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8th IAA Symposium, Turin, Italy

International Academy of Astronautics
8th IAA Symposium on the Future of Space Exploration: Towards the Stars
July 03-05, 2013
Turin, Italy

A Summit Follow-on Symposium


Provisional program is available.


A new three-days International Symposium on the future of Space Exploration will be organized by the International Academy of Astronautics and Politecnico di Torino on 03 – 05 July 2013. The symposium will take place at the Politecnico di Torino, Lingotto Campus, via Nizza 230, Torino, Italy.


The goals of this new symposium on the human and robotic exploration beyond the Moon are more ambitious than ever. Thanks to a renewed commitment of the International Academy of Astronautics, the areas of interest have been widened and a larger attendance is expected. To allow all authors to present their papers at ease, the possibility of presenting some papers in parallel sessions is considered.
The aim is 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 are welcome, and papers dealing with advanced concepts and new ideas are encouraged. The lessons learned and role of the International Space Station as a stepping stone to space exploration is also warmly solicited.
Results from this symposium will be presented to the next Heads of Space Agencies Summit organized by the IAA in January 2014 in Washington DC.

Papers were solicited in priority on:

In order to prepare input for the IAA Heads of Space Agencies Summit to be held in January 2014 in Washington DC, USA, a particular focus will be made on the Summit follow-on priorities of the Academy in:

- Planetary Robotic Exploration:

•    Priority 1    Extend Human Spaceflight Exploration via Robotic Exploration
Seek ways to apply robotic explorers to further pave the way for expanded human exploration through attainment of critical knowledge of relevant destinations and/or validation of technologies required for human exploration
•    Priority 2    Develop Opportunities for International Collaboration
Expand efforts to work together to achieve the next leap in understanding of our Solar System and to pave the way for human exploration
•    Priority 3    Develop Opportunities for International Collaboration
Strive to make available opportunities for international collaboration such as through shared science teams and science instruments, in ways that do not compromise the host agency’s primary goals for their individual space missions

- Human Space Exploration:

•    Priority 1    Support Human Space Exploration in Low Earth Orbit
Acknowledge the need of maintaining human space exploration in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and of extending it in a stepwise approach to those destinations where humans may one day live and work, e.g. Moon, Near Earth Objects… through building on a carefully planned series of robotic precursor missions.
•    Priority 2    Develop Enabling Technologies to Support Grand Challenges
Welcome the development of enabling technologies required to achieve exploration goals, while recognizing the fact that these technologies can also be used in supporting pathways to assist in resolving some of the grand challenges the world is facing, such as energy and environmental issues.
•    Priority 3    Strengthen Cooperation between New and Emerging Space Faring Nations
Invite new and emerging space faring nations to cooperate in Human Spaceflight activities in view of the benefits involved and in order to ensure that this becomes a global endeavor

Papers are solicited in the following areas

•    Technology
Propulsion systems Power generation
Trajectory design
Attitude dynamics
Navigation, guidance and control
Very deep space telecommunications
Sensors, detectors and lens systems
Precursor interstellar missions
Nanotechnology and robotics
Innovative concepts
Mission design

•    Science
Scientific objectives and payload requirements
Present outgoing scientific missions
Biosignatures from space
Medical problems of very long range spaceflight

•    Programatics
Cooperation schemes
Funding  aspects
Economic sustainability
Reporting of the ongoing IAA Study Groups

•    Motivations
Motivations and human aspects
Policy and international cooperation
Ideas from science fiction to technology
Space mineral resources
Space resources exploitation

•    Ethics
Ethical aspects of long range exploration
From exploration to colonization
Ethical aspects of terraforming
Robot ethics
Adaptation of humans to new environments

•    Cultural
 Multicultural aspects of human space exploration
 Outreach aspects of Space Exploration

Study Groups of the IAA related to the conference themes are encouraged to present and discuss the status of their activities in view of the upcoming Heads of space agencies to be held in January 2014.


Industrial participants are solicited in view of the short term benefits of the technologies developed for deep space exploration.


The International Academy of Astronautics will provide a number of scholarships, covering mainly registration fees and luncheons for participants and speakers who have financial difficulties in attending such as for instance attendees from African countries.



Max Grimard
Giovanni Vulpetti


Greg Benford                  Catharine Conley
Jean-Michel Contant        Marcello Coradini
Attilio Ferrari                  Giancarlo Genta
Filippo Graziani              Mike Gruntman   
Gerda Horneck               Les Johnson
Lu Yu                            Greg Matloff
Suzan McKenna Lawlor     Ming Li   
Yoshinari Minami            Eberhard Möbius   
Maria Antonietta Perino   Giuseppe Reibaldi
Salvatore Santoli            Yuichi Tsuda
Antonio Viviani               Wu Meirong


Giancarlo Genta


Abstracts of Papers intended for Presentation at the Symposium must be written in English on a single A4 page with the title, author's name affiliation and complete address. Authors are encouraged to send abstracts by e-mail.

Abstracts must be mailed to:

Prof. Giancarlo Genta
Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino
Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24
I-10129 Torino (TO), ITALY
Phone: ++39 011 090 6922
Fax: ++39 011 090 6999

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All intended papers will be examined by an International Scientific Committee.


Submission of abstract                      April 15, 2013
Notification of acceptance                   April 31, 2013
Submission of camera-ready texts      May 31, 2013


The Symposium Fee is 500 €, entitling to receive a copy of the Symposium Proceedings (expected to be available at the symposium). For payments received after May 30, 2013 a surcharge of € 80 will apply.

To register, please use the form below:
Registration form

Online payment is available at:

Official language of the Symposium will be English.
A Program for Accompanying Parties will be arranged, if the number of participants will be sufficient.


You may find here below the web site of the hotels which are close to Lingotto Politecnico conference rooms:


Corso Trento 13
I- 10129 TORINO
Ms. Giusy Spinasanta
Tel: (+39) 011 197424 33
Fax: (+39) 011 197 424 29
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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino.


•    Call for Papers (pdf print version)

To submit an abstract, please download the abstract Word template


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