GLEX 2017 PLENARIES AND KEYNOTE LECTURES

GLEX 2017 Plenary Programme features an exciting selection of high-level Plenary Sessions and Keynote Lectures events.

To have more information on the different plenaries and speakers, please click on the respective title

Monday 5 June 2017

13:00 – 17:00 Registration


14:00 – 17:00 ILOA Astronomy from the Moon and International Human Moon Missions

Location: Beijing International Convention Center (BICC) – Room 201 A


14:00 – 18:00 Space Up
18:00 – 19:30 Space Up Reception
17:00 – 18:00 IPC Meeting 


Tuesday 6 June 2017
08:00 – 18:00 Registration
08:00 – 09:00 Welcome Tea


09:00 – 10:00 Opening Ceremony


10:00 – 11:30 Heads of Agencies Plenary – HoA

Location: Beijing International Convention Center (BICC) – Hall 2

The Heads of Agencies plenary event is one of the highlight of GLEX2017, bringing together the leaders of the major space agencies worldwide. The Heads of Agencies Plenary will focus on the theme “Global Space Exploration”.


11:30 – 13:30 Technical Sessions
11:30 – 13:30 Global Networking Forum


13:30 – 15:00 IDEA Luncheon
All GLEX 2017 delegates, including Chinese and international students, young professionals, engineers, scientists, space leaders and VIPs are invited to participate. The Luncheon will be moderated by Dr. Jean- Yves Le Gall, IAF President. Highlights of the event will be a Keynote by Mr. YANG Baohua, Chair of Local Organizing Committee, Vice President of Chinese Society of Astronautics and Vice President of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation on “The 3G Contribution of China’s Space Development”.


15:00 – 16:15 Host Plenary 2 – The Development and Prospect of China’s Space

Location: Beijing International Convention Center – Hall 2

China’s space industry has developed rapidly and the space activities have played increasingly a more and more important role in China’s economic and social development.This plenary will bring together distinguished experts from local and abroad to introduce China’s developments in major space program, including manned spaceflight, lunar exploration, the Beidou Navigation System and high-resolution earth observation system, and substantial achievements in space science, technology and applications, and addresses.This plenary will also address China’s major future tasks and key areas for future cooperation and envision China’s comprehensive plan in the future. The plenary will also address international cooperation for a comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable development of world’s space industry.


16:15 – 16:45 Keynote Lecture 1: ESA’s Vision for The International Cooperation on The Moon 

Location: Beijing International Convention Center – Hall 2

International cooperation means sharing views, joining forces, taking stock of complementarity and diversity, building on each other’s interests, strengths and capabilities.
The Moon is open to any and all interested parties and nations. All disciplines are concerned: from robotic to astronauts activities, from science to applications, from looking in to looking out at our Universe.
From a scientific perspective, the Moon is truly fascinating. Be it as the natural archive of Earth’searly history or be it as a viewing platform using its far side to stare deep into the Universe without any interference from human made signals. From a technological perspective, it offers a test bed for new methods and new technologies, such as additive manufacturing, that could potentially make use of locally available resources.
The concept of a Moon Village should be a source of fascination and inspiration, an opportunity to awaken renewed interest in STEM subjects, with benefits being felt well beyond the world of space. International cooperation bring interested parties together seeking for coordinationand exploitation of potential synergies.
Moon Village is not a single project, nor a fixed plan with a defined time table. It’s a vision for an open architecture and an international community initiative.


16:45 – 17:15 Networking Tea Break
17:15 – 19:15 Technical Sessions
17:15 – 19:15 Global Networking Forum
19:15 – 21:15 Welcome Reception


Wednesday 7 June 2017

08:00 – 18:00 Registration
08:00 – 09:00 Welcome Tea


09:00 – 09:30 Keynote Lecture 2: Recent Developments in Lockheed Martin’s Human Space Exploration Program

