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    AIAA And IAF Conclude Successful Global Space Exploration Conference
    First Of Its Kind Forum Brought Together World Space Leaders To Discuss Future Of Space Exploration


    May 30, 2012 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) today concluded their first ever Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX), bringing together stakeholders from space agencies, industry, academia, and R&D. By enabling dialogue among these communities, GLEX proved to be complementary to the Third International Conference on Exploration, held in Lucca, Italy, in November 2011, and to the work of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG).

    In addition to the heads of the Canadian, European, and Russian space agencies, and high level representatives of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and NASA, GLEX was attended by over 630 representatives from academia, government, and industry. The conference offered five plenary sessions, 35 technical sessions, and six panel discussions, and considered the entire exploration architecture, including possible exploration destinations for future missions, the technology needed to ensure mission success, and the crucial need for continued international cooperation throughout the exploration enterprise.

    AIAA President Mike Griffin stated, “I am extremely pleased with the results of our first AIAA/IAF Global Space Exploration Conference. This event offered everything we could have desired – a highly diverse international group of scientists, engineers, managers, astronauts, and operations professionals gathered together to discuss the future of space exploration. The atmosphere of energy and engagement was palpable, demonstrating the value that professional societies offer by hosting interdisciplinary events oriented around a common theme.”

    IAF President Berndt Feuerbacher noted, “This was a very successful conference. It succeeded to initiate a dialogue between the various stakeholder communities, and it established links previously not existing. This was the first Global Space Exploration Conference, and it will not be the last. Depending on demand and timelines, IAF will consider continuing this dialogue.”

    For more information on GLEX, including summaries and videos of the keynote and plenary sessions, please visit


    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit



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