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International Aeronautical Federation Spring Meeting

Landing in Paris, I was surprised to see cherry blossoms lining along the streets. Charles de Gaulle was busy as usual, if not even busier.

It started off with parallel meetings at the International Academy of Astronautics catching up on meetings and the latest developments over the year. Running parallel across the river was the Moon Village Association on their latest development and news.

As committee members from Space resource to space exploration, from human space flight to entrepreneurship, one could sense the International Aeronautical Federation and strong sense of community. The spring meeting was held at NewCap located a stone throw’s away from Eiffel Tower. It was a wonderful feeling, knowing full well the meeting was along the river.

Delegates entered through the door, greeted by IAF staff and most importantly bidding countries for the next IAC after UAE 2020. The Global Network Forum at the IAF was one of the highlights of the Spring Meeting. The focus was on Geography, Generation and Gender. Launched by the IAF President, Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall the goal includes:

Geographical diversity and global reach have been traditional features of the IAF since its creation. Attracting the young generation has been in the focus of the IAF during the recent years with manifold newly created activities and programmes tuned to this target community. This has resulted in a significant increase of the number of young people engaged and participating in IAF activities. Gender diversity is still an area where strong progress needs to be achieved. Dedicated promotion of opportunities for female space actors within the Federation and the space sector in general, presenting successful role models and encouraging the young generation of the female space community to aim for leadership positions shall help to reach a balanced and inclusive representation within the governance of the IAF, its Technical and Administrative Committees, as well as the IAC speakers’ and authors’ community.


Implementing the “3G” Diversity Focus as part of the IAF Global Innovation Agenda 2016 – 2019 calls for the creation of an IAF Platform which will allow the Federation to take a leading role in the effort to promote and advance diversity and equality principles amongst a global space community, become an exemplary organisation in terms of geographical, generational, gender and any other diversity aspects, and live up to its motto Connecting @ll Space People.

IAF “3G” IDEA provides a framework for an intensive and open exchange on diversity and equality aspects within the IAF and amongst IAF member organisations as well as potential IAF members and other organisations promoting diversity. On the basis of IAF “3G” IDEA, events of different nature shall be organized during the annual International Astronautical Congress, IAF Global Conferences, IAF Spring Meetings and other occasions, focusing on “3G” diversity topics. Such events can be, but are not limited to:

  • Keynotes or lectures
  • Moderated panel discussions
  • Networking events
  • Mentoring sessions
  • Social events
  • “Diversity” Luncheons or Dinners
  • Competitions and awards ceremonies

Focus of these events shall be to contribute to:

Focus of these events shall be to contribute to:

  • Connecting and engaging space communities in remote areas to IAF activities;
  • Further increasing the involvement of and the offer to the young generation within the Federation and its activities;
    • Reviving the IAF mentoring programme;
  • Attracting specifically the female space community to become active and take over leadership within IAF bodies;
  • Providing an international platform to connect gender diversity organisations from different countries, such as WIA US, WIA Europe, WIA Canada, WIA Africa, WIA Japan, etc.
  • Establishing IAF focus on all diversity aspects and promoting diversity as a basic principle to the entire global space community.

One certainly felt the presence of GNF events and increasing importance also at the Annual IAC conferences. As the IAC2019 would be in DC, there is much anticipation and excitement as it is the 50 years since the Apollo landing.

Once again as a space conference of the greatest breath and depth, the organisers announced that it had the largest number of submitted abstracts well into the 4000s and over 80 plenaries were proposed for 6 slots.

For the upcoming days, particularly on the last day it would be a great challenge for Chairs of committees to select papers for DC. Due to the considerably high numbers of submissions for oral submissions, it has indirectly also resulted in larger number of interactive submissions. What that has caused is almost like a second round of selections, particularly in relation to interactive sessions. It’s important the those whom submit abstracts understand this, because on the contrary to belief, submitting for an interactive session could actually be slightly harder to get accepting, depending on the kind of committee and what the potential category the author submitted their abstract in.

Being part of the process as VP for the Enterprise Risk Management Committee and as Rapporteur for the Space Resources Technologies, Systems, Missions and Policies Committee one can see how the process is not straight forward, particularly as Chairs assess which papers get accepted, put forward for interactive sessions or rejected.

