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as of November 29, 2018

 IAA Academy Day Beijing 2018On November 16th, 2018, the IAA Academy Day was successfully held in China Science and Technology Hall, Beijing. This event was organized by IAA Studies Center and co-organized by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT). IAA Vice President LIU Jiyuan, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) Vice President ZHANG Zhongyang, Von-Karman Award winner and former ESA Administrator Jean-Jacques DORDAIN, CASC’s Science and Technology Committee Director BAO Weimin, Japan IHI Aerospace Corporation President Shigeki KINAI presented at the event. More than 80 IAA members and space experts from CASC, CASIC, Japan IHI Aerospace Corporation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Satellite Environment Center of Ministry of Environmental Protection, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Peking University, Beijing Institute of Technology and other related universities and aerospace enterprises attended. WANG Yiran, Director of IAA Studies Center and Vice President and Secretary General of the Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA) chaired the event. The IAA Newly-Elected Induction Ceremony was chaired by XU Tong, Deputy Executive Director of IAA Studies Center. Mrs. XU introduced the 2018 election, the Von-Karman Award and Laurels for Team Achievements Award. Then, Vice President LIU Jiyuan and BOT member Shigeki KINAI jointly issued certificates for the present newly-elected academicians.
 1st IAA SciTech Forum Moscow 2018The 1st IAA SciTech Forum took place in Moscow, Russia on November 13-15, 2018. Many participants and Academicians gathered in Moscow to follow and contribute to the Highlight lectures, to the Technical sessions, and to the 2 round-tables on "Legal Aspects Ensuring Safety of International Space Activities" and on "Moon village Association – Facilitating Broad International Cooperation". The Opening Ceremony began with talks presented by First Vice-Rector of RUDN University Dr. Nur Kirabaev and Secretary General of International Academy of Astronautics Dr. Jean-Michel Contant. The final program consisted of more than 85 of high-quality presentations and 13 highlight lectures, that were organized in two parallels conferences and five thematic sessions in each conference. Newly Elected Academicians were also inducted at this occasion. Conference report, General program and Technical program are available.
Acta Astronautica Journal
New articles are available for Acta Astronautica, Journal of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), volume 152, Pages 1-920, November 2018.

