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    IAC-18 — 69th International Astronautical Congress


    Topics of this symposium, organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), address worldwide space transportation solutions and innovations. The goal is to foster understanding and cooperation amongst the world’s space-faring organisations.


    Steve Creech
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)United States

    Markus Jäger
    Airbus Defence & Space, Space SystemsGermany


    Yuguang Yang
    China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation (CASIC)China

    D2.1. Launch Vehicles in Service or in Development

    Review of up to date status of launch vehicles currently in use in the world or under short term development.


    Iwao Igarashi
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. - Nagoya Aerospace SystemsJapan

    Randolph Kendall
    The Aerospace CorporationUnited States


    Igor V. Belokonov
    Samara State Aerospace UniversityRussian Federation

    D2.2. Launch Services, Missions, Operations, and Facilities

    Review of the current and planned launch services and support, including economics of space transportation systems, financing, insurance, licensing. Advancements in ground infrastructure, ground operations, mission planning and mission control for both expendable and reusable launch services.


    Francesco Santoro
    Altec S.p.A.Italy

    Jerry Cook
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Marshall Space Flight CenterUnited States


    Yves Gerard
    Airbus Defence & SpaceFrance

    D2.3. Upper Stages, Space Transfer, Entry and Landing Systems

    Discussion of existing, planned or new advanced concepts for cargo and human orbital transfer. Includes current and near term transfer, entry and landing systems, sub-systems and technologies for accommodating crew and cargo transfer in space.


    Oliver Kunz
    RUAG SpaceSwitzerland

    Brian Smith
    Raytheon Canada LimitedCanada


    Oleg Ventskovsky
    Yuzhnoye SDO European Representation in BrusselsUkraine

    D2.4. Future Space Transportation Systems

    Discussion of future overall system designs and operational concepts for both expendable and reusable systems for Earth-to orbit transportation and exploration missions


    José Gavira Izquierdo
    European Space Agency (ESA)The Netherlands

    Carina Dorbath
    MT Aerospace AGGermany


    Nicolas Bérend
    ONERA - The French Aerospace LabFrance

    D2.5. Technologies for Future Space Transportation Systems

    Discussion of technologies enabling new reusable or expendable launch vehicles and in-space transportation systems. Emphasis is on TRL hardware development and verification prior to flight, including ground testing and/or innovative technology prototype demonstrations not yet involving flight.


    Lin Shen
    China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT)China

    Florian Ruhhammer
    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)Germany


    Patrick M. McKenzie
    RUAG SpaceUnited States

    D2.6. Future Space Transportation Systems Verification and In-Flight Experimentation

    Discussion of atmospheric and in-space flight testing and qualification of system, sub-system, and advanced technologies for future launch venicles and in-space transportation systems. Emphasis is on higher TRL in-flight experimentation, demonstration, and qualification, including test plans and innovative technology prototype demonstrations involving or leading to flight as well as new and unique test platforms and capabilities.


    David E. Glass
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)United States

    Sreedhara Panicker Somanath
    Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)India


    Tetsuo Hiraiwa
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)Japan

    D2.7. Small Launchers: Concepts and Operations (Part I)

    Discussion of existing, planned and future Launchers for small payloads ranging from 1500 kg to as low as 1 kg into Low Earth Orbit. Includes innovative solutions such as airborne systems, evolutions from sub-orbital concepts, combinations of existing / emerging elements and new elements, reusable, partially reusable and expendable concepts, and flexible, highly responsive concepts. Includes mission operations, design, development, and specific constraints. For discussion on small satellite missions not focused on launchers and their operations, please refer to session B4.5.


    Harry A. Cikanek
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)United States

    Ulf Palmnäs


    Julio Aprea
    European Space Agency (ESA)France

    D2.8-A5.4. Space Transportation Solutions for Deep Space Missions

    This joint session will explore space transportation capabilities, existing or under study, for human space exploration missions, new science, programme architectures, technology demonstrations as well as the issues of scientific and political motivations and international cooperation. The session will also deal with worldwide needs, requirements and potential missions enabled by deep space transportation system.


    Ernst Messerschmid
    University of StuttgartGermany

    K. Bruce Morris
    RUAG SpaceUnited States

    Andrew Aldrin
    Florida Institute of TechnologyUnited States

    Josef Wiedemann
    DLR (German Aerospace Center)Germany


    Gerhard Schwehm
    European Space Agency (ESA)The Netherlands

    D2.9-D6.2. Safe Transportation Systems for Sustainable Commercial Human Spaceflight / Small Launchers: Concepts and Operations (Part II)

    Commercial human space transportation systems must account for technical, economic and policy factors in order to be sustainable. This session will explore both this technical design solutions for reliability and safety, as well as the related economics, policy and regulatory issues involved in producing a human space transportation ecosystem that is sustainable. The discussion can include both suborbital and orbital transportation systems, as well as spaceports and infrastructure.


    Martin Sippel
    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)Germany

    Aline Decadi
    HE Space OperationsFrance


    Charles E. Cockrell Jr.
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)United States


    This session offers a unique opportunity to deliver your key messages in an interactive presentation on any of the subjects of Space Transportation Solutions and Innovations addressed in the classic Sessions. The presentation will be displayed on a digital screen 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 D Category at a special ceremony. An Abstract that follows the standard format must be submitted by the deadline for standard IAC abstracts.


    Christophe Bonnal
    Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)France

    Daniel L. Dumbacher
    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)United States


    Philippa Davies
    Reaction Engines Ltd.United Kingdom