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 4th IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions and CubeSat Workshop, 04-07 December 2017, Roma, ItalyThe 4th IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions and CubeSat Workshop took place on 04-07 December 2017 in Roma, Italy. The event, organized by GAUSS Srl under the aegis of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), gathered many participants from all around the world belonging to the Space academic, scientific and industry domains. During this forum, high level speakers have presented scientific and technical Papers on the Microsatellites related field, sharing their knowledge on the several aspects of the small satellite missions and the CubeSats community. IAA Secretary General Dr. Jean-Michel Contant – member of the Program Committee - gave the Opening Lecture and co-chaired the Conference with Professor Filippo Graziani (GAUSS President and IAA member) and other experts. The program was organized into Invited Lectures and Technical Sessions structured according to the following Topics: Launch Opportunities, Payload, Space Mission Analysis and Design, Attitude Control, Space Debris, PoquetCubes, CubeSats Subsystems and New Perspectives. An IAA Regional Meeting and Guided Tours were also organized during the Conference days.

4th IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions and CubeSat Workshop participants, Roma, Italy
 IAA Regional Meeting, December 5, 2017, Roma, ItalyAn IAA Regional Meeting was held on December 5, 2017 in Roma, Italy. Secretary General Dr. Jean-Michel Contant gave the opening speech followed by an introduction by Regional Secretary Prof. Antonio Viviani and a lecture “This star as a tail, which makes it very beautiful... The Rosetta mission” by Academician Prof. Amalia Ercoli Finzi. Meeting participants gathered in a gala dinner with an induction of newly elected members: Prof. Mohamed Argoun, full Member for Section 1 on Basic Sciences, Prof. Paolo Gaudenzi, corresponding member for Section 2 on Engineering Sciences, Prof. Giampiero Naletto, corresponding member for Section 1 on Basic Sciences, and Dr. Chantal Cappelletti, full Member for Section 2 on Engineering Sciences.

Prof. Mohamed Argoun, Prof. Paolo Gaudenzi, Prof. Giampiero Naletto, Prof. Amalia Ercoli Finzi, Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, Dr. Chantal Cappelletti, and Prof. Antonio Viviani.
 21st IAA Humans in Space Symposium, 27-30 November 2017, Shenzhen, ChinaThe 21st IAA Humans in Space Symposium took place on 27-30 November 2017 in Shenzhen, China. Many participants gathered on this occasion and discussed the future challenges related to human spaceflights. The program was scheduled with a total of 14 regular technical sessions and more than 120 papers presented. There was also a dedicated Astronaut session. A gala dinner with an induction ceremony of newly elected Academicians was organized during the conference.

Astronauts, VIP participants and organizers at the opening ceremony of the IAA 21st Humans in Space Symposium on November 27, 2017
 7th IAA-CSA Conference on Space Technology Innovation, November 23-24, 2017, Shanghai, ChinaThe Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA) and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) have successfully co-organized the 7th Conference on Space Technology Innovation held on November 23-24, 2017 in Shanghai, China. The conference focussed on the theme of how advanced space technology benefits human society, discuss related topics of space development, and further promote the international cooperation.  Several different topics were discussed like satellite technology, satellite applications, commercialization of satellite applications, and international cooperation and policies.

IAA newly elected members in Shanghai, China
 Prof. Riccardo Bevilacqua, 2017 IAA newly elected CM 2The 1st IAA Conference on Space Situational Awareness (ICSSA) took place in Orlando, Florida, USA on November 13-15, 2017. Many participants from 16 different countries and 17 US states gathered at this event. The conference covered broad-ranging technical and policy related aspects associated with the topic of Space Situational Awareness (SSA). Final program is now available online. Prof. Riccardo Bevilacqua received his 2017 IAA newly-elected diploma presented by Secretary-General Jean-Michel Contant at this occasion.

Dr. Jean-Michel Contant with Prof. Riccardo Bevilacqua, 2017 newly-elected Corresponding Member, Engineering Sciences Section.
 IAA Conference on Space Situational Awareness (ICSSA), 13-15 November 2017, Orlando

Due to the generous sponsorship from the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of Florida (UF) held the 1st IAA Conference on Space Situational Awareness (ICSSA), in Orlando, Florida. The ICSSA was hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando East-UCF Area, in Orlando, Florida, USA, from November 13th to November 15th 2017. In addition to UF and IAA, we were supported by the University of Arizona, the Ohio State University, Texas A&M, and the University of Central Florida (UCF). Program and Schedule are available.

