Update 05 March 2021 All meetings schedule is for Paris, France time zone. Monday 15 March 2021 14h-16h  Commission 5 Space Policy, Law and Economy - Chair Isabelle Duvaux-Bechon 17h-19h  Commission 1 Space Physical Sciences - Chair Rosaly Lopes Tuesday 16 March 2021 14h-16h  Commission 4 Space System Operation and Utilisation - Chair Rene Laufer 17h-19h  Commission 3 Space Technology and System Development - Chair Giancarlo Genta Wednesday 17 March 2021 14h-16h  Commission 2 Space Life Sciences - Chair Deng Yulin 18h-20h  Commission 6 Space and Society, Culture and Education - Chair Otfrid Liepack Thursday 18 March 2021 14h00-16h00  IAA Publication & Communication Committee - Chair Marius-Ioan Piso (by invitation only) 16h00-18h00  Acta Astronautica IAA Journal Editorial Board - Chair Rock Chern (by invitation only) Friday 19 March 2021 14h00-16h00  Awards & Membership Committee meeting - Chair Chrysoula Kourtidou-Papadeli (by invitation only) Saturday 20 March 2021 14h00-16h00  IAA Finance Committee meeting - Chair John Schumacher (by invitation only) Monday 22 March 2021 17h00-19h00  IAA Scientific Activities Committee (SAC) meeting - Chair Anatoly Perminov (by invitation only) Tuesday 23 March 2021 14h00-16h00  Board of Trustees meeting - Chair Peter Jankowitsch (by invitation only)

  • February 25, 2021

Academician Peter B. Teets, former undersecretary and Acting Secretary of the Air Force, head of the National Reconnaissance Office, and president and chief operating officer of Lockheed Martin, died Nov. 29, 2020. Teets, reflecting in 2012 on his term as head of the NRO, said his vision was to “bring online a new generation of collection systems” with constellations that were “more capable, reliable, and user-friendly,” while building “a true spirit of teamwork” in the national security space community. He called the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS), meant to detect missile launches, “the most difficult challenge I had” in the NRO position. It was made more problematic, he said, by prime contractor Lockheed Martin assuring Congress the program “was ‘on schedule and on predicted cost,’ when in fact we had no chance of executing the contract with the resources then allocated.” Ultimately, much of the program was terminated. He believed the NRO made strides on his watch in “getting timely information to the warfighters” and improving relations with Congress. During his tenure, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld designated the Air Force the DOD’s executive agent for space. However, not long after Teets’ departure, and with no replacement named for the duration of the Bush Administration, Rumsfeld withdrew that authority to his own office. Teets grew up in Colorado and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning degrees in applied mathematics and business administration, respectively. He worked for the Martin Company as an engineer, rising through the company over several decades as it expanded to become Martin Marietta Corporation. He was elected president of its Space Group in 1993, and soon after the company’s 1995 merger with Lockheed Martin, became president and COO of the new Lockheed Martin Corp. In 2001, Teets retired from Lockheed Martin and undertook the jobs of undersecretary of the Air Force and head of the National Reconnaissance Office, which at that time was a dual position under the administration of President George W. Bush. He reported not only to the Secretary of the Air Force but the Secretary of Defense and head of national intelligence. At the end of the first term of the Bush presidency, Teets served briefly as Acting Secretary of the Air Force after the resignation of Secretary James G. Roche. Teets himself resigned from the undersecretary/NRO job in March 1995. In retirement, Teets served on the boards of the Aerospace Corporation, Draper Laboratories, and Challenger Center of Colorado. He received AFA’s W. Stuart Symington Award in 1994, for the “greatest contribution to national defense by a civilian,” and received numerous other awards, including the Wernher von Braun Space Flight Trophy, the Robert Goddard Memorial Trophy, and the Gen. James V. Hartinger Award for contributions to military space. He was also inducted into the Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame. He was elected a Member of the International Academy of Astronautics in 1993.

Photo: IAA Academician Peter B. Teets, Member Engineering Sciences Section

  • December 11, 2020

Academician Alexander Degtyarev passed away on November 24, 2020. He was General Designer and General Director of Yuzhnoye Design Office, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. He directly participated in the development of ballistic rocket systems, participated in the projects on Zenit, Cyclone, Dnepr, Mayak launch vehicles modernization and also conceptual projects on the development of commercial spacecraft and satellite systems. He directly participated in the formation of principal directions of works on creation and implementation of Sea Launch Project, managerial and functional structure of the company and contract plan of the project. He also opened a new field of Yuzhnoye’s activity, entering the international market and bringing in foreign partners as customers. Academician of National Academy of Science of Ukraine. Author of 38 inventions and more than 80 publications. He was elected a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics in 2002 and a Member in 2005. He was also IAA Vice-President for Scientific Activities.

Photo: IAA Academician Alexander Degtyarev, Member Engineering Sciences Section

  • November 24, 2020

The situation related to the Covid-19 virus obliges us to modify the schedule of all Academy meetings as follows: 3rd IAA/AAS SciTech Forum Moscow, Russia, 08-11 December, 2020 7th annual Space Traffic Management conference, 26-27 January, 2021 IAA Academy Day and 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Sydney, Australia, 28 January, 2021 23rd IAA Humans in Space Symposium, Moscow, Russia, 05-08 April 2021 IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation, Berlin, Germany, 26-30 April 2021 1st IAA African Symposium on Small Satellites Stellenbosch, South Africa, 10-13 May, 2021 3rd Conference Space Situational Awareness (ICSSA), Madrid, Spain, 13-15 September, 2021 IAA Academy Day and International Astronautical Congress Dubai, UAE, 24-29 October, 2021

  • April 12, 2020
The Space Security and Safety (SSS) Program at the University of Texas at Austin’s Strauss Center, and the Cockrell School of Engineering, in partnership with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Lockheed Martin, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics(AIAA), held the 6th annual Space Traffic Management conference, “Facing the Security Challenge.” The conference took place on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, and Thursday, February 20 at the University of Texas at Austin. The conference was organized by Daniel Porras (United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research Space Security Fellow), SSS Program Lead Dr. Moriba Jah, and non-resident SSS scholar Diane Howard. Experts from all over the world gathered to discuss and exchange on space traffic management. Technical sessions were devoted to several topics like Range Management, Airspace/Orbital Space Integration, Space Safety, Security, and Sustainability, Space Environment Effects and Impacts and Related Issues.
  • February 19, 2020

GAUSS and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) are pleased to report that the 5th edition of the IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions and CubeSat Workshop took place on January 28-31, 2020 in Rome. The Conference dedicated to CubeSats technology was organized by GAUSS Srl and sponsored by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), European Space Agency (ESA) and American Astronautical Society (AAS). The Conference offered technical sessions on launch opportunities for universities, ground segment operations, space debris, new perspectives in microsatellites application and several presentations dedicated to CubeSats missions, and on interplanetary missions especially to Mars.

Photo: From left to the right: Jean-Michel Contant, France, Leonardo Mazzini, Italy and Filippo Graziani, Italy.

  • January 28, 2020
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