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International Academy of Astronautics
Heads of Space Agencies Summit on Exploration
Planetary Robotic and Human Spaceflight Exploration
January 09-10, 2014
Washington DC, USA

Space for Humanity


Schedule of Activities

32 Heads of Space Agencies and their delegations gathered, in company with policy makers, government representatives, distinguished scientists, and leading Academicians from all over the world, on January 9 and 10, 2014, in Washington, DC for an unprecedented IAA Heads of Space Agencies Summit on Exploration to follow-on with the 2010 Summit Declaration.  In part with the gathering, renowned leaders from space-faring nations engaged in dialogue on topics of international concern: Planetary Robotic and Human Space Flight Exploration.

In addition, this IAA Summit took place in cooperation and conjunction with the ministerial International Space Exploration Forum, a policy dialogue on space exploration at minister-level hosted for the first time by the US Department of State with Ministers and government representatives from the US and around the world.

The first day, while Ministers gathered for the restricted ministerial conference, the IAA held the pre-Summit Space Exploration Conference on planetary robotic and human spaceflight exploration. 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
The preliminary program is available on this website. The official release of groundbreaking IAA studies from Study Group leaders on exploration topics was also presented.

In the evening, the International Academy of Astronautics had the privilege to commemorate this unique and historic event with a Reception and Gala Dinner that brought together both communities, Ministers and their delegations, Heads of Space Agencies and their delegations as well as government officials, distinguished scientists, Summit participants and special guests.

The second day was the Summit day where Heads of Space Agencies discussed the Summit Declaration follow-on implementations and new fresh ideas on international cooperation. Heads of Space Agencies discussions and roundtables interactively addressed the following exploration topic:
1) The Importance of International Cooperation
2) Space Stations
3) Space Exploration: LEO & Beyond
4) Benefits of Space Exploration

The Heads of Space Agencies Summit concluded with a Press Conference open to international media that announced outcomes on the topics of planetary robotic and human space flight exploration.

Summit program

IAA space exploration conference and Heads of Space Agencies Summit announcement

07:30-08:30 Registration

Amphitheater Foyer

08:30-08:35 Welcome by Dr. G. Madhavan Nair
IAA President

08:35-08:45 Address by Dr. Yasushi Horikawa
Chairman, United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

08:45-08:50 Remarks by Ambassador Judith Garber
Acting Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

08:50-09:00 Address by Dr. Francisco Javier Mendieta-Jiménez
Director General, Agencia Espacial Mexicana

09h15-10h30 Roundtable 1: The Importance of International Cooperation
Moderator: The Honorable Daniel S. Goldin
Chairman, President & CEO, The Intellisis Corporation

Space activities in general and Exploration in particular are one of the best example of effective international cooperation, with countries pooling their skills and resources together to achieve common scientific goals. This approach has made possible many more missions that in case single nations would go alone, leveraging each other’s investments. In the Human Spaceflight, cooperation has represented a transition from its competitive beginnings to one of comprehensive cooperation. International cooperation allows building relationships and diplomatic good will, as well as solidifying political support for space exploration plans. It helps diversifying scientific data, technologies and solutions to address key challenges.

10h30-11h00 Coffee break

11h00-12h15 Roundtable 2: Space Stations
Moderator: Mr. John Elbon
Vice President and General Manager, Space Exploration Division, The Boeing Company

Space Stations are a first step for exploration beyond planet Earth. Space stations and platforms in Low Earth Orbit offer capability to test enabling technologies required for the demanding Exploration missions. Space Stations utilization will offer also unique possibility to advance science in many fields, foster innovation and help in mitigating the global challenges that Humanity is facing. They provide a unique test bed for on--‐orbit research, enabling technologies, Earth observation or Earth sciences. Possible way to engage more new and developing countries should be identified, exploiting their technology niches, in order to prepare their participation, politically and technically, to future complex Exploration missions. The ISS is the perfect example of international cooperation, the use of it also extending much wider than the initial partners as having involved today more than 68 nations. Lessons learned and plans for its utilization in the next years can be used as a model for developing new or extended cooperation in the future.

12:15-13:15 Networking Lunch

13h30-14h45 Roundtable 3: Space Exploration: Low Earth Orbit & Beyond
Moderator: Mr. Clayton Mowry
President, Arianespace Inc.

LEO, with its proximity to the Earth, is the first step for human exploration beyond LEO. In support of future exploration missions LEO missions now include research on human health for long duration flights in harsh conditions and testing technologies to be used for missions going beyond. Several nations have already moved beyond LEO in their robotic exploration programs. In order to expand into broader areas of human exploration, synergies must be examined between the robotic and human spaceflight programs. Future exploration missions will most likely lead with robotic craft providing an awareness of the environment followed by human to accomplish in depth exploration and analysis. In all areas the robotic and human spaceflight communities will work in concert. As nations advance from LEO to missions beyond, those missions will be in the form of stepping stones, missions of increasing distance and technical complexity and scientific ambition which allow the demonstration of new capabilities and systems in thoughtful, measured progress. Already many nations are working together to discuss and define various missions and new capabilities for complex exploration missions. More and more nations can be expected to join these discussions in order to accomplish these complex and fascinating missions.

14h45-15h15 Coffee break

15h15-16h30 Roundtable 4: The Benefits of Space Exploration
Moderator: Dr. Ray O. Johnson
Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Exploration missions will develop a large number of autonomous technologies that will obviously benefit other fields of science with exciting applications on Earth (geology, meteorology, climatology, biology, healthcare, etc.) and will also catalyze the attention of the young generations towards science and engineering. Hence, education will have the biggest positive fall out of a successful exploration effort. A global effort of exploration may become the ground for establishing long lasting and productive interactions and collaborations among countries that would otherwise feel excluded from the major technological developments. Widespread access to technology will facilitate social evolution in emerging countries and refocus their strategic interest from local to global goals. The efforts required to maintain human outpost outside our planet will be obvious examples of how space technology may open the way to a well balanced, hence sustainable, utilization of scarce resources. Furthermore, space exploration may open the way to the discovery of new resources that may sustain the social/economical development of our world. The past 50 years of space exploration have yielded valuable benefits to humanity. This theme could touch upon some historic benefits that are especially relevant today, especially as it relates to technology that is intertwined with our daily lives and commerce.

16h30-16h45 Closing remarks
Dr. Jean-Michel Contant
IAA Secretary General

17:00-18:00 Summit Press Conference


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