Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Monday 21 October 09:00 – 11:00

Location: Grand Ballroom A,B,C

This year’s Opening Ceremony tells our collective, international story of limitless exploration and inspiration…of promise and discovery…of global community…collaboration and cooperation. It is an extraordinary narrative that has affected the lives of every human being on the planet in big ways and small. Our multi-layered theatrical production will portray this journey with bold imagery, video, and live performance, bringing to life the milestones that mark the power of the past and celebrate the promise of the future.

Master of Ceremony:

Leon Harris

News4 Anchor,

United States

Welcome Addresses:

Jean-Yves Le Gall

President,

International Astronautical Federation (IAF),

France

John S. Langford

President,

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA),

United States

Richard F. Ambrose

Executive Vice President, Space,

Lockheed Martin Corporation,

United States

James Bridenstine

Administrator,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States

IAC 2019 Official Opening:

Jean-Yves Le Gall

President,

International Astronautical Federation (IAF),

France

Peter Jankowitsch

President,

International Academy of Astronautics (IAA),

Austria

Kai-Uwe Schrogl

President,

International Institute of Space Law (IISL),

Germany

Arnau Pons

Chair,

Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC),

Spain

 

 

At the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony production we are pleased to welcome the honorable Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States, to address IAC delegates. Following Vice President Pence’s remarks, the IAF will bestow the 2019 World Space Award.

Speakers:

Mike Pence

Vice President,

United States

Daniel L. Dumbacher

Executive Director,

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA),

United States

Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

Friday 25 October 16:45 – 17:45

Location: Grand Ballroom A,B,C

The Closing Ceremony provides a formal end to the activities of the IAC. There will be a video summary of the week’s highlights, presentation of awards, and at the end of the ceremony, the Congress flag will be handed over to the next host country – United Arab Emirates.

Master of Ceremony:

Minoo Rathnasabapathy

Vice President for Education and Workforce Development,

International Astronautical Federation (IAF),

France

IAF Excellence In Industry Award Ceremony and Fireside Chat

IAF Excellence in Industry Award Ceremony and Fireside Chat with Jeff Bezos

Tuesday 22 October 08:00 – 08:30

Location: Grand Ballroom A,B

The IAF Excellence in Industry Award recognizes an industry organization for outstanding and sustainable advancements in space, showing the merits of leadership in developing and executing landmark commercial and civil space missions and for being a role model for cooperation in the global space industry workforce.
For its first awardee, the IAF has selected Blue Origin for its significant and sustainable contribution towards enabling an enduring human presence in space through its New Shepard launch system and BE-3 liquid hydrogen rocket engine. Designed for human spaceflight and operational reusability, New Shepard has made 11 historic flights to space. These missions have
long-term benefits destined to ignite a new era of commercial human access to space at a dramatically lower cost and with increased reliability.

To receive the award on behalf of Blue Origin, its founder Jeff Bezos, will take part in a fireside chat with IAF Incoming President, Pascale Ehrenfreund.

Introduction and Award Presentation:

Jean-Yves Le Gall

President,

International Astronautical Federation (IAF),

France

Bruce Chesley

Vice President for Industry Relations,

International Astronautical Federation (IAF),

United States

 

Fireside Chat:

Pascale Ehrenfreund

Incoming President,

International Astronautical Federation (IAF),

Austria

Jeff Bezos

Founder,

Blue Origin,

United States