International Astronautical Federation

International Astronautical Federation "Connecting @ll Space People"
Founded in 1951, the International Astronautical Federation is the world's leading space advocacy body with more than 270 members on six continents including all leading space agencies, space companies, societies, associations and institutes worldwide. Following its theme "A space-faring world cooperating for the benefit of humanity", the Federation advances knowledge about space, fostering the development and application of space assets by advanceing global cooperation. As organiser of the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC), and other meetings on specific subjects, the IAF actively encourages the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes and supports the dissemination of scientific and technical information related to space.
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Dear IAF Members,The 2020 Call for Nominations of IAF Elective Officers is now open!Check iafastro.org to find out how!
05/06/2020

Dear IAF Members,
The 2020 Call for Nominations of IAF Elective Officers is now open!
Check iafastro.org to find out how!

SAVE THE DATE: INTERNATIONAL ASTRONAUTICAL CONGRESS (IAC)73RD Edition To Be Held In Paris, France18-22 September 2022#IA...
04/06/2020

SAVE THE DATE: INTERNATIONAL ASTRONAUTICAL CONGRESS (IAC)
73RD Edition To Be Held In Paris, France
18-22 September 2022
#IAC2022
CNES President and IAF Honorary Ambassador Jean-Yves Le Gall said: “ CNES was instrumental in leading the candidacy of Paris for IAC 2021 and its selection as host city marked the recognition of France’s key role in the international space arena. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to modify the event’s calendar and Paris will now be welcoming the 73rd IAC from 18-22 September 2022. I really hope that the next editions of IAC, which are going to be major events for the global space sector, will be a great success.“
Photo by JY Le Gall

02/06/2020
IAF “3G” INTERNATIONAL PLATFORM FOR DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY IN ASTRONAUTICS (IDEA) – 3G GEOGRAPHY – GENERATION – GENDER

In September 2016, then IAF President, Jean-Yves Le Gall developed an Agenda for his term as IAF President, focusing on diversity: Foster the Principles of “3-G” Diversity within the Federation and the Space Sector.
– Geography - Generation - Gender
To this purpose an IAF Platform was created allowing the Federation to take a leading role in the effort to promote and advance diversity and equality principles amongst a global space community, become an exemplary organization in terms of geographical, generational, gender and any other diversity aspects, and live up to its motto Connecting @ll Space People.

The IAF “3G” INTERNATIONAL PLATFORM FOR DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY IN ASTRONAUTICS (IDEA) provides a framework for an intensive and open exchange on diversity and equality aspects within the IAF and amongst IAF member organizations as well as potential IAF members and other organizations promoting diversity.
Have you ever attended an IAF 3G IDEA event? How would you like the 3G Movement to evolve?

#IAF3GIDEA #3GMovement #Gender #Generation #Geography #IDEA #Platform #Diversity #Equality #International #Astronautics

Congratulations to our IAF Members: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and SpaceX for this magnifi...
31/05/2020

Congratulations to our IAF Members: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and SpaceX for this magnificent collaboration and milestone success!
The success of today opens a new era for Human Spaceflight thanks to your vision and efforts. For the first time since the final Space Shuttle mission in 2011, the United States has launched humans to space from American soil on a US commercially provided spacecraft. I salute your innovative team work. Dear Jim, it has been fascinating to see the advancement of the NASA Commercial Crew Program and witness its growth and successes. Many thanks to Elon Musk, one of the biggest commercial space innovators, for your vision and brilliance. All the crowds gathering for hours at the IACs to come listen to you are the living proof of your essential role in the space community.
I am sure that this DEMO-2 flight will be the driving force behind future generations of engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, pilots and an inspiration for every citizen worldwide. It will also open a new era of Space Exploration to LEO and beyond! #spaceshuttle #demo2 #commercialcrewprogram #humanspaceflight

The #IAC2020 Notification e-mails for the first CyberSpace Edition have been sent out to all main authors! We kindly ask...
27/05/2020

The #IAC2020 Notification e-mails for the first CyberSpace Edition have been sent out to all main authors! We kindly ask you to check your mailbox as well as your spam folder in case you have not received it. Should you have any questions please contact [email protected]

The 71st International Astronautical Congress will feature an exciting Technical Programme with papers presented virtually by video lectures. If you have been accepted please remember that you need to confirm your presentation by Friday 29 May!

