The International Astronautical Federation

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

Founded in 1951 to foster dialogue between scientists around the world and support international cooperation in all space-related activities, the IAF continues to connect space people worldwide.

The Federation is the world’s leading space advocacy body with over 366 members, including all key space agencies, companies, societies, associations and institutes across 68 countries.

Over 40 administrative and technical committees support the Federation in its mission to advance knowledge about space and to foster the development of space assets by facilitating global cooperation.

At its annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and other thematic conferences, the IAF brings its multidisciplinary and international network to life.

Credit: NASA

Credit: NASA

the IAF’s mission

Promoting cooperation

The IAF’s International Astronautical Congress and various IAF committees provide unique collaborative platforms for experts from space agencies, industry and research

Advancing international development

The IAF is building a future of cooperation, development and international friendship, bringing together experts from experienced and emerging space nations alike

Sharing knowledge

The Federation has many well-established channels to disseminate information within its global network and the wider space community

Recognising achievements

The Federation’s prestigious awards are presented annually to individuals and groups who have distinguished themselves in the global space community

Preparing the workforce of tomorrow

To nurture new talent, the Federation has many activities targeting students and young professionals

Raising awareness

The global network of the IAF, and IAF publications, help promote the public appreciation of space activities worldwide