to: 21 Oct 2021




The 11th IAASS Conference “Managing Risk in Space” will be a hybrid event, comprising both an in-person conference and a virtual conference. The conference will include 3 days of technical content, including plenary sessions at the start of each day followed by break out sessions.

Going hybrid will allow international participants, who will not be able to travel to Japan as a result of the pandemic or its economic impact, to join the conference online. Registration fees will be reduced to make the virtual conference widely accessible. More information can be found on the registration page.

The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering international cooperation and scientific advancement in the field of space systems safety and sustainability. IAASS is a member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), and Permanent Observer at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). The association exists to help shaping and advancing an international culture of space safety, which could contribute to make space missions, vehicles, stations, extra-terrestrial habitats, equipment and payload safer for the general public, ground personnel, crews and flight participants. The association also promotes the safeguard of on-orbit, atmospheric, and ground environment during space missions.

The 11th IAASS Conference “Managing Risk in Space”, organized in cooperation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is an invitation to reflect and exchange information on a number of space safety and sustainability topics of national and international interest. The conference is also a forum to nurture mutual understanding, trust, and the widest possible international cooperation in the responsible use of space. The once exclusive “club” of nations with autonomous space access capabilities is becoming crowded with fresh, and ambitious new entrants. New commercial spaceports are starting operations and others are being built. In the manned spaceflight arena, a commercial market is becoming reality with government use of commercial services for cargo and crew transportation to orbit and beyond. The international cooperation both civil and commercial is also gaining momentum.

Space bound systems and aviation traffic will share more and more a crowded airspace, while aviation will increasingly rely on space-based safety-critical services. Air launches are becoming an important segment of the launch business and require the establishment of ad-hoc regulations. Finally, most nations own nowadays space assets, mainly satellites of various kinds and purpose, which are under the constant threat of collision with other spacecraft and with the ever-increasing number of space debris. Awareness is increasing internationally, as solemnly declared since decades in space treaties, that space is a mankind asset and that we all have the duty of caring for it. Without proactive and courageous international initiatives to establish an international regulatory framework for space traffic management we risk negating access and use of space to future generations.

The 11th IAASS Conference will in addition to normal sessions dedicate a set of panel sessions to the discussion of four topics which need to get better attention in space programs: Space Debris Reentry Safety, Space Traffic Management, Safety Regulations of Commercial Human Spaceflight, and Human Performance and Safety on Long Duration missions.