The journal Acta Astronautica covers developments in space science technology related to peaceful scientific exploration of space and its exploitation for human welfare and progress, the conception, design, development and operation of space-borne and Earth-based systems. In addition to the regular issues of contributed papers and transaction notes, the journal publishes selected proceedings from IAA conferences.
IAA Academician John Sommerer
Dr. John C. Sommerer, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, Engineering Sciences section, passed away on October 1st, 2018.
At the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), he headed both its Research Center and its Space Department and he was APL Senior Fellow for National Space Policy. He was responsible for executing NASA’s MESSENGER mission to Mercury, New Horizons mission to Pluto, Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission to explore the Van Allen Belts, and Solar Probe mission to explore the Sun’s outer atmosphere. He contributed to Key technological advances in missile defense, homeland security and information security that affect all Americans. He has made fundamental contributions to nonlinear physics as well as technologies used in spacecraft and engineering applications.
 Scientific and Technological Experiments on Automatic Space Vehicles & Small Satellites (SPEXP)The 4th International Conference on Scientific and Technological Experiments on Automatic Space Vehicles and Small Satellites (SPEXP) took place on 04-06 September 2018 in Samara, Russia. Many topics were discussed during the conference like the results of scientific and technological experiments conducted under microgravity conditions on spacecraft and small satellites. Scientific and technological experiments proposed to be conducted on spacecraft and small satellites. Study of space environment factors and their influence on scientific and technological experiments. Opportunities and experience of organizing and conducting piggyback launches and space experiments provided by Russian and foreign space agencies. Problems of organizing and conducting international scientific and educational space projects, including using the opportunities provided by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs. Oportunities and examples of use of micro/nano-satellites to conduct scientific and technological experiments. Technologies for conducting experiments on automatic spacecraft and small satellites. Projects of nanosatellites (including standard CubeSat) and their groups orientated on the development of new technologies and experiments in space. Problem of space education and human capacity-building in space science and technology, including for developing countries.
 IAA Academy Day Pasadena 2018IAA Academy Day took place on July 14, 2018 in Pasadena, California, USA at the occasion of the COSPAR Congress. Scientific program of the Academy Day is available. Speakers were Ralph L. McNutt. Jr., Rainer Sandau, Karl-Heinz Glassmeier, Susan McKenna-Lawlor, Guenther Reitz, Robert T. Pappalardo, Claire Vallat, Claudio Maccone, Bernard Foing and Arthur M. Dula. The Pasadena Academy Day was followed by an IAA Awards Dinner & Induction Ceremony for newly elected members.
IAA Academician Elisabeth Back-Impallomeni
Prof. Elisabeth Back-Impallomeni, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, Social Sciences section, since 1999, passed away on 29 June 2018. She was a Professor of International Law and Organization, at the University of Padua, Italy and a Lawyer, expert in Austrian and German law. She has trained both industrial leaders, insurance executives and lawyers currently involved in space law programs, projects and activities. She was the Chair of the IAA Commission 5 - Space Policies, Law & Economics in 2013 and was leading Academy activity in many program committees of IAA Symposia. We will miss a great expert and a friend of the Academy. She will remain an example of courage and dynamism for the young generations. We will all miss her.
IAA Cosmic Study on Space Traffic Management
The IAA study group 5.15 has published its final report: Space Traffic Management - Towards a Roadmap for Implementation, Published in June 2018, 156 pages. This study revisits the topic of Space Traffic Management (STM) with the purpose of providing an updated inter-disciplinary context and of supporting decision-making in the global community. In 2006, the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) took on the task of conducting a first study on STM (the “Cosmic Study”), then kick-starting a process of discussion of STM as a means to effectively deal with the increasing challenges space actors face. More than a decade later, this new study draws from the extensive academic work and policy-making activities carried out since the “Cosmic Study”. Its purpose is to revisit and adjust the concept of STM to current advancements in space activities as well as to geopolitical developments. In addition to presenting a more coherent and robust concept of STM, the study discusses the potential of STM to influence or shape the evolution of the legal and regulatory framework for space activities. 
DYCOSS 2018 participants
The 4th IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems (DyCoSS 2018) was held on 21-23 May 2018 in Changsha, China. Topics discussed at the conference were Satellite constellations and formation flying, Spacecraft guidance, navigation and control, Attitude dynamics and control, Space mission design and optimization, Orbital dynamics and orbital determination, Space structures of tethers, Attitude sensors and actuators and Optimal control in space flight dynamics. Keynote speakers were Arun K. Misra, Bong Wie, Guang Meng, Filippo Graziani, Xiaoqian Chen, Eberhard Gill and Lin Liu.
Dr. Patricia M. Sterns
Dr. Patricia M. Sterns, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, Social Sciences section, since 1997, passed away on May 06, 2018 at the age of 66. She was initially elected a corresponding member of the Academy in 1993 and was living in Phoenix, Arizona. The Academy will miss her and would like to extend to her husband Leslie Tennen, Legal Counsel of the Academy, its heartfelt condolences.
IAA study group 3.15 final report
The IAA study group 3.15 has published its final report: Long-term Space Propellant Depot, Published in January 2018, 106 pages.
The adoption of propellant depots in space is being investigated since years as a key enabler of new space missions, promising to have an important impact on the design and operations of future space transportation systems, space exploration missions, and commercial space operations. The objective of this IAA Study is an in-depth assessment of all the aspects related to the design, development and operations of long-term space depots of storable and/or cryogenic propellants in support of the above applications. Due to the innovation of the involved technologies, the need of standardised interfaces, the complexity of the servicing and utilisation scenario and the landscape of target missions involving their utilisation, Space Propellant Depots are ideal candidates for international collaborations to be put in place for their procurement and use. In this respect, a major scope of the IAA study is also to look at the possibilities of international programmes, either institutional or commercial, in support of Long Term Space Propellant Depot concepts.
IAA study group 3.14
The IAA study group 3.14 has published its final report: Public/Private Human Access to Space - Vol. 2 - Earth Orbit and beyond , Published in January 2018, 88 pages.
The chartered theme of the cosmic study group is “Public/Private Human Access to Space,” informally referred to in this report as the “Human Orbital Market” or the “HOM” cosmic study group.  The goal of the HOM cosmic study is to estimate the emergence of HOMs for different countries or regions around the world. This cosmic study employs a five-phase approach that incorporates multiple research methods. Due to the complexity of collecting meaningful data, and the inherent uncertainty of data in emerging markets, a primary focus is put on basic discovery activities (identifying relevant archival and statistical data) and qualitative assessments. The five analysis phases of the HOM cosmic study approach include: • Phase 1. Target Market Assessment: Identifying the specific human orbital space markets being targeted. • Phase 2. Literature Review: Conduct a search of the open, available literature (publicly available, for free or for a fee) of relevant reports and articles. • Phase 3. Entrepreneurial Environment Assessment: Identify relevant political, legal, capital, historical and cultural factors and structures. • Phase 4. National HOM Industry Competitiveness Assessment: Identify the set of industries that comprise, support, or are related to the identified human orbital space markets, using a standardized methodology. • Phase 5. HOM Industry Emergence Assessment: Qualitatively evaluate the likelihood that these industry clusters are sufficient for the eventual natural evolution of human orbital space markets.
IAA study group 4.18
The IAA study group 4.18 has published its final report: Definition and Requirements of Small Satellites Seeking Low-Cost and Fast-Delivery , Published in January 2018, 83 pages.
Objectives of this report are to examine the definitions of small satellites, identify the requirements every satellite should follow regardless of its size or development philosophy and then reflect some of the findings to the draft of ISO-20991, “Space Systems - Requirements for Small Spacecraft”. The standard aims at describing minimum requirements for small satellites to answer the concerns raised over due to the recent explosive growth of small satellite launches. Over the course of the study, intensive discussion was made about how to describe small satellites best. The majority of the opinions was that neither “mass” nor “size” is suitable for defining small satellites. Rather, philosophy of design, manufacturing, mission, program management, etc., should be used for the definition. The study group came to the conclusion that using the term “lean satellite” to reflect satellite development philosophy is more suitable than saying “small satellite”.

