The International Astronautical Federation

“A space-faring world cooperating for the benefit of humanity”

Founded in 1951, the International Astronautical Federation is the world’s leading space advocacy body with 397 members in 69 countries, including all leading space agencies, companies, research institutions, universities, societies, associations, institutes and museums worldwide.

Following its motto “Connecting @ll Space People” and its theme “A space-faring world cooperating for the benefit of humanity”, the Federation advances knowledge about space, supporting the development and application of space assets by promoting global cooperation.

As organizer of the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) – world’s premier global space event – and other thematic events, the IAF actively encourages the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes and supports the dissemination of scientific and technical information related to space.

History and missions

Founded in 1951, the International Astronautical Federation is the world’s leading space advocacy body with 397 members in 69 countries, including all leading space agencies, companies, research institutions, universities, societies, associations, institutes and museums worldwide.

Governance

The IAF is a non-profit non-governmental organization set up in 1951 under French law.

IAF Committees

The IAF Administrative Committees provide specialized advice and recommendations to the IAF, supporting the Federation’s work.

IAF secretariat team

The IAF Secretariat is a small but dynamic team based in Paris, France. We work hard every day with unwavering enthusiasm to ensure a smooth coordination and management of all IAF activities and events.

Partner Organizations

All IAF Partner Organizations

IAF Testimonials

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