IAA Summit Declaration Focuses on HSF, Robotic Exploration, Climate Change and Disaster Management

The heads of 30 space agencies met in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 17 to discuss joint policies and programs. (Credit: International Academy of Astronautics)

IAA Summit Declaration

IAA Introductory Remarks

On November 17, 2010, leaders of 30 space agencies from around the world gathered in Washington, D.C. for the International Academy of Astronautics’ (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.

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Russians Want to Use Nanosats to Predict Earthquakes

The Roscosmos website features a very interesting news item about a Russian plan to use nanosats to help predict earthquakes.

RIA Novosti quotes Russian Space Systems company director Yury Urlichich as saying that an “earthquake precursor monitoring system” that would include a constellation of nanosats to monitor “special vibrations in the ionosphere [that] can be used to detect the quake.”

Although the article doesn’t say so explicitly, the program appears to be part of the international global natural and industrial emergency aerospace monitoring system (IGMAS) that Russian officials promoted during a heads of space agencies summit in Washington last week. IGMAS program manager and Director of Space Systems R&D Valery Menschikov made a presentation about the system during the gathering, which was sponsored by the  International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).

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