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- March 22-23, 2017: GCSP Course - The Future of Outer Space Security organised by Geneva Centre for Security Policy (scholarships available for students)

- April 6, 2017 from 17:30 te 20:30 at FHNW Olten: COTS For Space Mechanisms. More information and registration here.

- April 19, 2017 Call for Ideas - deadline for proposal submission. More information here.




Europe's dedicated space design, manufacturing and testing event

Space Tech Expo & Forum Europe is a focused marketplace for the design, manufacturing and testing of spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicle and space-related technologies, bringing together leading engineers, executive management and global decision makers from commercial companies, as well as government and military institutions, involved in space industry activities.

Strategically positioned in Central Europe, Bremen is a city of aerospace excellence. Space Tech Expo Europe is set to become Europe’s major dedicated supply-chain and engineering event for complete spacecraft, subsystems and space-qualified components.



25-29 September 2017, ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA TO HOST IAC 2017


The IAF General Assembly at IAC 2014 Toronto, voted on Friday 3 October to hold IAC 2017 in Adelaide, Australia.

The successful bid was made by the Adelaide Convention Bureau, in partnership with The Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) and State Government of South Australia. The IAC in September 2017 is expected to attract 3,000 delegates, including 200 astronauts, and contribute AUD$18m (US$15.8m) to the state’s visitor economy. Lockheed Martin Corporation will be the anchor sponsor of the Congress.

For the organisers this is the culmination of a four-year bid process, including an unsuccessful bid for the 2014 event. The organisers beat strong competition from Germany (Bremen), USA (Orlando), Turkey (Istanbul) and Ireland (Dublin) in their bid to secure what will be the largest congress ever to be hosted by Adelaide.

Brett Biddington, the leader of the Adelaide bid team, said that he, the team as a whole and the wider Australian space community were delighted and humbled by the confidence and trust placed in them by IAF members in Toronto to produce a memorable IAC in Adelaide in 2017. He said that all of the four contenders to host the IAC in 2017 had the capacity to do so and that the key differentiator, leaving the geographical factor aside, was the clarity of Australia’s strategy and purpose. He also said that the competition had caused the Adelaide team to work harder which had led to a better bid.

Looking ahead, Brett said that planning was already under way and that the aim of the LOC is to have the IAC 2017 Execution Plan essentially in place within a few months. An important early task will be to confirm the 2017 Congress theme and to design and select a logo that can be unveiled at the Paris Spring meetings in March 2015.




America’s meeting place for space technology and engineering

Now in its sixth year, Space Tech Expo will be returning to Pasadena for 2017. America’s meeting place for space technology and engineering grows bigger and better year on year, bringing together industry leaders, decision-makers and buyers to meet the engineering and manufacturing supply chain for commercial, civil and military space.

Space Tech Expo 2017, will be at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA, 23-25 May 2017, with 230+ exhibiting companies and 1,700+ participating companies joining the show.


Past Events

Nov 16 – 20, 2015 WORKSHOP: Jets and Winds in Pulsar Wind Nebulae, Gamma-ray Bursts and Blazars: Physics of Extreme Energy Release

International Space Science Institute ISSI, Hallerstrasse 6, 3012 Bern, Switzerland (map)


The Workshop is devoted to an in-depth discussion of complex and multi-scale fundamental studies of astrophysical objects with extreme energy release via multi-wavelength observations and modeling. The compact stellar remnants of supernova fast rotating black holes and neutron stars - are able to give rise, with their ultra-relativistic jets and winds, the rapid release of a large amount of energy, such as observed in gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and soft gamma-ray repeaters, as well as long-lasting, quasi-steady, high energy sources such as pulsar wind nebulae (PWNe) and blazars.

Workshop homepage


November 19th, 2015: Innovation and Business Opportunities in Space. Event organised during the Global Entrepreneurship Week together with the EPFL innovation park and AP-Swiss


November 20th, 2015: Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier will be giving the conference « The state of the planet seen from space » at the Forum Rolex Learning Center. Free entry, registration required: www.fifel.ch


Nov 24 – 27, 2015 Team of B. Meyssignac: Contemporary Regional & Global Sea Level Rise: Assessment of Satellite, in-situ Observations and Climate Models

International Space Science Institute ISSI, Hallerstrasse 6, 3012 Bern, Switzerland (Room 34, third floor) (map)

Contemporary Regional & Global Sea Level Rise: Assessment of Satellite, in-situ Observations and Climate Models, Team


