2015 International Astronautical Congress - Jerusalem - October 12-16

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Pitted Materials in Craters Could Indicate Buried Ice on Asteroids

Pitted terrains inside fresh complex craters on Ceres are similar to terrains seen Mars and Vesta, and are likely formed through the rapid evaporation of subsurface H2O

Video: Highlights of the 66th International Astronautical Congress

Video: Highlights of the 66th International Astronautical Congress Video in Story

The 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem is over and the 2,100 delegates are heading home. Here, in just over three minutes of video, are highlights from this years Congress. Next year delegates will convene in Guadalajara, Mexico.


StemRad and Lockheed Martin Working on AstroRad to Protect Astronauts

StemRad and Lockheed Martin Working on AstroRad to Protect Astronauts

Protecting astronauts from radiation while in space is critical if humans are to continue exploring the space environment beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO). In July, StemRad Ltd an Israeli company based in Tel Aviv and Palo Alto, together with Lockheed Martin announced a joint research and development effort in this area.


Video: Heads of Agencies Plenary

Video: Heads of Agencies Plenary Video in Story

This years International Astronautical Federation Plenary included leaders from NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), the Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) of Russia, China's National Space Administration (CNSA), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the hosts, the Israel Space Agency (ISA).


Bloostar and other SmallSat Launchers Look to Fill a Need

Bloostar and other SmallSat Launchers Look to Fill a Need

According to a SpaceWorks study published in 2014, over 2000 nano/micro-satellites under 50 kg will need to be launched by 2020. Several of the companies interested in fulfilling that need presented their ideas at the International Astronautical Congress in Israel, including Zero 2 Infinity launching its new SmallSat launcher called Bloostar.


Chinese Corporation Launches Alibaba Like Platform for Space

Chinese Corporation Launches Alibaba Like Platform for Space

China Head Aerospace Technology Co, better known for producing a variety of aerospace products, testing services and facilitating access to China's market, today unveiled what it hopes will be a leading business-to-business online platform akin to Alibaba, but for the space community called ByHead.


‏NASA and Israel Space Agency Sign Cooperation Agreement

‏NASA and Israel Space Agency Sign Cooperation Agreement

NASA and the Israel Space Agency (ISA) of the Ministry of Science signed a new civil space cooperation agreement on October 13, 2015. The agreement was signed by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Menachem Kidron - Director General of the Israel Space Agency during the International Astronautical Congress hosted in Jerusalem by the ISA.


The Journey to Mars Starts with the Journey to the Moon

The Journey to Mars Starts with the Journey to the Moon

One of the highlights of the International Astronautical Congress is the annual Heads of Agencies public forum. In recent years the forum hasn't produced much in the way of substantive discourse. That was not the case this year.


Jerusalem Welcomes the International Space Community Amidst Wave of Violence

Jerusalem Welcomes the International Space Community Amidst Wave of Violence

Jerusalem, Israel's capital, welcomed the International space community for the opening ceremony of the 66th International Astronautical Congress this morning. Over 2000 delegates from 58 countries are represented including leaders of many national space agencies.


As an Emerging Space Nation Israel Makes a Statement in Hosting the International Astronautical Congress

As an Emerging Space Nation Israel Makes a Statement in Hosting the International Astronautical Congress

Israel's space program was born out of military need, but in recent years the civil space program has received an infusion of funding and next week it will host the annual International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem.


IAF Releases Promotional Video for the 2015 International Astronautical Congress Being Held in Israel

IAF Releases Promotional Video for the 2015 International Astronautical Congress Being Held in Israel Video in Story

The IAC is the one place and time of the year when all space actors come together. Global, multidisciplinary and covering all space sectors and topics, it offers everyone the latest space information, developments but above all contacts and potential partnerships.