Beijing International Convention Center – Hall 2

2017 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for human spaceflight efforts. SLS and Orion are producing hardware and getting ready for Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1). The Commercial Crew program may have its first test flights. NASA is studying designs for the next step in deep space exploration, the lunar orbiting space portal. But perhaps even more importantly, the new U.S. administration and new NASA administrator will be making decisions determining the future human spaceflight architectures in low earth orbit and in deep space. This keynote address will summarize the current efforts at Lockheed Martin on the different human spaceflight programs. It will include the latest status on the EM-1 mission, which is in full assembly and test.  If results are available from the study to add crew to EM-1 or the Orion backup to ISS study, those will be presented. Progress for the first planned crewed mission for Orion, Exploration Mission 2 (EM-2) will be detailed. The current plans for the production phase of Orion, including the possibility of a 50% cost reduction for Orion, will be described. Lockheed Martin is also one of the organizations providing a cubesat for launch on EM-1. Sky Fire will demonstrate deep space cubesat operation and take scientific data as it flies by the moon. In addition to operational programs, Lockheed Martin is also studying future concepts for the exploration of the moon and Mars. Lockheed Martin is participating in NASA’s NextSTEP program for cislunar orbital habitation concepts, and will be performing work as part of a phase II study contract. This public-private partnership study also includes internal research and development funding. Lockheed Martin’s architecture for the orbital vehicle will be described, showing how it affordably provides NASA capability to meet exploration proving ground objectives. Progress on the development and research tasks will be provided. Progress on the Mars Base Camp concepts for human Mars exploration will also be described, including new innovative concepts for a reusable descent and ascent vehicle to enable short missions to the surface on follow-on missions to the initial orbital missions.


09:30 – 10:30 Plenary 3: Fostering International Cooperation for Space Exploration – The Importance of The International Space Exploration Coordination Group

Beijing International Convention Center – Hall 2

15 Space Agencies (ASI, CNES, CNSA, CSA, CSIRO, DLR, ESA, ISRO, JAXA, KARI, NASA, NSAU, Roscosmos, UAESA, UKSA) are active participants in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG), an inter-agency coordination forum to advance the implementation of individual and collective space exploration. The ISECG was formed in 2007 in response to the Global Exploration Strategy (GES).  ISECG is best known for the development and maintenance of the Global Exploration Roadmap (GER). This roadmap describes a common view of participating agencies for advancing, in a step-wise manner, the implementation of the GES.The GER is used today as a reference document for international space exploration, providing common goals and objectives, information on plans for the near-term mission scenarios and the status of human exploration preparatory activities of ISECG participating agencies.  The GER provides an important source of information for industry, academia and research institutions and has been taken note of at political level, including at the meetings of the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF) which was last held in January 2014 upon the invitation of the US government.The plenary session will highlight past ISECG achievements and current activities and provide perspectives in fostering global cooperation for space exploration among participating ISECG space agencies. It will be structured in three parts:

  • Introduction to the work of ISECG, recalling the publication of the GES, the establishment and scope of ISECG and its impacts after 10 years of operations.
  • Introduction to the GER, including an outlook on its 3rd iteration to be published before end 2017.
  • Panel discussion on themes to be reflected in the next GER, including on visions, enablers and barriers for future multi-lateral cooperation, and the role of private sector.

10:30 – 11:00 Networking Tea Break
11:00 – 13:00 Technical Sessions
11:00 – 13:00 Global Networking Forum
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break


14:30 – 15:30 Plenary 4: The Role of African Space Nations in Global Space Exploration

Beijing International Convention Center – Hall 2

Winning the battle of convincing their governments to invest in space technology and applications has been a great achievement for African space nations. The governments of these space authorities continue to fund space programmes dependent on the support the programmes provide to government activities, more so to activities around socio-economic benefits/challenges and development. As these African space nations advance, they draw experience and enthusiasm from the faring space nations, proving that international cooperation is key in advancing any space programme.

The difference between space programmes of emerging space nations and those of faring space nations is evident in the maturity of their programmes and the progressive discussions on space exploration projects and the implementation thereof. Space exploration projects are capital-intensive!

Heads of African Space Agencies shall share their views on the relevance of space exploration in a nation that is challenged with socio- economic ills. They shall share their space exploration plans and what they perceive their role to be in the broader scheme of things.

The panel discussions will also highlight the following:

  • The meaning of space exploration to an African space nation
  • The socio-economic benefits of space exploration to an African space nation
  • The value of African space nations in global space exploration

15:30 – 16:00 Keynote Lecture 3: China’s Chang’e- 5 Lunar Probe and China’s Deep Space Exploration Mission

Beijing International Convention Center – Hall 2

This keynote lecture will focus on Chnang’e-5 lunar probe. China will fulfill the three strategic steps of “orbiting, landing and returning” for the lunar exploration project by launching the Chang’e-5 lunar probe by the end of 2017 and realizing regional soft landing, sampling and return. Through the lunar exploration project, topographic and geological surveys will be implemented and laboratory research conducted on lunar samples; geological survey and research as well as low-frequency radio astronomy observation and research will be carried out targeting the landing area on the far side of the moon for a better understanding of the formation and evolution of the moon. The lecture will also introduce the development and prospects of China’s deep space exploration programs.