Nov 30 – Dec 4, 2015 WORKSHOP: HISPAC High Precision Clock in Space Science

International Space Science Institute ISSI, Hallerstrasse 6, 3012 Bern, Switzerland (map)

The main objective is to discuss a possible technology transfer across disciplines. The idea is to bring together scientists from space research and ground development, from time transfer techniques and radio-science missions; from the time/frequency community, as well as from the Earth sciences, fundamental physics and solar system exploration communities, in order to study, e.g., by extensive numerical simulation, possible improvements in applications when including local clock measurements at 10-18 (1 cm level in geopotential height difference). The outcome would be proposals for improvements (if any) in a number of research fields. For example, in Earth sciences, improvements could concern global and regional gravity field models, with specific geophysical applications when using in combination different satellite data (GOCE, GRACE, etc.), ground gravimetry and levelling, precise positioning, etc. New proposals for solar-system exploration and for fundamental physics are also expected outcomes of this workshop., Workshop


Targeted Date: December 3, 2015 - 5:55 p.m. Eastern

Mission: Fourth Orbital ATK Commercial Resupply Services Flight to International Space Station (Orbital CRS-4)

Description: The mission will be the first flight of the enhanced variant of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus advanced maneuvering spacecraft, capable of delivering more than 7,700 pounds of essential crew supplies, equipment and scientific experiments to the station. The Atlas V launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is targeted during a 30-minute window.


Targeted Date: December 15, 2015 - 6:03 a.m. Eastern

Mission: Expedition 46 Launch to the International Space Station

Description: NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, ESA astronaut Tim Peake, and Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos will launch to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.


Date: December 21, 2015

Mission: Progress 62P Cargo Craft

Description: The Progress resupply vehicle is an automated, unpiloted version of the Soyuz spacecraft that is used to bring supplies and fuel to the International Space Station.


December 3, 2015 from 14:00 to 16:00 (EPFL Rolex Forum): Annual Meeting of the Swiss Space Center. Open to all public with necessary registration.


February 16, 2016 from 09:30 to 17:00 (EPFL CO 1): Space Technologies Studies 2014: Results. Presentation of the projects funded under MdP 2014. Open with necessary registration.


Nov. 17 Soyuz • EKS 1

Launch time: Approx. 0615 GMT (1:15 a.m. EST)

Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the EKS 1 early warning satellite for the Russian military. The EKS, or Tundra, satellites fly in highly elliptical tundra orbits. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. [Nov. 16]


MdP Call 2016 - To foster and promote Swiss scientific and technological competences related to space activities

March 7th, 2016 at 14:00 at the SERI, Einsteinstrasse 2, 3003 Bern, Meeting Room 1.106

An opportunity to grow Swiss technological competences

A dedicated information session will be held by the SSO and the Swiss Space Center in Bern








26-30 September 2016


On 27 September 2013 at the 64th IAC in Beijing, China, the IAF General Assembly convened and voted for Guadalajara, Mexico, to be the host city for IAC 2016.


The IAC in 2016 is expected to attract 3,000 delegates and contribute to the state’s visitor economy.


For the organisers, the Mexican Space Agency, this is the culmination of a four-year bid process. Guadalajara is the second biggest city of the country. Guadalajara will be provided the opportunity to show why it is called the “Silicon Valley of Mexico” and to show why it is also wellknown as the cultural heart of Mexico.


The Director-General of the Mexican Space Agency, Mr Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez, said that the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) will look to contribute to the solution of the great social challenges in matters of competitiveness, education, equity, health, digital inclusion and environmental sustainability. This is why Mexico proposed to host the IAC2016 under the motto: “Making space accessible and affordable to all countries”. The AEM believes that bringing the IAC in 2016 to this region of the world will contribute positively and give an additional boost to the efforts of involved emerging nations into a new era of international collaboration to solve common problems using space science and technology.


