Space Exploration Committee (2018-2021)

Objective/Scope of Committee

The Committee deals with both robotic and human spacecraft missions for space exploration in general and solar system exploration in particular. This includes the design of exploratory spacecraft and their trajectories, mission design and operations, and the science payloads for these missions. This also includes all aspects of radio science and in-situ and remote sensing science using interplanetary spacecraft, earth satellites, space stations and lunar and Mars bases.

The Committee shall deal with the entire temporal spectrum of exploration missions from advanced concepts through the actual conduct of missions and their results.

The Committee shall have a particular interest in Space Exploration associated with astrobiology and fundamental physics.

The Committee should particularly cooperate with the IAF and the IAA committees on Space Systems, Astrodynamics, Earth Observations, Power, Propulsion, Space Transportation and Space Station.

Committee Members


Christian Sallaberger

Chair Emeritis

William J. O’Neil


Vincenzo Giorgio
Keyur Patel


Khaled Al Hashmi
Pierre W. Bousquet
Charles Cockrell
Sylvie Espinasse
Amalia Ercoli Finzi
Bernard Foing
Norbert Frischauf
Nadeem Ghafoor
Mariella Graziano
Marc Haese
Junichiro Kawaguchi
Mike Kearns
Gilbert Kirkham
David Korsmeyer
Kathy Laurini
Zhenxing Liu
Susan McKenna-Lawlor
Alain Ouellet
Maria Antonietta Perino
Michael Raftery
Marc D. Rayman
Cheryl Reed
Giuseppe Reibaldi
Eun-Sup Sim
Stephan Ulamec
Victor Vorontsov
James V. Zimmerman


Konstantin M. Pichkhadze
Gennaro Russo
Gerhard Schwehm