ICSSA 2017 Orlando Conference participants
IAA Newly Elected Members 2017 in Adelaide, Australia
Many IAA new members were inducted on September 24, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia, during the Academy Day Honor Night Dinner. IAA awards were also given at this occasion: IAA von Karman award 2017 was given to Dr. Stamatios M. Krimigis. IAA Laurels for team achievement award 2017 was given to the IKAROS team represented by Dr. Yuichi Tsuda, Dr. Takayuki Yamamoto, Dr. Osamu Mori and Dr. Junichiro Kawaguchi. IAA Engineering Sciences Section Award 2017 was given to Dr. Seishiro Kibe. IAA Social Sciences Section Award 2017 was given to Dr. Rhoda S. Hornstein. The program of the Academy Day Adelaide is available.

IAA newly elected ceremony, Adelaide, Australia
1st IAA North East Asia Symposium on Small Satellites, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
The 1st IAA North East Asia Symposium on Small Satellites - titled "Serving the Needs for the Benefits of the Region" - took place in Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar from August 21-23, 2017. Initiated by IAA academician Dr. M. Saandar on behalf of the Mongolian small satellite community the symposium was organized by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), hosted and supported by the Mongolian Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (MSPRS), the Mongolian Academy of Sciences (MAS) and MonMap Engineering Services as well as promoted by the Mongolian Ministry of Education, Culture, Sciences and Sports (MECSS), the National University of Mongolia (NUM), the Asian Association of Remote Sensing (AARS) and the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).

Ulaanbaatar 2017 conference participants
IAA Situation Report on Space Debris - 2016
The IAA study group 5.14 has published its final report: "IAA Situation Report on Space Debris - 2016", published in August 2017, 169 pages. This fifth report on orbital debris sponsored by the IAA is being issued at a time when so many aspects of the space environment are changing. There are an increasing number of countries operating in space; a more diverse suite of satellites and launchers and an influx of commercial investment into current and future space operations. Unfortunately, in addition to the enhanced benefits that these systems provide mankind, there is also more orbital debris threatening the new activities in space. This situation report has been written to provide a comprehensive, yet concise, coverage for the nontechnical reader of the many dimensions of orbital debris. As a result of the complex measurements and modeling across a diverse range of topics, the most up to date information is systematically provided across the “Situation Report”. This fact highlights the multi-disciplinary, international dimensions of the community collaborating to identify, characterize, and manage risks posed by orbital debris. It is also critical to understand that this “Situation Report” format was specifically selected to avoid having to make recommendations for research or action. This report primarily provides a snapshot of the important dimensions of space debris upon which mission- and country-specific recommendations may be based. To access the report, please visit the Space Debris Committee webpage.
12th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference
The 12th Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference (LCPM-12) was held at the California Institute of Technology, on August 15-17, 2017. The three-day conference had 113 registered attendees from eight countries (United States, France, Japan, Israel, United Kingdom, Peru, Germany, Mexico), and consisted of 68 oral presentations spanning three days, a three-hour poster and networking reception, and a conference banquet. The focus of LCPM-12 was on small and/or lowcost planetary missions, defined to be on the scale of the NASA Discovery/ESA Cosmic Vision Small (S) Class and smaller, including SmallSats and CubeSats. The conference was intended to be an opportunity for scientists, technologists, engineers and project and agency managers to exchange ideas and information to enhance the viability and science return of low-cost robotic missions. Several VIPs were in attendance at the conference, including Dr. Jakob van Zyl, Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Exploration Directorate, and David Schurr, Deputy Director of the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Pierre Bousquet, Head of Planetary Science at CNES, and Professor Hitoshi Kuninaka of JAXA-ISAS, Project Manager of the Hayabusa2 Asteroid Explorer mission. 
IAA Regional Meeting in Pasadena, August 15 2017
The LCPM-12 conference held a banquet dinner at the Caltech Athenaeum, in conjunction with an IAA regional meeting and awards ceremony on August 15, 2017. Prior to dinner, brief words were made by Gregg Vane of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Scott Fouse of Lockheed Martin, highlighting the relationship between the IAA and the LCPM conference series, as well as the ongoing role of low-cost missions in space portfolios. Following dinner, new members of the IAA were inducted, and recent IAA members received their membership certificates in a ceremony led by Dr. Otfrid Liepack of JPL and Dr. Ed Stone of Caltech. Those inducted included: • Robert Green, CM1 • Frank Webb, CM1 • Janis Chodas, CM2 • Hitoshi Kuninaka, CM2 • Gustavo Medina Tanco, CM4 • Rosaly Lopes, M1 • Robert Pappalardo, M1 • Hajime Yano, M1.

