Space Transportation Committee (2018-2021)

Committee Members  


Jäger Markus


• Kendall Randy L.

YANG Yuguang



• Aso Shigeru

• Belokonov Igor V.

• Bérend Nicolas

BONNAL Christopher

• Chaize Mathieu


• Cockrell Jr. Charles E.

• Cook Jerry

• Cook Stephan A.

• Creech Steve

DAVID Emmanuelle

• de Matteis Pier Paolo

Decadi Aline


• Faulconer Walter

• Gavira Izquierdo José

• Gerard Yves

• Glass David E.

• Guédron Sylvain

• Harr Jon

• Hiraiwa Tetsuo


• Huebner Lawrence D.

Igarashi Iwao

Inatani Yoshifumi

• Kobald Mario

• Kunz Oliver

Lassmann Jens

• Mihara Yorichika

• Morris K. Bruce

• Nakanishi Hidemasa

• Nonaka Satoshi

• Palmnäs Ulf

• Pinier Jeremy

• Püttmann Norbert

• Roviera Pier Michele

• Rufolo Giuseppe

• Ruhhammer Florian

• Russo Gennaro

• Sakay Danilo

• Santoro Francesco


• Silva Melo Michele Cristina

• Sippel Martin

• Smith Bryan


• Staudt Markus

• Stenovec Gerald M.

• Storozh Alexander D.

• Sundaram Ramakrishnan

• Tumino Giorgio

• Vellanki Seshagiri Rao


• Weaver Aaron

• Wiedemann Josef

• Yamashiro Ryoma


• Kiang Charlotte

• Yanqian Liang

• Maddock Christie

• Skolmli Jan


• Parkinson Robert C.

Objective/scope of the committee

The Space Transportation Committee activities address space transportation solutions and innovations worldwide. Its goal is to foster understanding and cooperation amongst the world’s space-faring organisations.

The corresponding activities are devoted to different types of space transportation missions, systems (launch vehicle system and/or the propulsion stages, expendable or reusable, manned or unmanned) and to their safety and support operations.

Committee rules for membership applications and renewal

The members represent a wide span of worldwide organisations; the membership should be equilibrated among the various countries.

To that effect, new members are elected by present members during one of the two yearly meetings of the Committee after presenting themselves with a short biography.

Membership shall be effective: if a member never participates in the Committee meetings, its departure from the Committee may be proposed by the members.

The Committee members designate two Coordinators among them; tradition to have one US Coordinator associated with one non-US one has proven so far to be efficient. Coordinators serve for a 4 year period, 2 years separating their two nominations. They can be re-selected for other terms if the members decide to.

The Chairmen and Rapporteurs for the various sessions of up-coming congresses are exclusively chosen among the Committee members in order to guarantee some continuity in action from year to year; they shall be selected trying to represent harmoniously the diversity of the Committee.

Symposiums/sessions at the iac

  • D2.1. Launch Vehicles in Service or in Development
  • D2.2. Launch Services, Missions, Operations and Facilities
  • D2.3. Upper Stages, Space Transfer, Entry and Landing Systems
  • D2.4. Future Space Transportation Systems
  • D2.5. Future Space Transportation Systems Technologies
  • D2.6. Future Space Transportation Systems Verification and In-Flight Experimentation
  • D2.7: Small Launchers: Concepts and Operations
  • D2.8. Joint Session on Going To and Beyond the Earth-Moon System: Human Missions to Mars, Libration Points and NEO’s (Joint Session with A5.4)
  • D2.9: Thematic session, reviewed annually in consideration of the IAC’s location.

In 2013: Solutions for Human Flights in China (co-sponsored by IAA Commission III)

Technical meetings or events outside of the iac

Two meetings per year:

  • one on the Sunday prior to the IAC
  • one during the IAF Spring meeting

Corresponding Minutes of Meeting available on the IAF web site

Other committee activities

Exchange of information among the members all year long.