There is an art to this kind of selection. As committee members we sit, discuss and engage in the topics of what is written in the abstract, what is mentioned, what is left out, what needs more work. It is in fact, rather academic, with a healthy dose of practicality as well.

One of the greatest joys in being part of this process is to engage with colleagues from different walks of life, countries and backgrounds in discussing abstracts of mutual interest. For instance, when we discuss risk management, we ask our selves, what is it? What does it mean? How do they access it? What process do they talk to avoid it? Are there contradictions? How can risk managers make better decisions?

The few days flew by, with a few individuals recognised for their achievements, with visions from leaders from various space agencies and also looking forward to UAE2020.

DC is going be great – if we were to access solely based on the abstracts submitted. Even if it’s not that, the fact that the IAC is going to be held in Washington DC is a highlight unto itself. Somehow it seems so appropriate to celebrate 50 years of space in the US. Indirectly we are celebrating the work of NASA and all space agencies or countries whom have contributed to space. Directly, it is about celebration of space and throughout the year we can look forward to events, seminars and upcoming publications on celebrating space.

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Space safety/Space Traffic Management programs




According to Aerospace corporation, “Space traffic management is the classification of services designed to help satellite operators avoid physical or operational conflicts. Commercial, civil, academic, and international entities all contribute to the development of procedures to ensure universal spaceflight safety by creating actionable predictions, early warnings, and sound avoidance maneuvers.”

The implementation and enforcement of space traffic management (STM) policies and regulations will be extremely complex and expensive for governments of spacefaring nations and all users of the near-Earth space domain. Compared to air traffic management, the challenges of managing low-orbital traffic will be orders of magnitude more sophisticated.





The underlying reasons include:

  • High orbital speeds of near-Earth satellites, 25 times greater than jet aircraft
  • Lack of the ability of satellite to responsively execute avoidance maneuvers
  • Difficulty of assessing real-time and precise collision probabilities
  • Presence of millions of uncontrolled and dangerous resident space objects (RSOs) that share the most-congested region of space as operating satellites
  • Complexity of reaching an agreement with all spacefaring nations regarding space traffic issues
  • Development of regulations that are fair and balanced without excessively restricting space traffic and related operations
  • Creation of centralized space traffic controller and enforcement systems
  • Achieving satellite operator compliance related to additional onboard traffic management hardware, operational restrictions and licensing processes





Due to the envisaged growth of smallsat constellations and space craft, including human space flight, some authorities suggest there needs to be great air traffic control regulations, even ‘zones of exception’ for satellite operators.

According to Marshall Kaplan, “It is important to note that most satellites operating in the geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO) belt, at about 36,000 kilometers altitude, are already under a space traffic management system. For all practical purposes, GEO spacecraft operate in, or near, the equatorial plane and move in the same direction at the same speed. Since they are synchronous with the Earth’s rotation, STM operations are achieved by simply assigning orbital slots, corresponding to longitudes, over which these satellites remain stationary relative to Earth.”

It is envisaged that the LEO zone, between about 550 kilometers and 1,200 kilometers altitude would be greatly congested.  With more than 10,000 new satellites being prepared for launch into LEOs in the next few years, traffic may well be congested and hence STM is essential in order to guarantee future access and use of the LEO zone.




Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Programme

A European capability to monitor the space environment for hazards, both natural and human-made that could impact assets in orbit or populations and infrastructure on the ground.

Establishment of a space weather (SWE) forecasting service based on existing and to-be-developed assets, including new SWE instruments; a SWE mission to a Lagrange point (L1 or L5); hosted payload missions for SWE instruments; a network of Near Earth Object (NEO) survey telescopes; small satellites for SSA payloads less than 100 kg and Participating States’ subscriptions for 2017–20.




Asteroid Impact Mission

Provide a companion observatory and microlander mission for the NASA DART impactor, which will strike the small moon orbiting the Didymos binary asteroid.



Launch in 2020 and encounter with Didymos in 2022.


The mission provides a first essay of planetary defence, an international cooperation, science and education return and a test for advanced planetary exploration technologies.


Cleaning space

e.Deorbit/Tug Maturation Phase

Remove a single large ESA-owned debris from orbit, which will be the first-ever active debris removal mission.

Completion of Phase-B2 definition, ready for implementation by 2019.


A high-profile mission providing large visibility on the global stage for all actors involved. It will place European industry at the forefront of the world’s active removal efforts and space tug applications, providing a competitive advantage for all industry involved.


