Human Spaceflight Committee (2018-2021)

Objective/Scope of the Committee

The Committee deals with the overarching aspects of human spaceflight, including governmental and commercial human spaceflight initiatives, design, research, development, utilisation, operations and management, as well as associated robotic and support technologies and activities. The Committee addresses past (Skylab, Mir, Shuttle…), present (ISS, Tjangong, Soyuz, MPCV, and commercial suborbital projects…), and future endeavours; and encompass both government and private sector initiatives.

The Human Spaceflight Committee cooperates with other IAF committees, the IAA, IISL, and the Association of Space Explorers (ASE). Special emphasis will be applied to the international character of human spaceflightand the fostering and enhancement of international cooperation.

Symposiums/Sessions at the IAC

The Committee organizes the Symposium on Human Spaceflight (HSF), encompassing 8 half-day sessions ranging from governmental to commercial orbital and suborbital HSF activities, HSF technologies, astronauts training, and HSF-robotic joint activities. The symposium features 4 joint sessions with other technical symposia, offering the audience the best insight into adjacent and related topics as well, and for several years has involved young graduates worldwide to join a virtual session in the frame of the Workforce Development/Young Professionals Programme Committee (WD/YPP). The HSF Symposium also co-organises since 2009 the only joint session of the IAF with the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) on the framework of international collaborative space activities.

Committee Members


Kevin D. Foley


Igor V. Sorokin


Peter Batenburg


Rachid Amekrane
Thomas A.E. Andersen
Marius Bach
Cristian Bank
Sebastien C Barde
John-David Bartoe
Gi-Hyuk Choi
Wei Chuanfeng
Alan T. DeLuna
Reinhold Ewald
Michele Gates
Guillaume Girard
W. Michael Hawes
Mark Hempsell
Bernhard Hufenbach
Andrea Jaime Albalat
Dan King
Michael Lopez-Alegria
Joao Lousada
Kevin Miller
Eleanor Morgan
Keiji Murakami
Hiroyuki Ogo
Alain Ouellet
Annamaria Piras
Gene Rice
Dieter Sabath
Juergen Schlutz
Sam Scimemi
Sergey K. Shaevich
John Sloan
Randall E. Sweet
Andy Turnage
Rainer Willnecker
Song Zhengyu
James V Zimmerman


Raimondo Fortezza
Graham Gibbs
Anthony Gross
Pierre Jean
Maria Stella Lavitola
Ernst Messerschmid
Piero Messina
Tai Nakamura
Hjalti Pall Thorvardarson
Olga Stelmakh-Drescher
Lionel Suchet
John Uri
Thomas Weissenberg
Martin Zell