10th IAASS Conference – “Making Safety Happen”


The tenth IAASS Conference “Making Safety Happen” is an invitation to reflect and exchange information on a number of topics in space safety and sustainability of national and international interest. The conference is also a forum to promote mutual understanding, trust, and the widest possible international cooperation in such matters. The once exclusive “club” of nations with autonomous space access capabilities is becoming crowded with fresh, and ambitious new entrants. New commercial spaceports and near-spaceports are in operations and others are being built.

In the manned spaceflight arena, a commercial market is now a reality with government use of commercial services for cargo and crew transportation to orbit, and with plans for mixed government and commercial operations on Moon missions. Besides the national ambitions in space, the international cooperation both civil and commercial is also gaining momentum, in particular during emergencies.

Space bound systems and aviation traffic are sharing more and more a crowded airspace, while aviation is increasingly relying on space-based safety-critical services. New systems are populating the near-space region (18-160 km) thus requiring the definition of an “ad-hoc” legal regime for such intermediate region. Air launches are a new important segment of the launch business that require the establishment of ICAO regulations. Finally, most nations own nowadays space assets of various kind and purpose, which are under the constant threat of collision with other spacecraft and with the ever increasing number of space debris. Awareness is increasing internationally (as solemnly declared since decades in space treaties) that space is a mankind asset and that we all have the duty of caring for it. Without proactive and courageous international initiatives to establish an international regulatory framework for space traffic management we risk to negate access and use of space to future generations.

The 10th IAASS Conference will in addition to normal sessions dedicate a set of panel sessions to four topics which need to get better attention in space programs: International Space Traffic Management, Space Debris Reentry Risk for Aviation, Safety Standards for Commercial Human Spaceflight, and International Cooperation for Emergencies on the Moon