IAF President Pascale EHRENFREUND recognized by Women In Aerospace Europe with the Outstanding Achievement Award!The ann...
26/05/2020

IAF President Pascale EHRENFREUND recognized by Women In Aerospace Europe with the Outstanding Achievement Award!
The annual WIA-E Outstanding Achievement Award ackowledges exceptional technical or scientific achievements and dedication to the advancement of women in the aerospace field.
The award goes to Dr. Ehrenfreund to recognize her ongoing dedication to gender diversity and her strong presence as a role model to her peers in this area. As one of the few female heads of a space agency, Dr. Ehrenfreund has been great at increasing visibility of women in the aerospace community and to advance the aerospace industry as a whole. Her exemplary scientific career as well as her recognised leadership skills make her a unique and inspiring role model for every young woman aspiring to pursue a career in the aerospace sector. #rolemodel #stem #womeninstem #stemsquad #womenempowerment #diversity #studymotivation #studyinspiration #shecan Women in Aerospace Europe

My vision for the International Astronautical Federation in the next 3 years is to build the leadership pipeline by enga...
21/05/2020

My vision for the International Astronautical Federation in the next 3 years is to build the leadership pipeline by engaging the next generation of space professionals to support the sustainability and scalability of the IAF. Read full interview of Minoo Rathnasabapathy, IAF Vice President for Education and Workforce Development on iafastro.org #youngprofessionals #iafypp

The IAF Young Professionals Newsletter is now available! Check iafastro.org
19/05/2020

The IAF Young Professionals Newsletter is now available! Check iafastro.org

#didyouknow?At the #IAC2013 Opening Ceremony Dr Edward C. Stone became the first ever recipient of the IAF World Space A...
15/05/2020

#didyouknow?

At the #IAC2013 Opening Ceremony Dr Edward C. Stone became the first ever recipient of the IAF World Space Award for being an exceptional leader and inspirational figure in the field of space science.

On that important occasion, Dr Stone, a well-known spokesman for the Voyager missions, gave a Highlight Lecture recounting the story of Voyager 1 and its historic passage into interstellar space.
#awards #space #voyager1

Dear IAF Community, Since its first edition in 1950, the IAC has been THE place for all space people to come together an...
13/05/2020

Dear IAF Community,

Since its first edition in 1950, the IAC has been THE place for all space people to come together and discuss about the latest developments in space. In these challenging times, when physical meetings are near-impossible, the Federation, more than ever, is determined to play its unifying role for the space community. And this is why we have decided to organize the 71st International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2020, as a Cyberspace Edition and to offer it without registration fee, free of charge for a global community. This will allow us to also reach out to new communities and stakeholders that would normally not have the means and/or time to physically travel to an IAC.
The theme of the IAC 2020 – The CyberSpace Edition will be “IAF Connecting @ll Space People: virtually and for free, we will embrace resilience by being connected together.

OVERALL STRUCTURE

The IAC 2020 – The Cyberspace Edition’s structure and programme will be leaner and simpler than a regular IAC in line with its virtual format. The two and half days of the IAC 2020 will be revolving around specific themes:

o Monday – Opening/Agency Day
o Tuesday – Industry Day
o Wednesday – Diversity/Outreach Day

The programme is being consolidated these days, more info will be communicated in the following weeks.
For the time being, please note that authors whose abstracts have been selected by the IPC during the virtual IAF Spring Meetings in March will be asked to submit a full manuscript with a presentation and a recorded video file. All the materials that will be prepared and submitted for the Technical Programme including accepted abstracts, papers, presentations and videos will be published in the proceedings of the 71st IAC and made available to the participants with a password-restricted access.

We are extremely excited about this new chapter of the International Astronautical Congress and we look forward to build this first CyberSpace Edition with the support of you all. We are in this together! #cyberspaceiac2020

Feel free to contact us should you have any question:
On the Technical Programme: [email protected]
On Media Related issues: [email protected]
On the IAC 2020: [email protected]

The IAF is looking for its groove!Please help us out: If the IAF was to be a music, which song would it be? #groove  #mu...
06/05/2020

The IAF is looking for its groove!
Please help us out: If the IAF was to be a music, which song would it be? #groove #music

04/05/2020

Meet @mirandalunaurano one of the #IAFEXPLORERS giving her opinion on #spaceexploration
What do you think the future of space exploration will be like?

