On November 17, 2010, leaders of 30 space agencies from around the world gathered in Washington, D.C. for the International Academy of Astronauticsâ€™ (IAA) Heads of Space Agencies Summit. In preparation for the Summit, the IAA received inputs from Academicians, other experts and space agency representatives on the subject of enhancing global collaboration in the following four areas: human spaceflight, planetary robotic exploration, climate change and disaster management. Based upon these inputs the IAA sets forth below its findings and recommendations that were welcomed by the heads of space agencies.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued the following statement after participating in today’s Head of Space Agencies Summit in Washington:
“This year, the International Academy of Astronautics is marking the 50th anniversary of its founding in Stockholm, Sweden. I congratulate the academy for its dedication during the past five decades in bringing the world’s experts together to discuss and promote space research and exploration. I also want to congratulate the academy on supporting today’s Heads of Space Agencies Summit.
“More than two dozen leaders attended this meeting to discuss issues almost all countries are grappling with, such as changing national priorities and stagnant budgets. NASA has been actively working with many of the space agencies attending the summit to further our common understanding of exploration and establish global partnerships.
“NASA recognizes that exploration beyond low-Earth orbit will involve the coordination, cooperation and support of other countries. This theme of international coordination has been the purpose of developing a global exploration strategy, which many of the countries represented at the summit actively support. It is my hope that more countries will become supportive of this cooperative dialogue and adopt a global exploration roadmap. With a roadmap in place, the participating agencies and their countries will benefit enormously from a comprehensive, global approach to space exploration.
“I can assure you that as we look to the future, international cooperation will continue to be a cornerstone of NASA’s exploration activities.”
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.