ESA concept for active debris deorbit mission



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Keio University Space Law Symposium I – Space Traffic Management


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The Keio University Space Law Symposium jointly organised with JAXA was held at Keio University on 25 February 2019.  There was a breadth of topics and speakers as follows:

モデレータ:小塚 荘一郎(学習院大学法学部教授)
Dr. Alexander Soucek(欧州宇宙機関 法務官、欧州宇宙法研究センター 研究員)
Mr. Niklas Hedman(国連宇宙部 政策・法務・委員会課長)
Professor Saadia Pekkanen(米国ワシントン大学教授)
佐藤 雅彦(JAXA 評価・監査部長)
新谷 美保子(TMI 法律事務所 弁護士)
高屋 友里(東京大学政策ビジョン研究センター 客員研究員)
増田 史子(岡山大学大学院 社会文化科学研究科教授)

The topic of space debris was an important topic of interest.  Not least because of environmental concerns, in accordance with Sustainable Develop goals and also because of space security concerns.

There was a concise summary of not just interpreting current laws, but also in relation to current practical policies and also on ITAR.  The audience was primarily from academia, students and practitioners and it is clear that more practitioners and even businesses need to be engaged in such discussions.

Some of the points also raised concerns about current space law policies, areas in which were worked on in the year, and one speaker summarised research areas of interest as follows:

  • ITU on international frequencies and orbital positions in ITU
  • Workings of COPUOS
  • Issues on guidelines for long term sustainability of outer space
  • issues on Space Traffic Management
  • PAROS – Prevention of an arms race in outer space
  • Issues on MILAOS

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source: Scientific American

Issues such as definitions and revisiting the topic of ‘Peaceful uses of Outerspace’ was a topic of great interest.  One of the speakers raised the issue of how some of the international treaties marry up with the Japanese Constitution where some of the challenges including definition of the scope and breadth of terms.

For example, for the term of active debris removal, current legislation may not be adequate.  Moreover, space debris could be considered a weapon, of course pending circumstances and judgement.

One of the representatives spoke from the floor from the Space Policy Department and mentioned the number of policies that they had in place in relation to Space debris removal.



Space Traffic Management

Mr. Yu Takeuchi of JAXA spoke on the Space Traffic Management system.  There is a crucial role for Space Situational Awareness.  Currently, there is a space surveillance network which is run by USSTRATCOM Combed Space OPeration Center (CSpOC) and via, they provide TLE through their website and allows for alerts through email to analyse data from satellite operators around the world.

Through SSA Sharing Agreements in which 12 nations, 2 international organisations and 20 commercial operators are engaged in, this military, governmental and commercial satellite operators provides for greater information sharing.

Mega constellations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO)  and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) could pose potential issues in relation to space traffic management.  As it is envisaged that there are increasing interests of companies in launching smallsats including OneWeb and SpaceX the observation systems on earth ought to be upgraded.  One would think that the earth observation systems would be updated.  One aspect that would be upgraded first would be the space fence, and currently being constructed in the Cayman Islands and are radar facilities that could detect smaller satellites.

The US Airforce currently tracks approximately 20,000 space objects.  The Space force will enable us to see 10x that amount with better accuracy, precision and timeliness.  Mr. Yu seems to suggest, however, whilst there is more precision in detecting debris, there could also be greater increases in false alerts.

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It is envisaged that spacial density after mega constellations and space fence would increase in concentration primarily in the 600-1000 altitude (km).  The argument for Space Traffic Management is necessary because of concerns of collision or reversely a desire for collision avoidance.  Satellites would need to go up or down in altitude otherwise, constellations may not work.  An example would be OneWeb’s vision.

STM is a concept of managing space activities as traffic.  Parallel with Air Traffic Management (ATM) or Maritime Traffic Management (MTM).



There appear to be varying definitions.  What are the elements of an STM?

There are primarily 3 elements:

  1.  The transition of services to civil operators from military to civil authority- it is foreseen that there would be a transition 
  2. There are issues of regulation of Newspace
  3. Space debris

Of these three main issues, there are some theoretical aspects of STM.  How does it look like?  How can it be legally analysed?

STM started with a Draft International Code of Conduct, there was a GGE on Space TCMB Report (2013 UNGA) and also GGE regarding PAROS.