 IAA Spring Meetings 2018

IAA spring meetings

IAA spring meetings were held on March 26-27, 2018 in Paris, France. For more detailed information on IAA spring meetings, please see the IAA past list of events.

Newly elected were inducted on Monday 26 March 2018 during the IAA Award Dinner.
Dr. John B. Charles
Dr. John B. Charles, IAA Full Member from Life Sciences Section, is retiring after a 35-year career at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). A graduate of Ohio State University, he earned his doctorate in physiology and biophysics from the University of Kentucky. As a postdoctoral fellow, he began his NASA journey at JSC in 1983 in the medical research branch. He became a civil servant in the cardiovascular laboratory at JSC in 1985. He is retiring as Associate Director of Exploration Research Planning. Prior to that position, Dr. Charles was the Chief Scientist for NASA’s Human Research Program. More information is available on NASA website.
 IAA-Italy-Israel Workshop on Nanosatellite Technologies
The IAA-Italy-Israel Workshop on Nanosatellite Technologies took place on 09-10 April 2018 in Rome, Italy. Nanosatellites and related technologies have been gaining increasing interest in the space sector, due to the numerous possibilities they convey to space missions. Building on the active collaboration between Italy and Israel in the space field, a joint 2-day workshop was held in Rome, Italy. The workshop was sponsored by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), the Israeli Space Agency (ISA) and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). Space systems based on small and Nano platforms, especially if considered in the frame of constellations and formations, are considered very promising form the perspective of enhanced performance of space systems both for scientific missions and for applications.
 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.
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