Space Agency Heads to Meet in Washington on Wednesday

International Academy of Astronautics

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, a “Heads of Space Agencies” Summit will be held on 17 November 2010 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. with the primary support of Lockheed Martin Corporation and supporting sponsorship from EADS Astrium and Space News.


The IAA Board of Trustees has identified four main topics:

  • Climate Change / Green Systems
  • Disaster Management/Natural Hazards
  • Planetary/Lunar Exploration
  • Human Spaceflight.

The attempt is to reach a broad consensus on international cooperation and coordination at the highest level in those four areas and eventually consider new concrete initiatives of cooperation. It is the Academy intent to avoid any duplication of on-going efforts (e.g., Global Exploration Strategy, Group on Earth Observations) but rather to foster closer and broader international coordination across the four topics areas to strengthen the effectiveness and support of global space activities.


The Space Agencies would agree on Summit Declaration with high-level recommendations under each theme. It comprises only the recommendations that have reached consensus among space agencies and assimilated as such. The draft declaration will be reviewed several times by the space agencies that will provide feedback on what recommendations they agree or suggest. Format: one page.


8:00-8:40 Registration – Breakfast
Academicians and Invited Guests (by pre-registration only)

Morning Program

8:45-8:55 Welcome by Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, IAA President
8:55-9:00 Major General Charles F. Bolden, Jr., NASA Administrator
9:00-9:10 Address by Dr. Abdul A.P.J. Kalam, former President of India
9:10-9:20 Address by Dr. Leonid D. Kuchma, former President of Ukraine
9:20-10:40 Presentation of the Four IAA Studies by Respective Study Group Leaders
9:20-9:40 Human Spaceflight
9:40-10:00 Planetary Robotic Exploration
10:00-10:20 Climate Change
10:20-10:40 Disaster Management
10:40-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:00 Breakout Sessions — All Four Summit topics – Concurrent
12:15-13:00 Lunch

Afternoon Program

13:15-13:30 Summary of Breakout Sessions