Regional Secretary Dr. Otfrid Liepack, former IAA President Dr. Ed Stone and newly elected Full Member 2017 Dr.  Rosaly M.C. Lopes (Basic Sciences Section)
6th IAA Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure
The 6th IAA Conference on Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure took place on August 03-04, 2017 in Mamaia, Romania. The event was organised by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) together with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and this year’s edition was “Disruptive innovation and critical space infrastructure”. When it comes to the functioning of advanced societies, the increasing dependence on certain space systems places them firmly in the area of critical infrastructure, whose disruption or destruction would generate lasting damage. In this context, the aim of the event was to bring space experts at the same table and build a common rationale and straightforward understanding of the ways in which short and long-term space-related action should be framed for the benefit of all actors involved. Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso, President of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) and IAA Trustee gave the opening presentation of the conference and moderated one of the three conference sessions on the larger theme of Disruptive innovation and critical space infrastructure. Session 1: Space Systems as Critical Infrastructure, Session 2: Mega-constellations, Nano-satellites, Nano-launchers and Session 3: Persistent communication and surveillance systems, orbital bodies removal.
4th IAA Symposium on Space Flight Safety
The 4th IAA Symposium on Space Flight Safety was held in St. Petersburg, Russia on 03-05 July 2017.  Several topics were discussed during the Symposium such as Fire safety of Space vehicles, Protection of Space structures from space debris collisions and micrometeoroids, Safety at launch place and during takeoff, Propulsion systems, Radiation hazards and safety, and Supercomputer predictive modeling for ensuring Space program safety.
IAA Torino Conference
The 10th IAA Symposium on The Future of Space Exploration - Towards the Moon Village & Beyond was held in Torino, Italy on 27-29 June 2017. This three-days International Symposium on the future of Space Exploration was organized by the International Academy of Astronautics and Politecnico di Torino. Program and papers are now available on the conference website.

Torino 2017 Conference dinner partiipants
3rd IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems
Leading world experts of space flight mechanics gathered in Moscow, Russia at the occasion of the 3rd IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems. DYCOSS 2017 took place at the RUDN University from May 30 to June 1st, 2017. Participants from 18 countries including USA, China, Canada, Great Britain, Brazil, Italy, France and Israel, met to share experience in practical solution of space research issues within 8 technical sessions.

Moscow DYCOSS 2017 conference participants
Global Satellite System for monitoring and forecasting of the Earth seismic activity
The IAA study group 1.8 has published its final report: "Global Satellite System for monitoring and forecasting of the Earth seismic activity", published in May 2017, 131 pages. The Cosmic Study shows that Ionosphere precursors of increasing seismic activity are still difficult to identify and even theory of seismic-ionosphere need to be elaborated. As a consequence the Cosmic Study calls for research to verify hypotheses concerning mechanisms of the seismo-ionosphere link. The data of the atmosphere and ionosphere were analyzed and the need of a constellation was elaborated to allow permanent measurements and the IAA Cosmic Study concludes on a call for cooperation to make the constellation fully international.
6th IAA Conference on Space Technologies - Present and Future
The 6th IAA Conference on Space Technologies - Present and Future was held in Yuzhnoye State Design Office from May 23 to May 26, 2017 in Dnepr, Ukraine. More than 450 scientists and specialists from 20 countries attended the conference. 290 presentations were heard and discussed during 6 subject sessions and 11 more - during a plenary session.

Dnepr 2017 Conference participants
IAA Planetary Defense Conference 2017
More than 200 participants attended the 5th IAA Planetary Defense Conference, in Tokyo, Japan from 15 to 19 May 2017. Conference program is available on the conference website. The conference included a hypothetical NEO/Earth impact event scenario. Live streaming was available.

Tokyo PDC 2017 conference participants
IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation
The 11th International Academy of Astronautics Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation, held on 24-27 April 2017 in Berlin, Germany, was attended by more than 250 representatives from across the industry, government, and academic institutions of 37 countries. The symposium was opened by a motivating keynote address, followed by not only a rich technical program with more than 60 paper presentations across 15 sessions, two poster sessions comprised of nearly 50 summaries, but also an exhibition with a wide array of system and subsystem offerings needed for developing small satellite missions, launch accommodation, ground services, and information processing. 

Berlin 2017 conference participants
7th European Conference on Space Debris
More than 350 scientists, engineers, managers and operators of space infrastructure from industry and universities, in addition to decision-makers from the world's leading space-faring nations, gathered from 18 to 21 April 2017 for the 7th European Conference on Space Debris at ESA‘s European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt. The conference, which takes place every four years, is one of the largest and most significant gatherings of its kind in the world. The conference was opened by ESA Director General Jan Woerner and with an introduction by Dr. Holger Krag, Head of ESA Space Debris Office. Keynote by NASA’s former orbital debris chief scientist Donald Kessler. Several topics were addressed like the current practice in implementing debris avoidance measures, novel concepts for the active removal of debris, the deployment of large constellations of several thousand satellites for telecommunications, the proliferation of small satellites, CubeSats and nanosatellite swarms, megaconstellations, active removal and European efforts toward space situational awareness and surveillance, measurements and modelling, atmospheric reentry survival and the risk on the ground, and hypervelocity impacts in space.

