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    IAC-19 — 70th International Astronautical Congress

    D4. 17th IAA SYMPOSIUM ON VISIONS AND STRATEGIES FOR THE FUTURE

    This 17th symposium is organized by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). In Space Activities the focus is usually kept on the short term developments, at the expense of future goals. The Symposium will discuss topics with at least 20 to 30 years prospective lead time and identify technologies and strategies that need to be developed. These developments will be examined with the goal to support also short/medium term projects and to identify priorities required for their development. The Sessions in the Symposium will address innovative technologies and Strategies to develop Space Elevator as well as Interstellar Precursor Missions. A session will address also how Space activities can contribute to the resolution of World Societal Changes as well as to increasing the countries engaged in space activities.

    Coordinator

    Giuseppe Reibaldi
    Moon Village Association (MVA)Austria

    Yu Lu
    China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, ChinaChina

    D4.1. Innovative Concepts and Technologies

    In order to realize future, sustainable programmes of space exploration and utilisation, a focused suite of transformational new system concept and supporting technologies must be developed during the coming decade. The technical objectives to be pursued should be drawn from a broad, forward looking view of the technologies and system needed, but must be sufficiently focused, to allow tangible progression and dramatic improvements over current capabilities. This session will address cross cutting considerations in which a number of discipline research topics and/or technologies may be successful developed to support transformational new system concept. Papers are solicited in these and related areas

    Co-Chair

    Roger X. Lenard
    LPSUnited States

    Giorgio Saccoccia
    European Space Agency (ESA)The Netherlands

    Rapporteur

    Xiaowei WANG
    China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT)China

    D4.2. Contribution of Space Activities to Solving Global Societal Issues

    The session will discuss the contributions, in the future, of space exploration and utilisation to the solution of global challenges (e.g. energy, population, sustainable development) and how the space systems will support the understanding of the global societal issues. The session will include also the identification of the related technologies that needs to be developed. The definition of a roadmap will be encouraged. Environmental issues including global climate change will not be covered in this particular session.

    Co-Chair

    Giuseppe Reibaldi
    Moon Village Association (MVA)Austria

    Yu Lu
    China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, ChinaChina

    Rapporteur

    Paivi Jukola
    Aalto UniversityFinland

    D4.3. Space Elevator Critical Technology Verification and Validation Testing

    The Space Elevator is a visionary, near future, concept that has received particular attention during the past two decades. It is a space access option that will, when successfully developed, enable extremely large-scale access to space at low marginal cost. However, there remain numerous Verification and Validation of critical technologies that challenge the developers and must be successful before the Space Elevator can be deemed ready to build. In support of the recently completed IAA study, "Road to the Space Elevator Era", this session will encompass the identification of space elevator critical technologies, examine the TRLs (technology readiness level) of these, and propose segment level testing. The session also invites reports on relevant recent R&D results, and will identify possible development strategies for space elevators and tethers.

    Co-Chair

    Peter Swan
    International Space Elevator ConsortiumUnited States

    Akira Tsuchida
    International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)Japan

    Rapporteur

    Yoji Ishikawa
    Obayashi CorporationJapan

    D4.4. Strategies for Rapid Implementation of Interstellar Missions: Precursors and Beyond

    Knowledge about space beyond our solar system and between the stars—that is interstellar space —is lacking data. Even as IBEX, NASA’s Interstellar Background Explorer, studies the edge of our solar system, it still is confined to earth orbit. Arguably, some of the most compelling data to understand the universe we live in will come from sampling the actual environment beyond our solar system as Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft are on the threshold of doing. In the 36 years since the Voyager probes’ launches, significant advances in materials science, analytical chemistry, information technologies, imaging capabilities, communications and propulsion systems have been made. The recently released IAA study: “Key Technologies to Enable Near-Term Interstellar Scientific Precursor Missions” along with significant initiatives like the DARPA seed-funded 100 Year Starship and the Breakthrough Starshot project, signal the need, readiness and benefits to aggressively undertaking interstellar space missions. This session seeks to define specific strategies and key enabling steps to implement interstellar precursor missions within the next 10-15 years. Suggestions for defined projects, payloads, teams, spacecraft and mission profiles that leverage existing technological capacities, yet will yield probes that generate new information about deep space, rapidly exit the solar system and which can be launched before 2040 are sought.

    Co-Chair

    Mae Jemison
    100 Year StarshipUnited States

    Giancarlo Genta
    Politecnico di TorinoItaly

    Rapporteur

    Emeline De Antonio
    Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)France

    D4.5. Space Resources: Technologies, Systems, Missions and Policies

    The field of space resources is rapidly maturing, in just five years the number of new space ventures has increased by 7000%; new process, patents, technologies and systems concepts are emerging in an unprecedented fashion. In parallel, the legal regime for identifying, extracting and beneficiating resources is undergoing a similarly rapid evolution. Led by the United States and Luxembourg, all aspects of national law fully compliant with the Outer Space Treaty are emerging. The United Nations General Assembly recently approved a non-binding resolution which allowed each nation to form national legislation which comports with the Outer Space Treaty with regard to space resources. The purpose of this session is to provide insight into the current state of the art in technology, systems concepts, economics, law and policy related to Space Resources and how to leverage the present status for the benefit of humanity. This session also deals with shortfalls in capability, that is, what is needed to further to objective of benefitting mankind with the immense resources of space. Our objective is to generate developmental roadmaps anchored in the realities of engineering and economics which can produce commercially viable space industries which are compliant with each nation’s perspectives of space resources in light of their interpretation of the OST. This session has produced two cosmic studies on space mineral resources which have achieved global acclaim.

    Co-Chair

    Roger X. Lenard
    LPSUnited States

    Peter Swan
    International Space Elevator ConsortiumUnited States

    Rapporteur

    Helen Tung
    elseco LimitedUnited Arab Emirates

    D4.IP. Interactive Presentations - 17th IAA SYMPOSIUM ON VISIONS AND STRATEGIES FOR THE FUTURE

    This session offers a unique opportunity to deliver your key messages in an interactive presentation on any of the subjects of Visions and Strategies for the Future 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.

    Co-Chair

    Gongling Sun
    International Space UniversityFrance

    Helen Tung
    elseco LimitedUnited Arab Emirates