IAF Conference Will Go Cyber in the Fall

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) will go cyber in October instead of being held in Dubai. Pascale Ehrenfreund, president of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), made the announcement on the organization’s website:

I am therefore delighted to announce that we will be hosting an IAC 2020 in virtual format. The 71st International Astronautical Congress – The CyberSpace Edition will take place in your homes and offices around the world during 12 – 14 October 2020. Please make sure to mark those dates in your calendar and stay tuned for additional details on the programme and logistics for the event in the upcoming weeks.

I am also pleased to inform you that the new dates for the 72nd  International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2021 have been fixed. The IAC 2021 will take place in Dubai, U.A.E., from 25 – 29 October 2021. Please also mark these important dates in your calendar.

Furthermore, the IACs in Paris and Baku will be postponed accordingly. Exact details will be communicated in the coming weeks.

FAA, DLR to Cooperate on Integrating Commercial Spaceflight into Air Traffic Control System

WASHINGTON (DLR PR) — The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the Office of Commercial Space Transportation of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are seeking to identify the data that may need to be exchanged between United States and European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) prior to, during and after a space launch or re-entry operation that is initiated in one country and traverses the airspace of another country.

This data exchange should facilitate improved situational awareness, allowing US and European ANSPs to respond as necessary in the event of a vehicle failure. To this end, the FAA and DLR intend to bring together their unique capabilities using FAA’s Commercial Space Integration Lab and DLR’s Air Traffic Validation Center, located in the USA and Germany respectively.

In order to be able to cooperate and exchange data in the future, a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in the development of commercial space transportation was signed by Pascale Ehrenreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board, and Wayne R. Monteith, Associate Administrator, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, on 24 October 2019. The signatory ceremony was held at DLR’s stand at the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington, DC.

The MoC reflects the excellent collaboration that FAA and DLR have developed since the first Research and Development Cooperative Agreement of both establishments, which was signed in 2010.

DLR Appoints New Chair

Pascale Ehrenfreund (Credit: DLR)
Pascale Ehrenfreund (Credit: DLR)

BERLIN (DLR PR) — Pascale Ehrenfreund, currently Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute in Washington, is the new Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). This was decided unanimously in Berlin today by the DLR Senate, which was chaired by the State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie; BMWi), Matthias Machnig, in Berlin.

Pascale Ehrenfreund will succeed Johann-Dietrich Wörner, who has been Chairman of the DLR Executive Board for eight years – since March 2007. From 1 July, he will take office as Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA).

“As an astrobiologist with extensive scientific experience and an excellent reputation in teaching and research, at, among other places, Paris, Vienna, Leiden and Washington, Pascale Ehrenfreund is particularly well qualified to provide new impetus in research and development to a major research facility such as DLR. And of course, I am particularly pleased that, with Ehrenfreund’s appointment, a woman will head the largest German engineering research facility for the first time. The decision was unanimous in both the Appointment Committee and the Senate. I would also like to thank the outgoing Chairman, Johann-Dietrich Wörner, for the work he has done at DLR and wish him the best of luck in undertaking his new tasks as ESA Director General,” said Machnig.

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