Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman ISRO, with a large delegation during the ceremony of inauguration of the IAA subsidiary office in Bangalore, India in August 2019. This branch is devoted to support the Paris headquarters office for the management of the yearly 30 IAA standalone conferences.
This event – dedicated to space debris – has been organized by the Municipality of Castelgrande and the Company GAUSS Srl, under the aegis of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). The Symposium took place on Toppo di Castelgrande, located at 1250 meters above sea level, where the CastelGAUSS Astronomical Observatory, is positioned. It is managed by the Company GAUSS Srl in cooperation with KIAM (the Keldish Institute of Moscow) and it is dedicated to space debris and asteroids detection and part of the ISON (International Scientific Optical Network).
The 13th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference took place in Toulouse, France from June 03 to June 05, 2019. Many participants gathered in University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse to discuss several topics related to low-cost planetary missions. 70 papers were presented in 6 technical sessions. The conference is a forum for planetary scientists, technologists, engineers, project managers and agency officials to gather for the exchange of information and ideas for making this class of robotic mission richer scientifically while remaining affordably low-cost.
The 12th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation took place on 06-10 May, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. 270 representatives from across the industry, government, and academic institutions of 37 countries gathered at the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. The SSEO symposium proposed a rich technical program with more than 60 paper presentations across 15 sessions, a special panel discussion, two poster sessions comprised of more than 40 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. The conference report is now available.
The 6th IAA Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) took place on 29 April-03 May, 2019, in Washington DC area, USA. Many experts gathered on this occasion and videos of the conference are now available. The conference included a hypothetical NEO/Earth impact event scenario. Press release and statements are also available on the conference website.
IAA spring meetings were held on March 25-28, 2019 in Paris, France. For more detailed information on IAA spring meetings, please see the IAA past list of events. New members were inducted on Tuesday 26 March 2019 during the IAA Award Dinner.
Photo: Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso, IAA Trustee Section 4 Chair, Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, IAA Secretary-General, Mr. Federico Casal, new IAA Honorary Member, Dr. Peter Jankowitsch, IAA President, Prof. Anatoly Perminov, IAA Vice-President Scientific Activities, and Dr. Hiroki Matsuo, IAA Vice-President Finance, during the IAA Award Ceremony Dinner, March 26, 2019, Paris, France.