Whilst there was a COPUOS Long-Term Sustainability of Space Activities draft guidelines, it was incomplete in 2018.  There is an IADC Megaconstllation statement, with ISO debris standards revision.

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In relation to STM there are a number of studies including:

  • IAA Cosmic study
  • ISU Studies
  • Authorised research in NASA Authorisation Act
  • STM Conference (ERAU) US Space ACt of 2015
  • GSTMW (UK)

In terms of events:

  • Chinese ASAT
  • Cosmos- Iridium Collision
  • US Space Strategy


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source: asd Europe


There are many legal issues in relation to STM

Areas include:

  • Jurisdiction to vehicle
  • jurisdiction to area
  • vehicle registration
  • sanction to registration
  • failure
  • traffic management rules
  • traffic management authority

In relation to ground concerns include:

  • territorial state, territorial jurisdiction, vehicle registration, denial of travel, road traffic rules and traffic police

In relation to maritime, there are concerns in relation to:

flag state, territorial sea, vessel registration, subject to capture by authority; denial of entry to ports, seaway, collision avoidance rules, maritime safety authority or military.

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source: IATA

In relation to aviation:

  • state of registry, territorial air jurisdiction, aircraft registration, denial of traffic navigation/landing passage, aerial route, aviation rules and civilian aviation authority.

In space however:

there is no jurisdiction.  For instance state of registration, space object registration and likely rules of traffic management rules would most likely be developed over time as likely common practices.

There appears to be no incentive to register or exercise power in relation to STM in outerspace.  The conclusion hence seems to be that we ought not to leave it to the states as it would not happen.  Rather it may well be the industry that could take the lead.

For instance the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS).  It is well known that Astroscale is working on debris removal and hence they and many other companies are actively engaging on guidelines.  Furthermore, such discussions are also held a the World Economic Forum.

What are the major challenges?

  1. Providing civil STM services – for instance how do businesses gather data from operators and how is the cost allocated?
  2. International sharing of SSA data – how can national security concerns be addressed?
  • how can data be neutralised
  • standardising of data, format would be necessary
  • data differentiation would be needed to identify what is neutral and what is classified data

3. Common rules for operators

  • What are the regulations for data sharing?


Hence the STM Study group aims to achieve the following:

  • Applies principles include a Chatham House rule-based;
  • no individuals goals, accepted diversity, allow repeated discusses
  • the purposes are to foster understanding on the issues of STM through diverse discussion
  • understanding why and what is difficult to realise STM


The message is clear, the industry ought to take the lead in relation to STM as States do not have incentives to move things forward.




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LUXEMBOURG (14 February 2019) — Asteroid Day, the official United Nations’ day of global awareness and education about asteroids, will celebrate its fifth anniversary on 30 June. What began as two live stream broadcasts in 2014, now includes thousands of independent events organized by citizens around the world on all five continents. Asteroid Day global programs, including Asteroid Day LIVE, are programs of the Asteroid Foundation, a Luxembourg-based nonprofit organization.

Asteroid Day was co-founded by astrophysicist and famed musician Dr. Brian May of the rock group QUEEN; Apollo 9 Astronaut Rusty Schweickart; Filmmaker Grig Richters; and B612 President Danica Remy, to promote awareness and provide knowledge to the general public about the importance of asteroids in the formation of our universe and the role they play in our solar system today. Events are scheduled during the week of 30 June, the date of the largest asteroid impact of Earth in recorded history (Tunguska).
In just five years, Asteroid Day has evolved to include the participation of all major national space agencies, ESA, JAXA, Roscosmos, and NASA, and prominent scientists, astronomers, educators and media worldwide. In 2016, the United Nations declared Asteroid Day an official day of education, initiated in part by a need to better understand the role of asteroids, following the 15 February, 2013 meteor impact in Chelyabinsk, Russia.



“Our goal is to dedicate one day each year to learn about asteroids, the origins of our universe, and to support the resources necessary to find asteroids,” explains Dr. May.


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A principal partner in Asteroid Day is the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg through the Luxembourg Space Agency, which is leading the initiative. “By establishing itself as the European Hub in the future space resources economy, Luxembourg is committed to supporting and nurturing the growing commercial space industry and contributing to the peaceful exploration and sustainable utilization of resources from celestial bodies, including the Moon or near-earth objects such as asteroids,” stated Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy of Luxembourg. “Asteroid Day supports the goals of
the initiative by educating the world about asteroids, space missions and what’s possible within the emerging New Space economy.”