Darmstadt 2017 conference participants
IAA Latin American Symposium on Small Satellites: Advanced Technologies and Distributed Systems
The 1st International Academy of Astronautics Latin American Symposium on Small Satellites: Advanced Technologies and Distributed Systems was successfully held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 07-10, 2017. There was 14 technical sessions and also poster sessions. Topics discussed during the symposium were on Small Satellites worldwide: achievements and trends; Small Satellites in Latin America: achievements and trends; Ongoing and projected Small Satellite projects with Latin American participation; Segmented architecture and Distributed Instruments; Small Satellite technologies.

Buenos Aires 2017 conference participants
IAA Newly Elected 2016 in Paris - 20 March 2017
More than 130 Academicians and their guests attended the IAA Dinner Award Ceremony on Monday 20 March 2017 in Paris, France. Newly elected members were inducted by IAA President P. Jankowitsch, 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: Irina Farquhar, Matthias Hetscher, Karen S. McBride, Yuichiro Nogawa, Keyur C. Patel and Vladimir Prokhorovich (Engineering Sciences Section), Irina Shumilina and Jack J.W.A. Van Loon (Life Sciences Section), Blaine Baggett, Michaela Gitsch and Michalis Michael (Social Sciences Section). The following Academicians were inducted as IAA Full Members:  Mengu Cho, Edward Crawley, Christian Heipke, Bernard Zappoli (Engineering Sciences Section),  Gerd Gruppe (Life Sciences Section), Phedon Phedonos (Social Sciences Section). At this occasion, Dieter Blottner and Michele Salanova received the IAA Life Sciences book award; Volker Gass and Claude Nicollier received the IAA Social Sciences book award.

Newly elected award ceremony dinner, Paris, France
A Memorandum of Understanding was established between the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) in order to establish long term cooperation. The MOU was signed by the IAA President Peter Jankowitsch and the ISPRS President Christian Heipke on March 20, 2017 in Paris, France at IAA Headquarters. The IAA, as a society composed of high level elected space experts recognized by their peers, and the ISPRS as a society composed of high level members devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications intend to develop jointly, coordinate or cross exchange information and programs for mutual benefit.

Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, IAA Secretary General, Dr. Christian Heipke, ISPRS President, Dr. Peter Jankowitsch, IAA President and Dr. Rainer Sandau, IAA Technical Director.
IAA Laurels 2016 - Horizons Pluto Mission
The International Academy of Astronautics has created in 2001 a special Award to recognize extraordinary performance and achievement by a team of scientists, engineers and managers in the field of Astronautics. The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2016 ceremony took place on 05 January 2017 at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, USA. At this occasion, the New Horizons Pluto Mission team received the Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2016.

The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2016 ceremony (New Horizons Pluto Mission), 5 January 2017, the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, USA. From the left to the right:
C. Hersman, APL, A. Calloway, APL, SM Krimigis, APL, Y. Guo, APL, J. Green, NASA HQ, Director of the Planetary Science Division of the Science Mission Directorate, M. Holdridge, APL, H. Weaver, APL, V. Mallder, APL (holding open IAA certificate)
JM Contant, IAA, GH. Fountain, APL, A Bowman, APL, RL McNutt, Jr., APL, A. Ocampo, NASA HQ, MG Ryschkewitsch, APL  (Space Exploration Sector Head) C. Neibur, NASA HQ

IAA Cosmic Study on energetic particle radiation
The IAA study group 1.5 has published its final report: "The Energetic Particle Radiation Hazard en route to and at Mars". Published in March 2017, 403 pages. We understand today that the potential health hazard posed to crews in deep space due to energetic particle radiation is a matter of even greater complexity than was recognized in earlier times. Scientists, Engineers and Biologists worldwide are presently investigating, in many interdisciplinary communities the problems concerned using new avenues of approach, backed up by powerful diagnostic tools, in an attempt to find a viable solution. The outcome of these multidisciplinary approaches will decide if the vulnerability of the human body will ultimately confine humanity to the cradle of Mother Earth or if, rather, mankind can indeed in future populate distant environments.
IAA Cosmic Study on Regional Cooperation in Space
The IAA study group 5.11 has published its final report: "Global Perspectives on Regional Cooperation in Space: Policies, Governance & Legal Tools ". Published in March 2017, 269 pages. This IAA Cosmic Study focuses on four geographic regions: the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific. The majority of the contributions emphasizes the present status of regional cooperation, and makes recommendations for enhanced collaboration as well as areas for future study and collaboration.
IAA Call for hosting conferences
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