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    IAC-18 — 69th International Astronautical Congress


    The symposium, organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), invites papers on all aspects of on-going and planned human spaceflight including the design, development, operations, utilization and future plans of space missions involving humans. The scope covers past, present and planned space missions and programmes in LEO and beyond, both governmental and private. The Human Spaceflight Symposium will also feature discussions on preparations for launch of new human spaceflight capabilities and collaborative efforts of human and robotic systems and technologies.


    Kevin D. Foley
    The Boeing CompanyUnited States


    Igor V. Sorokin
    S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation EnergiaRussian Federation

    Peter Batenburg
    Netherlands Space Society (NVR)The Netherlands

    B3.1. Governmental Human Spaceflight Programs (Overview)

    The session provides the forum for updates and annual “Overview” presentations on present and evolving governmental Human Spaceflight programmes. This year, the session is focused on the development and production of exploration hardware systems for the first set of SLS/Orion missions and the Gateway. The session is divided in two parts: • A pitching session, where selected speakers will address topics of relevance with the session theme • A panel discussion with invited panelists that will elaborate on the topics of the pitching session and animate a Q&A session moderated by the B3.1 co-chairs. Selected abstracts will be presented in the first part of the session. Each presentation is a 5 – 10 minutes pitch addressing the fundamental messages, challenges and open questions for further elaboration with the panelists in the second part of the session. (total 45 – 60 minutes). In the second part of the session, panelists will have 1.5 hours to elaborate on the topics addressed in the pitching session. The remaining 45 minutes will be used for Q&A from the floor. Invited panelists are: - W. Gerstenmeier (NASA) -T. Whitmeyer (NASA) -D. Parker (ESA) - W. Pelzer (DLR) -O. Juckenhoefel (Airbus) -M. Howes (Lockheed Martin)


    Carlo Mirra
    Airbus Defence & SpaceThe Netherlands

    Sam Scimemi
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)United States


    Rainer Willnecker
    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)Germany

    B3.2. Commercial Human Spaceflight Programs

    This session provides a forum for papers describing commercial human orbital and sub-orbital spacecraft and stations in development, as well as human-rated launch vehicles and human-tended modules. Topics include the status of development, testing, and operations; the architecture and performance of various systems; launch infrastructure development; and other pertinent areas of commercial human spaceflight development. Programmes such as Atlas 5, Axiom, BA-330, CST-100 Starliner, Cygnus, Dream Chaser, Dragon, Falcon 9, New Shepard, Spaceplane, SpaceShipTwo, WhiteKnightTwo, and others are appropriate for this session. The session also invites papers on status updates for upcoming operation of crewed vehicle transportation services to the International Space Station.


    Sergey K. Shaevich
    Khrunichev State Research & Production Space CenterRussian Federation

    W. Michael Hawes
    Lockheed Martin CorporationUnited States

    Michael E. Lopez Alegria
    MLA Space, LLCUnited States


    Gene Rice
    RWI - Rice Wigbels Int'lUnited States

    B3.3. Utilization & Exploitation of Human Spaceflight Systems

    This session addresses the utilization and exploitation of space stations and human spacecraft and provides the opportunity to discuss achievements, plans and outlooks. Topics for discussion include proposed or available payload facilities, experiments, research, manufacturing, and other on-orbit activity and its related planning, accommodation, and implementation. Additional items appropriate for discussion include scientific and industrial utilization applications and engineering research and technology demonstrations, as well as uses of space stations (ie. International Space Station and Chinese Space Station Tjangong) and other crewed vehicles as test beds for exploration. We also invite papers on challenges for future sustainability of human space flight which may be investigated through utilization of on-orbit crew and crewed platforms. These may include investigation of in-situ resources and other potential economic and technological enablers, results of advanced manufacturing tests and demonstrations, and reduction and mitigation of risks.


    Cristian Bank

    Eleanor Morgan
    Lockheed Martin Space SystemsUnited States

    B3.4-B6.4. Flight & Ground Operations of HSF Systems (A Joint Session of the Human Spaceflight and Space Operations Symposia)

    This session addresses key challenges and their solutions related to flight and ground operations in governmental and commercial human spaceflight, their systems and elements. Topics include operational problems and solutions, cost reduction, new and proposed ground facilities or infrastructure, and ground segment operations and planning. Also included are logistics and mission planning, ground transportation, and sustainment.