Events for Asteroid Day 2019 will take place on all five continents and are in the process
of being organized by local organizations, and include:
● In Europe: Luxembourg’s Ministry of Education, and National Museum of Natural History are organizing events throughout the country. The Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria, will showcase the world’s largest meteorite collection.
In Greece, the new Hellenic Meteorite Museum is hosting a variety of events.



● In North America: Events will be held once again at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas, in addition to other science centers, universities and astronomy clubs throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.

● In South America: A group of astronomical backpackers called Mochileros
Astronomicos, will hitchhike throughout the region to teach astronomy in schools, planetariums, and communities. Astronomical institutions across Brazil will discuss asteroids at events celebrating 100 years of the International Astronomical Union. Chile
will have coordinated activities across the country.

● In Africa: Mozambique will host a special presentation about asteroids on National TV (TVM), in coordination with the International Astronomical Union (IAU), at a special session during the National Astronomical Society Meeting. Egypt’s Scientific Society of Astronomy and Space will hold an event called "Asteroids and Safety of The Earth; at the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics in Cairo.

● In Asia: Kazakhstan Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute, in Almaty will host lectures and activities for students. Throughout Israel, events are being organized at the Givatayim Observatory, Netanya Planetarium and the Yarqa Space Center.

Themes of Asteroid Day 2019 range from the science of asteroids in the formation of our solar system to discussions of new space industries accelerating technologies to advance space-based activities. Activities will importantly also highlight the current missions advancing efforts to identify the characteristics and trajectories of asteroids and develop greater detection, tracking and deflection techniques: DART, the first demonstration of a kinetic impact technique to change the motion of an asteroid in space.; (NASA/ESA); and two study and sample return missions: Hayabusa 2, (JAXA); and OSIRIX REx (NASA).



Preview of 2019 ASTEROID DAY Events in Luxembourg
Information for public participation at the website

● 27 June: Technical Briefing with Asteroid Experts (by invitation)
● 28 June: Asteroid Day LIVE Global Broadcast-Webcast, produced at RTL Studios
● 29 June: Astronaut and Asteroid Expert meet and greet (public)
● 29 June: Gala Dinner in the unique Cercle Cité, Downtown Luxembourg (tickets on sale)

● 30 June: Asteroid Day at the National Museum of Natural History: Guided tours of the Meteorite Collection and “Universe” Exhibition; Public Lecture “Asteroids… can we deal with the danger?”; Asteroid Workshop for Youth


Asteroid Day LIVE, which debuted in 2017 and expanded last year to 48 hours of live programming, is the first-ever global conversation about asteroids. It is produced by the Asteroid Foundation and broadcast live from the Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) studio at RTL City in Luxembourg. Asteroid Day LIVE returns in 2019, with an expanded five days of online, broadcast and webcast content and commentary from international experts, five astronauts/cosmonauts, scientists, physicists, educators, and government officials and special guests who serve as Asteroid Day ambassadors. This year will also include five Luxembourg-based space startup companies and five featured global independently organized Asteroid Day events from five different countries.

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Participants in Asteroid Day LIVE 2019 (announced to date):
● Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General, ESA
● Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of the Economy, Government of Luxembourg
● Marc Serres, CEO, Luxembourg Space Agency
● Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, United Nations Office of Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
● Georges Schmit, Special Envoy for Space Resources, Government of Luxembourg;
Asteroid Foundation Chair
● Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 Astronaut; Asteroid Day Co-founder
● Ed Lu, Asteroid Day Expert Panel; Executive Director, Asteroid Institute; three-time NASA astronaut (STS 84, 106 and ISS Expedition 7).
● Nicole Stott, Mission Specialist (STS 128, 133 and ISS Expeditions 20, 21); Astronaut Artist
● Dorin Prunariu, first and only Romanian cosmonaut; Asteroid Day Ambassador
● Alexander Misurkin, Cosmonaut, ISS Commander 2018, Russia
● Danica Remy, President, B612 Foundation; Asteroid Day Co-founder
● Simon (Pete) Worden, President, Breakthrough Institute; former Director, NASA Ames Research Center

