IAC 2019 PLENARY EVENTS AND HIGHLIGHT LECTURES

 

The IAC Plenary Programme features an exciting selection of high-level Plenary Sessions, Highlight Lectures and Late-breaking News events.

 

HIGHLIGHT LECTURES

Sessions

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Highlight Lecture 1: MARSIS: the successful search for liquid water on Mars

Tuesday 22 October 2019, 18:00 – 19:00
Location: Grand Ballroom B

The search for water in the liquid form on Mars has been the leitmotiv at the base of the design of instrument and missions for two decades. The presence of liquid water in Martian depts has been hypothesized over thirty years ago and it has been rejected and revived many times. Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS) was conceived to probe the subsurface up to few kilometers, successfully proposed to be on board the Mars Express mission, it is the first Radio Echo Sounding (RES) experiment operating at Mars. MARSIS has surveyed the Martian subsurface for more than twelve years looking for the so-called bright reflections: strong radar echoes. Strong echoes in different Martian locations has been detected by MARSIS during many years. Most were not caused by liquid water layers, instead caused by different effects in the propagation of the radar signals, mainly when in presence of a very cold layer of pure water and carbon dioxide ices.

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Highlight Lecture 2 : The Challenge of Exploring our Sun – the 60-year Odyssey to Parker Solar Probe

Wednesday 23 October 2019, 18:00 – 19:00

Location: Grand Ballroom B

NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe (PSP, or Parker) launched August 12, 2018 from Cape Canaveral aboard a Delta IV Heavy and is on course to travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, as close as 3.8 million miles — closer to the surface than any spacecraft before, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions — to provide the closest-ever observations of a star. Built and operated by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Parker flies through the Sun’s atmosphere to its surface. Parker Solar Probe mission will sample the solar corona to reveal how it is heated and the solar wind and solar energetic particles are accelerated. Answering these questions about the solar wind has been a top science goal for over 60 years and requires a probe travel through the hot corona within 4 million miles of the surface, but the technologies were not mature enough until this mission team began its work in 2007.

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Highlight Lecture 3 : Monitoring Coastal Waters from Space – Highlighting the Chesapeake Bay Region – Dramatic Advances Enable Better Understanding and Protection of these vital Ecosystems, and their Immense Coastal Populations and Infrastructure

Wednesday 23 October 2019, 19:00 – 19:45

Location: Grand Ballroom B

The coastal waters of Earth play an ever-increasing role in the in the economy and health of nations and the ecology and health of the oceans. Nearly 40% of the world’s human population lives within 100 km of the coast, and coastal waters are critically important for fisheries, aquaculture, recreation, transportation and tourism. Yet, the coastal waters are under severe attack from a number of quarters. This meeting of the fresh water, salt water and land thus becomes a vital junction of economic policy, ecological policy, public safety and climate change. All must be balanced for a healthy ecosystem, economy and society. Advances in our ability to monitor coastal areas from space, and effectively use that information for policy making, public safety, infrastructure protection, coastal management, and ecosystem management is critical to achieve the healthy balance. Highlighting the Chesapeake Bay area surrounding Washington D.C., this session will outline the major challenges for coastal waters and show how earth observations from space are advancing to meet information needs to address coastal challenges for societal benefit.

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PlenarY EVENTS

Sessions

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Plenary 1 : Heads of Agencies

Monday 21 October 2019, 13:15 – 14:45

Location: Grand Ballroom A,B,C

 


Plenary 2 : Host Plenary: Evolving Apollo: The Next 50 Years in Human Spaceflight

Monday 21 October 2019, 18:15 – 19:30

Location: Grand Ballroom A,B,C

In the 50 years since Neil and Buzz walked on the Moon, humans have put aside the Cold War competition that sent them there to establish a permanent (so far) presence in space. The International Space Station is arguably the crowning political and engineering achievement of the post-Apollo age. It is feeding forward to the systems – and politics – that will be needed to continue mankind’s expansion into the Solar System.

Today it seems likely humans will return to the lunar surface to stay, and to prepare for the next steps to Mars and beyond. A few governments got us this far, but there are a host of new international players with disparate capabilities eager to take a role. Our host plenary will examine the prospects for the next 50 years of human spaceflight, offering state-of-the-art commentary on the international cooperative roles of public and private players, what they may be able to achieve for society, and the pitfalls and STEM challenges that lie ahead.