16:00 – 16:30 Networking Tea Break


16:30 – 17:00 Keynote Lecture 4 from Buzz Aldrin: Cycling Pathways to Mars


17:00 – 19:00 Technical Sessions
17:00 – 19:00 Global Networking Forum
19:30 – 20:00 Transportation
20:00 – 21:15 Gala Dinner


Thursday 8 June 2017

08:00 – 09:00 Registration & Welcome Tea


09:00 – 09:30 Keynote Lecture 5: At the Crossroads of Space Exploration: the Thales Alenia Space Contributions 

Building upon a solid international cooperation experience in the field of robotic exploration and human spaceflights, Thales Alenia Space is involved in significant activities and programs meant to generate the needed new-generation systems and technologies that will enable the next steps in exploration. This keynote will present an overview of the major on-going and future developments and will show how they fit within the global challenge of space exploration


09:30 – 10:00 Keynote Lecture 6: Space Launch Vehicle’s Development in China

Beijing International Convention Center – Hall 2

Space transportation system is the foundation of developing space technology and ensuring the space activities, the carrier of large-scale development and utilization of space resources, as well as the important impetus to the development of national economy. China space transportation system started in 1960s and has made remarkable achievements with 50 years development. Currently, China space transportation system features with Long March (LM) series launch vehicles and Yuanzheng (YZ) series upper stages, including  China’s new generation launch vehicles: LM-5 and LM-7. The future heavy launch vehicle and reusable launch vehicle (RLV) are under development to further enhance the capability and lower the cost to access space. China has a long history of international cooperation in space exploration. China has been willing to carry out international cooperation, to develop space technology and share the fruits with the world.


10:00 – 10:30 Keynote Lecture 7: The Fabulous Journey of Interplanetary Exploration at Airbus

Beijing International Convention Center – Hall 2

Airbus Defence & Space has been extremely active over the last decade on developing unique robotic exploration missions which travel to every “corner” of the solar system, from the Sun itself to Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and the famous comet Churyumov-Gerisiamenko encountered by Rosetta and on which Philae landed, in a world premiere.This keynote will present an overview of the major interplanetary exploration missions developed by Airbus, from those already flown (Rosetta, Mars Express, Venus Express) to those in development: JUICE exploring the Jupiter Icy Moons Callisto, Ganymede and Europa, Bepi-Colombo travelling to Mercury, Solar Orbiter, ExoMars Rover. The technical and programmatic challenges of each mission, the characteristics of the spacecraft and the key technologies employed will be described for all these different satellites.


10:30 – 11:00 Networking Tea Break
11:00 – 13:00 Technical Sessions
11:00 – 13:00 Global Networking Forum
13:00 – 14:30 Poster Presentations Lunch


14:30 – 15:00 Keynote Lecture 8: Prospect of China’s Deep Space Exploration

Beijing International Convention Center – Hall 2

Briefly introduce China deep space future goals, principles, capacity, implementation plans, mission plans, and important scientific issues. This presentation focuses on engineering and technology problems which have to be overcome by China, as well as perspectives on China’s deep space exploration mission design and engineering technology development.


15:00 – 15:30 Keynote Lecture 9: The Open Experimental Resources of Serve Payloads for International Cooperation Onboard Space Station

Beijing International Convention Center – Hall 2

The China Manned Space Engineering Office, on behalf of Chinese government, has made a strategic framework with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs to offer opportunities on the application of Chinese Space Station to members of United Nations. In this framework, China will open the experimental resources on Chinese Space Station to serve payloads for international cooperation. The members of United Nations, especially developing countries, could conduct scientific and technical experiment on Chinese Space Station. Moreover, China will help astronauts and payload specialists from developing countries to enter into space.In this background, we introduce the open experimental resource to serve payloads on Chinese Space Station and propose the possible technical approach to develop international cooperation. It will help us to know what can be utilized to preform experiment on Chinese Space Station and make a good fundament for international cooperation.


15:30 – 16:00 Networking Tea Break
16:00 – 18:00 Technical Sessions
16:00 – 18:00 Global Networking Forum
18:00 – 18:30 Closing Ceremony
The GLEX 2017 Closing Ceremony comprises conclusions remarks from Pascale Ehrenfreund, IAF Vice President for Global Conferences. To follow, reports on the several Plenaries, Keynotes, GNFs and Technical Sessions presented by the GLEX 2017 IPC Co-Chairs, Christian Sallaberger and Li Ming. GLEX LOC Chair also present the Conference highlight video. To finish, CSA officially opens the Chang’e 5 Lunar Probe’ Return-China’s Lunar Exploration Program-VR/AR Competition.This competition is jointly organised by CSA and China Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center.


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