The IAF Secretariat is safely working from home to organize the first #cyberspaceiac2020Are you also working from home? ...
30/04/2020

The IAF Secretariat is safely working from home to organize the first #cyberspaceiac2020
Are you also working from home? Share your #wfh experience with us! 🎵work.work.work🎵

29/04/2020
Why you should become a member of the International Astronautical Federation

Why should you become a member of the International Astronautical Federation?
Becoming a member of the IAF means joining the world’s leading space advocacy body with almost 400 members on six continents including space agencies, industries, R&D, associations, museums and universities worldwide.
This means that when your organization joins the IAF:
- you gain WORLDWIDE VISIBILITY;
- you profit from a GLOBAL NETWORK of potential business partners, experts and decision-makers, thus you have the opportunity to promote your organization, to attract future workforce, and to participate in roundtables on your main focus of interest
- you SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE IAF by joining the IAF administrative and technical committees, you can nominate IAF Officers candidates for IAF President and Vice-President positions, vote in the IAF General Assembly, and organise IAF events and projects
- you also SHAPE THE IAC! Indeed you can submit plenaries and keynotes proposals and you will be eligible to host an International Astronautical Congress
- you will earn and give RECOGNITION: as a member you can nominate candidates for IAF Awards
- and you will get FINANCIAL BENEFITS such as discounted rates for IAC registration and exhibition and unlimited complimentary access to the IAC Paper Archive with more than 22,000 manuscripts

So do not wait any longer and join the IAF Global and Diverse Community. By joining the IAF, you enhance the power of Space!

Visit www.iafastro.org complete the “Application for IAF Membership” form and send it together with your company’s by-law and statutes to [email protected]

Add your voice and be part of a powerful movement!

Dear Friends,Please allow me to address you in my capacity of IAF President in this challenging period. I hope that you ...
27/04/2020

Dear Friends,

Please allow me to address you in my capacity of IAF President in this challenging period. I hope that you are safe and managing to work remotely in these difficult and complicated times. Though we look at the future with hope, it is hard to predict how the situation will unfold in the upcoming weeks and months.

I would like to let you know that the IAF is thinking of you. The Federation has been supporting the space community for more than 70 years, and we are here also now.

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has, inevitably, affected our planned activities for 2020, but the IAF remains flexible, innovative and resilient. We are currently working on devising new ways to keep you engaged and connected. Now, more than ever, we understand the importance of a strong supportive community and we are committed to ensure that you feel a part of it.

Earlier this month we had to announce the postponement of the GLEX in St. Petersburg and of the IAC in Dubai. However, after much reflection, we have decided that we still want our community to gather around a main event in 2020 and feel part of the great IAF “family”, as many of you call it.

I am therefore delighted to announce that we will be hosting an IAC 2020 in virtual format. The 71st International Astronautical Congress – The CyberSpace Edition #CYBERSPACEIAC2020 will take place in your homes and offices around the world during 12 – 14 October 2020. Please make sure to mark those dates in your calendar and stay tuned for additional details on the programme and logistics for the event in the upcoming weeks.

I am also pleased to inform you that the new dates for the 72nd International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2021 have been fixed. The IAC 2021 will take place in Dubai, U.A.E., from 25 – 29 October 2021. Please also mark these important dates in your calendar.

Furthermore, the IACs in Paris and Baku will be postponed accordingly. Exact details will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Despite the challenges we face due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am confident that we can emerge from this crisis stronger than before and that we will continue to discover innovative and creative ideas on how to shape a global society with the help of space technologies for a bright future.

The IAF is nothing without its community; together we stand stronger and more resilient than ever. I look forward to tackling our future challenges together.

Warmest Regards,

Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund
President
International Astronautical Federation (IAF)

On the occasion of #ChinaSpaceDay the IAF is pleased to congratulate all its Chinese partners! May the ties of friendshi...
24/04/2020

On the occasion of #ChinaSpaceDay the IAF is pleased to congratulate all its Chinese partners! May the ties of friendship and co-operation between the IAF and China continue to strengthen in the coming years.

22/04/2020
MARSIS: the Successful Search for Liquid Water on Mars

Are you also intrigued by the role that the presence of water had for the possible insurgence of life forms on Mars?
Check what Enrico Flamini, Former Chief Scientist, Italian Space Agency (ASI), said at the #IAC2019 on MARSIS: the Successful Search for Liquid Water on Mars

21/04/2020
#IAFExplorers PinkRocketShip

Meet @PinkRocketship one of the #IAFExplorers giving her opinion on #Space
What do you think is the future of space exploration?

