia Conference 2015 participants

4th IAA Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure, New Trends and Threats
Conference participants, Mamaia, Romania

 Future of Space Exploration in Italy

The 9th IAA Symposium on The Future of Space Exploration - Towards New Global Programmes took place on 07-09 July, 201509 July, 2015 in Torino, Italy.

 Human in Space in Czech Republic

The 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.

Human in Space Symposium 2015

Human in Space 2015 Symposium participants, Prague, Czech Republic

 Space Flight Safety in Russia

The 2nd IAA Space Flight Safety Symposium took place on  29 June - 03rd July, 2015 in 29 June - 03rd July, 2015Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

 Low-Cost Planetary conference in Germany

The 11th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Mission Conference took place on 09-11 June, 2015 09-11 June, 201509-11 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.


IAA LCPM 2015 in Berlin


11th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Mission Conference 2015 in Berlin, Germany

-11 June, 2015 11th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Mission Conference, Berlin, Germany

Space Technologies conference in Ukraine

The 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’. 

Conference in Ukraine

5th IAA Conference on Space Technologies - Present and Future, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

 Regional Meeting in USA

A 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.
Olivier Contant, Jean-Michel Contant, Susan Smrekar, Elon Musk and Matthew Schaefer


IAA Regional Meeting in El Segundo

Olivier Contant, Jean-Michel Contant, Susan Smrekar, Elon Musk and Matthew Schaefer

 Climate Change & Disaster Management Conference in India

The International 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 (see pictures of the Conference). 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.

Opening Ceremony of Climate Change and Disaster Management Conference

Opening Ceremony of Climate Change and Disaster Management Conference, 26 February 2015, Thiruvananthapuram, India. Dr Madhavan Nair President IAA, India, during welcome address, Dr Jean-Yves Le Gall, President CNES, France, Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary MoES, India, Sri. Justice P. Sathasivam, Honourable Governor of Kerala, India, Dr Tanja Masson Swaan, President IISL, Netherlands, Dr K.R. Sridhara Murthy, Vice-President IISL, India and Dr Jean-Michel Contant, Secretary General IAA, France.

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).

Round Table during Climate Change and Disaster Management Conference

Round Table during Climate Change and Disaster Management Conference, 26 February 2015, Thiruvananthapuram, India. Dr. Mendietta, Head of the Mexican Space Agency, Dr. Madhavan Nair, President IAA, Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, President CNES - French Space Agency, Dr. Tanja Masson Swaan, President IISL, Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, Secretary General IAA and Dr. Marius Piso, Head of the Romanian Space Agency.




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