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.

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