71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2020) – The CyberSpace Edition
IAF Connecting @ll Space People

12 - 14 October 2020 (CEST)

About IAF and IAC 2020

The IAF

Founded in 1951, the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is the world’s leading space advocacy body with 397 members in 69 countries, including all leading space agencies, industries, research institutions, universities, societies, associations, institutes and museums worldwide.

Following its motto “Connecting @ll Space People” and its vision of “A space-faring world cooperating for the benefit of humanity”, the Federation advances knowledge about space, supporting the development and application of space assets by promoting global cooperation.

As organizer of the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) – world’s premier global space event – and other thematic events, the IAF actively encourages the development of space activities for peaceful purposes and supports the dissemination of scientific and technical information related to space.




IAC 2020

Since its first edition in 1950, the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) has been THE place for all space people to come together and discuss about the latest developments in space. In these challenging times, when physical meetings are near-impossible, the Federation, more than ever, is determined to play its unifying role for the space community. And this is why we have decided to organize the 71st International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2020, as a Cyberspace Edition and to offer it without registration fee, free of charge. New communities and stakeholders that would normally not have the means to physically travel to an IAC will be offered the unique opportunity to be part of this world’s premier space gathering.

In this spirit, the theme of the IAC 2020 – The CyberSpace Edition is “IAF Connecting @ll Space People": virtually and for free, we will embrace resilience by being connected together.

The IAC 2020 – The CyberSpace Edition encompasses most of the traditional IAC features compatible with a virtual format, including Plenaries, Highlight Lectures, the IAF Global Networking Forum Programme, Technical Programme including Special Sessions, Press Conferences and Networking Sessions.



IAC 2020 Partners


Programme Overview

IAC 2020 at a Glance

Monday 12 October 2020 (CEST)

  13:50 - 14:00

Introduction

  14:00 - 14:30

Opening Ceremony

  14:30 - 14:35

German Aerospace Center (DLR) - Announcement

  14:35 - 14:40

Lockheed Martin - Announcement

  14:40 - 15:30

  15:30 - 15:50

Press Conference

  15:50 - 16:00

European Space Agency (ESA) Announcement

  16:00 - 16:40

Special Session - Response of the Space Community to the COVID-19 pandemic 

  16:40 - 17:20

IAF GNF - DLR Panel: Science for Future – Earth Observation Technologies in the Age of Climate Change

  17:20 - 17:30

Thales Alenia Space (TAS) - Announcement

  17:30 - 18:00

Highlight Lecture - The  Chang’e 4 Mission Leaders

  18:00 - 18:05

Northrop Grumman Announcement

  18:10 - 18:50

NASA Session

  18:50 - 19:00

Recap Session


Technical Sessions Online Gallery - accessible 24 h from Monday 12 October 14:40 CEST to Wednesday 14 October, 16:30 CEST

Virtual Exhibition - accessible 24 h from Monday 12 October 14:40 CEST to Wednesday 14 October, 16:30 CEST



Tuesday 13 October 2020 (CEST)

  13:30 - 13:40

Introduction

  13:40 - 14:00

IAF Excellence in Industry Award

  14:00 - 14:40

IAF GNF - ISS Commercialization and Future Industry Innovation in Low Earth Orbit

  14:40 - 14:50

Arianespace Announcement

  14:50 - 15:30

Plenary Event - Small and Medium Sized Companies - Strategies for Survival and Recovery in the Age of COVID-19

  15:30 - 15:35

Lockheed Martin Announcement

  15:35 - 15:40

Blue Origin Announcement

  15:40 - 16:20

IAF GNF - The Artemis Mission 

  16:20 - 17:00

IAF GNF - Orion, The Foundation for Crewed Exploration of Deep Space

  17:00 - 17:40

Networking Session - Inspiration and Innovation: Public/Private Partnerships as a catalyst for the Next Generation

  17:40 - 17:50

Thales Alenia Space (TAS) Announcement

  17:50 - 18:20

Highlight Lecture - MEV 1: The World’s First Commercial On-Orbit Servicing Mission

  18:20 - 18:25

German Aerospace Center (DLR) - Announcement

  18:25 - 18:30

Blue Origin - Announcement

  18:30 - 19:10

NASA Session  - Artemis Accords

  19:10 - 19:20

Recap Session


Technical Sessions Online Gallery - accessible 24 h from Monday 12 October 14:40 CEST to Wednesday 14 October, 16:30 CEST

Virtual Exhibition - accessible 24 h from Monday 12 October 14:40 CEST to Wednesday 14 October, 16:30 CEST



Wednesday 14 October 2020 (CEST)

  12:50 - 13:00

Introduction

  13:00 - 13:40

New Era in Commercial Space

  13:40 - 14:00

IAF 3G Diversity Award

  14:40 - 14:00

Special Session - Unleashing the Potential of AI and ML in Space

  14:40 - 14:45

German Aerospace Center (DLR) - Announcement

  14:45 - 14:50

Northrop Grumman Announcement 

  14:50 - 15:30

Plenary Event - Early 2020s - Launch of Worldwide Missions to Mars

  15:30 - 15:35

European Space Agency (ESA) