Heads of Space Agencies Summit Statement


Joint Statement from the Heads of Space Agencies.

Links to SUMMIT and GALA Webpages

The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) hosted landmark Heads of Space Agencies Summit in Washington, D.C. on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

The Summit gathered:

  • 30 heads of space agencies along with 
  • 500+ Academicians, world leaders and experts.

All heads of agencies have welcomed the IAA Summit Declaration and highlighted the need to foster closer international cooperation across four topic areas to strengthen the effectiveness and support of global space activities.

Four studies prepared during the last 10 months were presented on this occasion and are now available:

Final Program
Heads of Space Agencies Final Program.

Heads of Space Agencies Announcement.

Heads of Space Agencies Summit

The Academy, an independent organization, was founded in 1960 by most of the famous space pioneers such as Von Karman, Oberth, Von Braun, Halley, Van Allen, Keldish, Sänger, Draper, Mueller, Gagarin, Armstrong, Aldrin, Sedov, Broglio, Curien, etc. On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, a "Heads of Space Agencies" Summit will be held on 17 November 2010 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington DC with the primary support of Lockheed Martin Corporation and supporting sponsorship from EADS Astrium and Space News.

The IAA Board of Trustees has identified four main topics:  (i) Climate Change / Green Systems, (ii) Disaster Management / Natural Hazards, (iii) Planetary / Lunar Exploration and (iv) Human Spaceflight. The attempt is to reach a broad consensus on international cooperation and coordination at the highest level in those four areas and eventually consider new concrete initiatives of cooperation. It is the Academy intent to avoid any duplication of on-going efforts (e.g., Global Exploration Strategy, Group on Earth Observations) but rather to foster closer and broader international coordination across the four topics areas to strengthen the effectiveness and support of global space activities.

The Space Agencies would agree on Summit Declaration with high-level recommandations under each theme. It comprises only the recommendations that have reached consensus among space agencies and assimilated as such. The draft declaration will be reviewed several times by the space agencies that will provide feedback on what recommendations they agree or suggest. Format: one page.

Summit Management:
In order to prepare the Summit, a Steering Committee addresses program management and logistics.

    Dr. Madhavan Nair, IAA President
    Summit Coordinator:
    Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, IAA Secretary General

    Co-Chair Steering Committee:
    Mrs. Corinne Jorgenson, President, Advancing Space
    Mrs. Mary Snitch, Director, Lockheed Martin Corporation

    Summit Program Manager:
    Mrs. Corinne Jorgenson, President, Advancing Space

    Summit Steering Committee Members:
     Mr. Brian Duffy, Vice President, Space Systems, Lockheed Martin Corporation, USA
    Mr. Max Grimard, Vice President, Deputy Head Strategy & Business Development, EADS Astrium, France
    Prof. Koichi Ijichi, Managing Director, Institute For Unmanned Space Experiment Free Flyer, Japan
    Prof. Seishiro Kibe, Director Innovative Technology Research Center, ARD, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan
    Dr. Shri Koteswara Rao, Astronautical Society of India, India
    Dr. Karlheinz Kreuzberg, Head Director General's Cabinet, European Space Agency
    Mr. John Mankins, President, Artemis Innovation Management Solutions, USA
    Prof. Keiken Ninomiya, Professor Emeritus, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan
    Prof. Dr. Yury Razoumny, Professor, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia
    Prof. Kuninori Uesugi, Professor Emeritus, ISAS/ Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan
    Dr. Oleg Ventskovsky, Director, Yuzhnoye SDO European Representation, Ukraine

Please make sure that you register before the 22 September deadline if you intend to participate to this historic event. Registration form.

Travel and Accommodations:
The Summit day-long program includes breakfast and luncheon as well as the evening formal reception and gala dinner for Heads of Space Agencies, Academicians and Guests. Discounted hotel rate is available at the JW Marriott ($269). Reservation cut-off date is Monday, October 31, 2010 and the group market code is IAA. Below is the reservation link:


List of hotels  is also available.

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington DC


Table of Content

- Climate Change / Green Systems Working Group

- Disaster Management / Natural Hazards Working Group

- Planetary / Lunar Exploration Working Group

- Human Spaceflight Working Group