So, see you in Guadalajara 26-30 September 2016




2015 66th IAC, Jerusalem, Israel (12 – 16 October 2015)

2014 65th IAC, Toronto, Canada (29 September – 3 October 2014)

2013 64th IAC Beijing, China (23-27 September 2013)

2012 63rd IAC, Naples, Italy (1-5 October 2012)


2011 62nd IAC, Cape Town, South Africa (3-7 October 2011)

2010 61st IAC, Prague, Czech Republic (27 September – 1 October 2010)

2009 60th IAC, Daejeon, Republic of Korea (12-16 0ctober 2009)

2008 59th IAC, Glasgow, United Kingdom (29 September – 3 October 2008)

2007 58th IAC, Hyderabad, India (24-28 September 2007)

2006 57th IAC, Valencia, Spain (2-6 October 2006)

2005 56th IAC, Fukuoka, Japan (16-21 October 2005)

2004 55th IAC, Vancouver, Canada (4-8 October 2004)

2003 54th IAC, Bremen, Germany (29 September – 3 October 2003)

2002 53rd IAC, Houston, United States (10-19 October 2002)

2001 52nd IAC, Toulouse, France (1-5 October 2001)

2000 51st IAC, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2-6 October 2000)

1999 50th IAC, Amsterdam, Netherlands (4-8 October 1999)

1998 49th IAC, Melbourne, Australia (28 September – 2 October 2002)

1997 48th IAC, Turin, Italy (6–10 October 1997)

1996 47th IAC, Beijing, China (7-11 October 1996)

1995 46th IAC, Oslo, Norway (2-6 October 1995)

1994 45th IAC, Jerusalem, Israel (9–14 October 1994)

1993 44th IAC, Graz, Austria (16–22 October 1993)

1992 43rd IAC, Washington, United States (28 August – 5 September 1992)

1991 42nd IAC, Montreal, Canada (5-11 October 1991)

1990 41st IAC, Dresden, Germany (6-12 October 1990)

1989 40th IAC, Malaga, Spain (7–13 October 1989)

1988 39th IAC, Bangalore, India (8–15 October 1988)

1987 38th IAC, Brighton, United Kingdom (10–17 October 1987)

1986 37th IAC, Innsbruck, Austria (4–11 October 1986)

1985 36th IAC, Stockholm, Sweden (7–12 October 1985)

1984 35th IAC, Lausanne, Switzerland (8–13 October 1984)

1983 34th IAC, Budapest, Hungary (10-15 October 1983)

1982 33rd IAC, Paris, France (27 September – 2 October 1982)

1981 32nd IAC, Rome, Italy (6-12 September 1981)

1980 31st IAC, Tokyo, Japan (22-28 September 1980)

1979 30th IAC, Munich, Germany (17-22 September 1979)

1978 29th IAC, Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia (1-8 October 1978)

1977 28th IAC, Prague, Czechoslovakia (25 September – 1 October 1977)

1976 27th IAC, Anaheim, United States (10–16 October 1976)

1975 26th IAC, Lisbon, Portugal (21-27 September 1975)

1974 25th IAC, Amsterdam, Netherlands (30 September – 5 October 1974)

1973 24th IAC, Baku, USSR (7-13 October 1973)

1972 23rd IAC, Vienna, Austria (8-15 October 1972)

1971 22nd IAC, Brussels, Belgium (20-25 September 1971)

1970 21st IAC, Costance, Germany (4-9 October 1970)

1969 20th IAC, Mar de Plata, Argentina (5-10 October 1969)

1968 19th IAC, New York, United States (13-18 October 1968)

1967 18th IAC, Belgrade, Yugoslavia (24-30 September 1967)

1966 17th IAC, Madrid, Spain (9-15 October 1966)

1965 16th IAC, Athens, Greece (13–18 October 1965)

1964 15th IAC, Warsaw, Poland (7–12 September 1964)

1963 14th IAC, Paris, France (25 September – 1 October 1963)

1962 13th IAC, Varna, Bulgaria (19-23 September 1962)

1961 12th IAC, Washington, United States (1-7 October 1961)

1960 11th IAC, Stockholm, Sweden (7-12 October 1960)

1959 10th IAC, London, United Kingdom (31 August – 5 September 1959)

1958 9th IAC, Amsterdam, Netherlands (25-30 August 1958)

1957 8th IAC, Barcelona, Spain (6-12 October 1957)

1956 7th IAC, Rome, Italy (17-22 September 1956)

1955 6th IAC, Copenhagen, Denmark (2-6 August 1955)

1954 5th IAC, Innsbruck, Austria (2–7 August 1954)

1953 4th IAC, Zurich, Switzerland (3-8 August 1953)

1952 3rd IAC, Stuttgart, Germany (1-5 September 1952)

1951 2nd IAC, London, United Kingdom (3-8 September 1951)

1950 1st IAC, Paris, France (1-2 October 1950)

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