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Plenary 3 : The Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space: Advancing the Space Economy and Sustaining Space Industry Through Solutions to Space Security Issue

Tuesday 22 October 2019, 08:30 – 09:30

Location: Grand Ballroom A,B,C

For most of the Space Age, the domain has been explored and exploited by a few large industrialized countries. However, in the last decade, the number of both spacefaring States and private businesses successfully developing, operating, and expanding utilization of space has grown significantly. No longer is the real economic value of space limited to space access, communications, and satellite operations. With the proliferation of space-related technology, knowledge, and expertise surging to meet the explosive global growth in supply and demand for goods and services, the cumulative value of space-related or space-dependent commerce and economic value also generates the need to address the critical issues related to space security. As in all of human history, commerce and security are deeply intertwined. Both are essential elements and considerations for a vibrant and enduring Space Economy that benefits all of humankind in our increasingly interdependent world.

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Plenary 4 : Inspiring by Leading: Building and Sustaining the Global Space Workforce for the Future

Tuesday 22 October 2019, 13:30 – 14:30

Location: Grand Ballroom A,B,C

Given this year’s IAC theme is Space: The Power of the Past, the Promise of the Future, a discussion on the future of the global space workforce is critically important and relevant. The panel will explore one of the key challenges facing the global space community – the attraction and retention of young professionals across a spectrum of career fields to the space sector. To sustain the growing space economy, new talent in scientific, technical, business, financial, legal, regulatory and other areas is vital. On the scientific and technical front, there are challenges in these fields in general, but the space community is additionally engaged in a competition for talent from other high technology sectors, especially in areas such as computer science and engineering, software development, data science, artificial intelligence, and advanced electronics. The inspiration of the Space Race of the 1960’s and 1970’s led to a generation of highly motivated engineers and scientists who today are in senior leadership positions around the world. The space race propelled young engineers into the aerospace workforce, and today, college graduates have many options in highpaying sectors in finance, venture capital markets, and high-tech commerce. What is the status of the talent pipeline for the next generation?

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Plenary 5 : Heads of Emerging Agencies

Wednesday 23 October 2019, 08:30 – 09:30

Location: Grand Ballroom A,B,C

The International Astronautic Federation (IAF) has been immensely successful in attracting the leading space nations, both from the developed and developing world, to the manifold planned events and activities. However, there are many new entrants (emerging countries) that are breaking through that have hitherto not been comparatively active within the IAF suite of activities. The challenge, therefore, remains on how to actively engage and attract these emerging countries, within the context of IAF events and activities, in a manner that supports these emerging countries in addressing specific challenges that they may be facing and also to provide a platform where their aspirations may be heard.

In this regard, the IAF has ensured that one of the IAF Vice-President position is allocated to Developing Nations and Emerging Countries. In addition, a Working Group on Developing Nations and Emerging Countries has been established in the last eighteen months, with a formalised Terms of Reference and an Implementation Plan.  The purpose of the Working Group is to (i) involve stronger participation of emerging countries in the IAF activities, (ii) provide knowledge and expertise support to these countries, and (iii) produce benefits for these countries. This strategic thrust is also in keeping with the IAF’s Global Innovation Agenda 2016-2019, particularly the targeted interventions to (i) reach out to emerging countries and connect with new communities, and (ii) foster the principles of “3-G” (geography, gender and generation) diversity within the Federation and the space sector.

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Plenary 6 : Clipper Exploring Europa: Making a Mission to Understand Our Place in the Universe #EuropaClipper

Wednesday 23 October 2019, 13:30 – 14:30

Location: Grand Ballroom A,B,C

NASA’s Europa Clipper Mission, slated to launch in the summer of 2023, will return unprecedented science from Jupiter’s moon Europa. NASA selected the Europa Clipper mission as its next outer planet flagship mission, implemented by a joint partnership between the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), leveraging two powerful, long-standing institutions’ past heritage and capability to promise the success of this awe-inspiring mission.

This proposed plenary session will explore several aspects of this mission, from the science motivation, science implementation, engineering challenges, programmatics, and public outreach, with experienced, engaging, and celebrity speakers to ensure an informative and rousing experience for session attendees.

Since the earliest civilizations, two questions have driven humanity’s curiosity: where do we come from, and are we alone? Europa, an ocean moon of Jupiter, can provide some keys to help answer those fundamental questions. We not only think there is water on Europa, but we think there is lots of it: possibly about twice as much water as all of Earth itself, all surrounded by an ice shell. Further, from Europa’s initial formation and subsequent impacts, this liquid water may have the essential elemental ingredients for life, with tidal forces from Jupiter and potential internal heat providing the needed energy to sustain life.  Lastly, while these conditions may have changed over time, they have likely been “simmering” for 4 billion years. The motivation for a focused mission to Europa is clear.

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Plenary 7 : IAC 10th Anniversary Next Generation Plenary “Harnessing citizen science for the future of Earth Observation”

Thursday 24 October 2019, 08:30 – 09:30

Location: Grand Ballroom A,B,C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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