● Frans Van Der Donck, Space Policy Expert, The Netherlands
● Ian Carnelli, Project Manager, Hera mission (kinetic impactor validation), ESA
● Mark Boslough, Physicist, Sandia National Labs (ret.); Chair, Asteroid Day Expert Panel
● Lynne Jones, Co-Chair, LSST Solar System Science Collaboration; Asteroid Day Expert Panel
● Robert Jedicke, Asteroid Day Expert Panel; University of Hawaii, US, Institute for Astronomy
● Patrick Michel, Asteroid Day Expert Panel; Senior Researcher, CNRS, Lagrange
laboratory of Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur; Co-I of Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-Rex; lead scientist, ESA Hera mission, France
Asteroid Day LIVE from Luxembourg will be distributed via a dedicated satellite, available on local channels subscribing to the SES satellite network, and via the Asteroid Day website.

For archived programs of 2017 and 2018, see:

Scientists Rock is a seven-part series about asteroids produced by Asteroid Day, which can be viewed on website. Narrated by famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the series includes interviews with UK Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, Dr. Brian May, Peter Gabriel, and scores of astronauts and asteroid experts.

Major sponsors of Asteroid Day include the Luxembourg Space Agency, B612, Broadcasting Centre Europe (BCE), OHB, SES, and Tomorrow Street, a joint venture of Vodaphone and Technoport. Asteroid Day global programs, including Asteroid Day LIVE, are programs of the Asteroid Foundation, a Luxembourg-based nonprofit organization.

More information:
● Website:

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NewSpace events in 2019



The first few months of 2019 has just gone by at a speed of light.  Those involved in NewSpace would be aware that it is a busy year and that there are many events, so many that it is impossible to go to them all.  If you are a NewSpace entrepreneur which ones would you go to?

The answer is as much of an opt out than a definitive one – it really depends on what you are truly to do, achieve and what field you are in.  For instance, if you work in or with smallsats then clearly those are the ones you would want to focus on.

If you are more into the scientific field as a technical engineer then the technical ones work for you.  What if you are true and through a NewSpace entrepreneur?  Here is my take on the ones to look out for in 2019 and beyond:



1. NewSpace Europe

NewSpace Europe is Europe’s largest annual space conference to focus solely on the NewSpace industry and the economic opportunity of space.  Organized by the Luxembourg Space Agency, the conference centres on the theme of “Driving Momentum”, discussing ways to stimulate growth in communications, remote sensing, investment, Earth-orbit economy, and lunar economy.  Held 13-14 November 2019.

Having attended in the past and in receiving previous ESA prize, it is an ideal conference for the New and seasoned to get a feel of the latest technologies, latest trends and what the scene is like in Luxembourg and in Europe.

The energy is great there and a good comparator particularly from those outside of Europe.  Luxembourg has played a large part in the space mining movement.  Having been to Luxembourg before and after the passing of the asteroid mining legislation I would say that despite its size, Luxembourg punches above her weight when it comes to influencing in the NewSpace scene.  In fact, they are one of the leading countries in that sense.




source: Paris Space Week

2. Paris Space Week

Paris Space Week was over 2-3 April 2019 and runs annually.  The tradeshow with business meetings and conferences dedicated to the Space Industry in Paris.

They have a lively Newspace startup scene and over the 2 days sees over 1000 participants, 400 exhibitions, arranges 9000 meetings and has over 25 speakers.  One could arguably say that this is for serious NewSpace businesses that are there to do just that. In 2019, Paris Space Week primarily had CEOs of various NewSpace startups speaking and also panels with SMEs and major aerospace companies too.


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3. Space Forum

Space Forum is a conference based on the impact of space technologies on the earth’s businesses (mobility, IoT, connectivity, security, climate, media, earth observation…)

It brings together the most important players from the data sector of the NewSpace industry, specifically upstream satellite companies in Earth Observation and Telecoms, European Space Clusters & Tech Valley representatives, Space business angels, satellites operators, satellite industry suppliers etc. Participants will also have an opportunity to connect with ICT executives and customers, from Banking, Transportation, Government & Defense and other sectors.

2019 topic: Leveraging Data from Space

Services to benefit Defense & Security
> Business in China and Europe
> Services to benefit Agriculture, Transport & IoT
> Big Data & the business of data from space




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4. Global Space and Technology Convention 

Organised by the Singapore Space and Technology Association, the 11th Global Space and Technology Convention (GSTC2019) was hosted at St Regis, Singapore on the 14th to 15th February 2019. With the theme “Pushing The Innovation Frontier”, GSTC 2019 focused on emerging satellite technologies, along with new applications and paradigms in the NewSpace arena. Over 600 delegates, 60 speakers and 200 companies from more than 30 nations around the world attended GSTC 2019.




