Private Human Access to Space

Symposium on Private Human Access to Space, 28-30 May 2008, Arcachon, France

The Symposium aims at addressing all topics related to the “Space Transportation of Passengers on a Commercial Basis”.The overall goal is to identify and quantify the key topics associated to Private Human Access to Space for both Orbital and Sub-orbital missions:
The Symposium will deal with the major technical features of the conceivable solu-tions, providing the participants with a good understanding of the technical credibility of the currently on-going proposals,
The Symposium will address the legal and regulatory aspects, on both certification and safety aspects of commercial Human space flight; current limitation swill be identified and future actions will be proposed,
The Symposium will deal with the financial aspects associated to the development of Private Access to Space, mainly in terms of overall evaluation of development cost,the operational costs, associated business plans and financing schemes,
The Symposium will identify the motivations of the potential customers in order to consolidate the foreseen market, and associated customers requirements linked to this new branch of Access to Space,
The Symposium will deal with the constraints associated to Human flights in the frame of commercial initiatives, mainly the physiological aspects, psycho-logical ones, and ergonomic constraints,
The Symposium will deal with ground infrastructures, future spaceports,space tourism bases together with associated services such as side activities,entertainment. 

The International Academy for Astronautics has the ambition of making this Symposium a key focal point for all partners interested in the subject, researchers, industrials,entrepreneurs, space companies, agencies, universities, government representatives, associations, academies...The conference will propose outstanding communications on all those topics, but will also reserve time for networking and fruitful exchange among all delegates .A special attention will be given to students in order to guarantee presence of fresh blood who will undertake in near future the dreams of older skeptics...

The International Academy of Astronautics IAA has undertaken the preparation of a Position Paper related to “Private Human Access to Space”. Commission III (Space Technology and System Development) and Commission V (Space Policy, Legal and Economic Aspects) have tasked a dedicated Study Group to fulfil this action: your exchanges and presentations during the conference will serve this project.

Papers will be presented in English .Simultaneous translation facilities will not be available.

Please note that a significant exhibit can be organized in the main lobby of the conference center.


Preliminary Programme

-- Current projects for sub-orbital or orbital vehicles, space hotel. Extension to future ideas (V-Prize, micro-gravity). Technical aspects and Technical topics
Garrett Smith, Airbus, chairman of the 3AF Space Tourism Commission 
Max Calabro, Inner Arch, former head of propulsion department in Astrium Space Transportation, IAA

-- Legal, Insurance, Certification, Regulatory aspects
Mireille Couston, University of Lyon 3, Head of Space Laws Center  
Richard Crowther, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory 

-- Medical, including Psychologicals and Ergonomics
Melchor J. Antuñano, Director, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, FAA
Francis Winisdoerffer, Airbus, Professor at Strate College

-- Market analysis, Business plan, Financing
Dave Salt, Vega group, European Space Agency 
Alain Dupas, Collège de Polytechnique 

-- Societal aspects, Motivation, Rationale for the Business
Walter Peeters, Dean of ISU, International Space University 
Patrick Eymar, N4E, former head of future projects at Astrium ST 

-- Reliability, Safety, Risk Analysis
Manola Romero, ONERA, IAA 
Max Grimard, Head of Business Development, Astrium, IAA 

-- Ground Infrastructures
Philippe Droneau, Deputy Director, Toulouse Cité de l'Espace 
Derek Webber, Spaceport Associates 

Key dates
Registration form is available.

Hotel accommodation form is available.

All the papers and presentations will be distributed to all registered participants shortly after the Symposium. A special issue of Acta Astronautica will be devoted to the conference.


Rates for Conference Participation

Delegates -------------------------------------------------------------- 680 €, HT
Speakers, chairpersons ------------------------------------------------ 350 €, HT
Students --------------------------------------------------------------- 350 €, HT
All rates excluding VAT.  

A 19,6 % VAT according to French regulation is applied to those rates.

Rates include:
Participation to 3 days conference, 6 coffee breaks, 3 lunches, participation to dinner conference (1 dinner), abstracts summary, conference proceedings.


Palais des Congrès d’Arcachon,
Boulevard Veyrier Montagnères
33120 Arcachon – France

(3/4 hour drive from Bordeaux International Airport)

Jean François BELON  

Avantage Aquitaine,
42 rue de Tauzia, 33 800 Bordeaux, France
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