Jean-Yves Le Gall first chaired a panel session on ‘Connecting @ll Space People: The IAF and IAC Success Stories’, alongside Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the Executive Board of the German space agency DLR and Incoming IAF President. He pointed to the fact that the 70th IAC to be held in Washington D.C. on 21 to 25 October will be the fifth IAC hosted by the United States and the third in the U.S. capital. In this respect, it will mark a milestone in the history of the Federation, as it coincides with celebrations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing. He then recalled that the 71st IAC will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2020, and the 72nd in Paris, France in 2021.
CNES’s President also took part in a panel session with the heads of the space agencies of Canada, Europe (ESA), France, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates on the theme of ‘The Next 50 Years: Agency Leader Perspectives’. The panel naturally addressed the issue of international partnerships for Mars and Moon exploration missions following the recent statements from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.
On the sidelines of the Space Symposium, CNES held bilateral meetings with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Japan Aerospace and eXploration Agency (JAXA) and National Space Policy Secretariat (NSPS), and the UK Space Agency (UKSA). Meetings were also held with private stakeholders to discuss future projects: Axiom Space, looking to build the first private international space station; Lockheed Martin Space and its prospects on NASA’s lunar programme; Planet, in particular its possible participation in certain European programmes; and Virgin Orbit, which notably is developing and marketing its LauncherOne light launch vehicle and Cosmic Girl carrier aircraft.