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The Top 50 Most Dangerous Pieces of Space Debris
Location of the 24,000 debris larger than 10 cm in low orbit in 2020. (Credits: NASA)

For the first time, an international team has drawn up a list of the 50 most dangerous space debris in low orbit. This unpublished Top 50 is published online on January 22, 2021 by the journal Acta Astronautica.

PARIS (CNES PR) — It is a landmark article. For the first time, space debris in low orbit (located at an altitude of less than 2,000 km) has been classified according to their dangerousness for operational satellites by a team that includes experts from China, the United States and Russia. France via CNES is one of the signatories of this historic paper published on January 22, 2021 by Acta Astronautica and whose results had already been presented, in October 2020, at the 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC2020).

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  • January 30, 2021
IAF Releases World’s Largest Digital Library on Space in History

PARIS (IAF PR) — The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is proud to announce the launch of the IAF Digital Library: the world’s largest repository with more than 50 000 digital papers delineating the legacy of 70-year of space achievements and international cooperation for the benefit of humanity.

The IAF Digital Library is an umbrella project which was initiated in 2016 as part of the long-term vision of the IAF President’s Global Innovation Agenda announced by Dr. Le Gall, and finds its concretization today as a core mission of Prof. Ehreunfreund’s IAF
Global Advocacy Agenda.

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  • November 13, 2020
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 […]

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  • April 28, 2020
Jeff Bezos to Receive 2019 IAF Excellence in Industry Award for Blue Origin

PARIS (IAF PR) — On 22 October 2019, Blue Origin Founder, Jeff Bezos, is to receive the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Excellence in Industry Award at the 70th International Astronautical Congress – IAC 2019, to take place from 21 – 25 October in Washington D.C., United States. The IAF Excellence in Industry Award recognizes an industry organization for outstanding and sustainable advancements in space, showing the merits of leadership in […]

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  • September 27, 2019
IAF Chief: South Korea Should Leverage IT Expertise in Space


IT Could Make Difference in Korean Space Tech
Korea Times

South Korea, as a late starter in the global space competition, must seek to leverage its strength in information and communication technology to create a niche, according to the head of a leading space industry organization.


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  • October 13, 2009