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5.  Space Symposium

Arguably one of the most impact events to go to for all aspiring space businesses.  The 35th Space Symposium will be held over April 8-11 2019.

Space Symposium attendees consistently represent all sectors of the space community from multiple spacefaring nations: space agencies; commercial space businesses and associated subcontractors; military, national security and intelligence organizations; cyber security organizations; federal and state government agencies and organizations; research and development facilities; think tanks; educational institutions; space entrepreneurs and private space travel providers; businesses engaged in adapting, manufacturing or selling space technologies for commercial use; and media that inspire and educate the general public about space.

Bringing all these groups together in one place provides a unique opportunity to examine space issues from multiple perspectives, to promote dialog and to focus attention to critical space issues.



source: IAC2019

6.  International Astronautical Congress

The IAC is an annual conference that is held globally bringing the space community together.  In 2019, the IAC will be held in Washington DC.

In 2019 humanity will celebrate the 50th anniversary of a feat once thought impossible: humans walking on the moon.

In the organisers words:

`In the past half-century, the United States has contributed to humanity’s quest to explore the unknown and expand the boundaries of our terrestrial existence. Through domestic investments and international partnerships, the United States has worked to satisfy humanity’s innate curiosity and yearning to explore.

As a nation we invite the world to commemorate that “one giant leap for mankind” and celebrate the international accomplishments and partnerships that have become the hallmarks of space exploration.

Today the broader space community stands at a pivotal juncture in the course of future human space exploration. To succeed we must come together to create a unified vision that can be realized through the effective use of our collective assets and resources. It is in that spirit of collaboration that we would host the global space community in Washington, D.C., to envision what the next “giant leap” will be.`



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7. World Space Week

World Space Week, October 4-10 annually, is the largest space event on Earth. More than 5,000 events in over 80 countries celebrated the theme “Space Unites the World” in 2018.  The 2019 theme is “The Moon:  Gateway to the Stars.”

World Space Week is more about participation and community engagement than anything else.  Anyone, organisation or institution could organise an event leading up to the week of World Space Week.  Having previously organised events for this week, it is a great way to meet like-minded people and organisations that share the same passion in space exploration and a wonderful way to meet new people too.

“The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition”

UN General Assembly resolution, 6 December 1999



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source: Asteroid Day

8.  Asteroid Day

Asteroid Day is a dynamic awareness and educational program to inspire  the world about asteroids – their role in the formation of our universe, how we can use their resources, how asteroids can pave the way for future exploration and finally how we can protect our planet from asteroid impacts. Asteroid Day events are held on 30 June each year to mark the anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska impact. Asteroid Day events are largely independently organized around the world for people of all ages and are mostly free-of-charge. Asteroid Day is a program run by the Asteroid Foundation, a Luxembourg nonprofit organization.

Asteroid Day was co-founded in 2014, by Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist of QUEEN, together with Danica Remy, President of B612 Foundation, Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 Astronaut, and filmmaker Grig Richters. In 2016, the United Nations officially designated Asteroid Day as the international day of awareness and education about asteroids. Together with the United Nations, space agencies, schools and universities Asteroid Day is organized by networks of supporters who host events worldwide on 30, June and any other day of the year that the independent groups determine.

To initially launch the Asteroid Day education programs in 2014, members of the asteroid community drafted and released a petition to gather public support for asteroid education and called on governments to accelerate the funding of asteroid discovery programs. Today, this petition, the 100X Asteroid Declaration, has been signed by hundreds of prominent individuals around the world, including leaders in science, technology, and business, and more than 125 astronauts.

There are hundreds if not thousands of events through the year celebrating space.  The above is only a selection of NewSpace events which I find engaging and rewarding and it is only my personal view.  Many share a similar mission which is primarily outreach and awareness.  For others they are more business focused or academically focused.  Having attended a few of the above, one general observation is that many agree that the conversations and topics need to reach outwards and beyond the space community.  That non-traditional space players ought to have engagement and this fits well with the notion of NewSpace engagement – with non-traditional space players in non-traditional fields.



source: Kennedy Space Centre


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