IAF and the Association of Space Explorers to host a joint Session at the 30th Planetary Congress in Toulouse (16 – 20 October 2017)

In continuation of a fruitful partnership the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) will host a joint technical session at the ASE 30th Planetary Congress in Toulouse (16 – 20 October 2017).


The Session will focus on “The International Space Station – Its Challenges and Rewards” and will take place on Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 15:00 – 16:30 at the Cité de l’espace in Toulouse.

It will be chaired by Reinhold Ewald (ASE) and Christian Feichtinger (IAF Executive Director) and will address the challenges posed by the International Space Station, specifically its maintenance over long periods of time. What are the new interests one finds in this perpetual challenge? Astronauts, engineers and scientists will attempt to answer this question.

Panel participants will be:

  • Alexander Nitsch, ISS Increment Manager (ESA), “Sending Supplies to the ISS”
  • Jeffrey Williams, Astronaut (NASA), “Receiving Supplies at ISS”
  • Hervé Cottin, Professor (Université Paris-Est Créteil),  “Researching Astrobiology on ISS”
  • Kathleen Rubins, Astronaut (NASA), “Sequencing DNA on ISS”


Follow the session live streaming here: http://www.ase2017.fr/index.php?langue=en&onglet=13&acces=&idUser=&emailUser


More information on ASE can be found here: http://www.space-explorers.org/

More information on the 30th Planetary Congress can be found here: http://www.ase2017.fr