Who managed to get a photo with @billnye at the IAC?
20/04/2020

Who managed to get a photo with @billnye at the IAC?

17/04/2020
Come on board!

Come on board!

Would you like to take advantage of this special moment to get involved in something new? Join us! Visit www.iafastro.org and become an IAF Volunteer! #Confinement #WFH #Quarantine

15/04/2020

Were you there last year?
On Industry Day, Blue Origin founder, Jeff Bezos was awarded the first IAF Excellence in Industry Award for Blue Origin’s amazing accomplishment with the New Shepard launcher. During a fireside chat, moderated by Pascale Ehrenfreund, the new IAF President, Blue Origin formally announced the partnership with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper to form the national team for NASA’s ARTEMIS human landing system to return to the Moon. #IAC2019 @lLockheed Martin Northrop Grumman Corporation Blue Origin @draperlab @nasa

How many IACs have you been to? #IACChallenge Washington,D.C., Bremen, Adelaide, Guadalajara, Jerusalem, Toronto, Beijin...
14/04/2020

How many IACs have you been to? #IACChallenge
Washington,D.C., Bremen, Adelaide, Guadalajara, Jerusalem, Toronto, Beijing, Naples, Cape Town, Prague, Daejeon, Glasgow, Hyderabad, Valencia, Fukuoka, Vancouver, Houston, Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Turin, Oslo, Graz, Montreal, Dresden, Malaga, Bangalore, Paris, Rome, Tokyo...

ALL IAF EVENTS POSTPONED - Dear friends,Following the growing escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, the ...
10/04/2020

ALL IAF EVENTS POSTPONED -
Dear friends,
Following the growing escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, the IAF is saddened to inform you that the International Astronautical Congress - IAC in Dubai will not be taking place this year, but will be postponed. We are in the process of re-assessing the overall schedule of IACs and will inform you withinthe coming weeks about the new dates. As a consequence, the Call for Applications to Host the IAC in 2023 is suspended and a new Call for Hosting IAC 2024 will be opened in November 2020. The health and safety of our community is of utmost importance to IAF. This is a very challenging time for everyone and we appreciate your understanding and support.
Also, the Global Space Exploration Conference - #GLEX2020 in St. Petersburg, and the Global Space Conference on Climate Change - GLOC 2021 in Oslo will be postponed by a year to 2021 and 2022 respectively. New dates will be communicated in the coming months.
Having worked so intensively with our International Programme Committees, volunteers, speakers, authors, sponsors, exhibitors, and partners preparing these events over the past years, we are genuinely disappointed to be forced to postpone, and we would like to thank all our partners for their contributions, support and strong engagement. The IAF will continue to serve our community with manifold events and activities in the future and live up to our motto “Connecting @ll Space People”, even if only virtually during these challenging times. As the past IAF Virtual Spring Meetings have been reminding us, great things happen when the community comes together and connects at the IAF.
#StaySafe
Kind Regards,
IAF Secretariat

09/04/2020
What are your thoughts on Space Economy?

What are your thoughts on Space Economy? Here the thoughts of Fatih Ozmen, Owner and CEO of IAF Member, Sierra Nevada Corporation, United States #SpaceEconomy

ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE IAF ONLINE COMPETITION FOR YOUNG INFLUENCERS #IAFEXPLORERS The International Astronautical...
06/04/2020

ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE IAF ONLINE COMPETITION FOR YOUNG INFLUENCERS #IAFEXPLORERS

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is delighted to announce the 5 winners of the IAF Online Competition for Young Influencers #IAFExplorers

Congratulations to @Astrogiulia (from Italy), Astronaut Abby (from USA), @MirandaJaMor (from Mexico), @PinkRocketShip (from USA), and @Thearabianstargazer (from Iraq). Welcome to the #IAFExplorers world!

The 5 #IAFExplorers will help the IAF promote, on social media, the IAF’s vision of peace through space and share their experiences and thoughts with the space community.

The IAF would like to thank all of the entrants for helping make the contest such a success, especially for a first edition! The IAF launched the IAF Online Competition for Young Influencers in Space on 3 February 2020. By the deadline the 28 February 2020, many candidatures from lovers of space, technology, science fiction and everything in between were received. All videos on ‘The Future of Space Exploration’ were very interesting. You are invited to keep being part of the conversation online.

Stay tuned in the following months as many thought-provoking conversations, creative contents and striking collaborations are about to happen on social media. Follow the official @iafastro account to see what the 5 #IAFExplorers will come up with!

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