    Dieter Sabath
    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)Germany

    Annamaria Piras
    Thales Alenia Space ItaliaItaly


    Thomas A.E. Andersen
    Danish Aerospace Company A/SDenmark

    B3.5. Astronaut Training, Accommodation, and Operations in Space

    This session begins with an Astronaut Roundtable where an international group of astronauts from the various programs will discuss their experiences in a roundtable format. There will be an extended Question and Answer period of interaction with the audience. This session concentrates on all aspects of spaceflight that are unique to the presence of astronauts. It encompasses astronaut activities such as selection, training, workload management, and task division between flight and ground segments. It includes spacecraft systems and robotic tools; interfaces; international command, control and communications; payloads; research; and utilization. It addresses the unique spacecraft systems required to safely accommodate astronauts during intravehicular and extravehicular activities. The session includes astronaut pre-mission, mission, and post mission support of technological and scientific space based research and utilization of human space complexes and the space environment.


    Igor V. Sorokin
    S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation EnergiaRussian Federation

    Alan T. DeLuna
    American Astronautical Society (AAS)United States


    Keiji Murakami
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)Japan

    B3.6-A5.3. Human and Robotic Partnerships in Exploration - Joint session of the Human Spaceflight and Exploration Symposia

    This session seeks papers on new systems and technologies for current human spaceflight and exploration programmes, and the role of human and robotic partnerships in areas such as onboard robotic assistants, habitat / infrastructure construction support, human mobility support systems (e.g. EVA mobility aids, rovers); and robotic precursor activities to human spaceflights for test, validation, and demonstration of systems. This session also welcomes papers considering how the roles of humans, machines and intelligent systems are likely to evolve in the coming years and the corresponding impact on complex mission design, implementation, and operations.


    Christian Sallaberger
    Canadensys Aerospace CorporationCanada


    Mark Hempsell
    The British Interplanetary SocietyUnited Kingdom

    B3.7. Advanced Systems, Technologies, and Innovations for Human Spaceflight

    This session is designed to examine and identify the potential evolution of key elements of Human Spaceflight missions, especially those driven by advanced technologies and innovations. Papers are solicited that address how to shape the future subsystems, technologies, innovations, logistics, processes, procedures, etc. to enable or significantly improve future human space mission objectives that will include exploration, commercial initiatives, tourism, and industrial undertakings. Also, lessons learned from past missions and their application to future missions are essential topics in this session.


    Juergen Schlutz
    European Space Agency (ESA)Germany

    Sebastien Barde
    Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)France


    Gi-Hyuk Choi
    Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)Korea, Republic of

    B3.8-E7.7. Legal framework for collaborative space activities - New ways of launching (micro-launching) and large constellation microsats (Joint IAF/IISL session)

    This session includes both invited and submitted papers on the challenges currently faced by existing systems for licensing space activities in the light of the necessity to ensure their sustainability, and efficient management of scarce frequency resources. It looks at the way in which dialogue is mapped out between governments and the various actors in the space community, and pays particular attention to the latest developments arising from low cost transportation systems and technology. The papers are particularly invited to address the question as to how these challenges can be met, and how to best approach these at national and international level.


    Philippe Clerc
    Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)France

    Tony Azzarelli
    OnewebUnited Kingdom


    Kamlesh Brocard
    Swiss Space Office (SSO)Switzerland

    B3.9-GTS.2. Human Spaceflight Global Technical Session

    The Human Spaceflight Global Technical Session is targeting individuals and organisations with the objective of sharing best practices, future projects, research and issues for the future of Human Spaceflights. This is a Global session co-sponsored by the IAF Human SpaceFLIGHT Committee and the IAF Workforce Development/Young Professionals Programme Committee.


    Guillaume Girard

    Andrea Jaime
    Isar Aerospace Technologies GmbHGermany

    B3.IP. Interactive Presentations - IAF HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT SYMPOSIUM

    This session offers a unique opportunity to deliver your key messages in an interactive presentation on any of the subjects of Human Spaceflight addressed in the classic Sessions. The presentation will be displayed on digital screens in a dedicated location and available for view by all Congress attendees for the entire Congress week. In addition, one afternoon is dedicated exclusively for the attendees to view the Interactive Presentations, and the author will be assigned a specific ten minute slot to personally present the topic and interact with the attendees present. The Interactive Presentation may take advantage of all electronic display capabilities, such as: PowerPoint charts, embedded hot links, pictures, audio and video clips etc. An award will also be presented to the author of the best Interactive Presentation in the B Category at a special ceremony. An Abstract that follows the standard format must be submitted by the deadline for standard IAC abstracts.


    Peter Batenburg
    Netherlands Space Society (NVR)The Netherlands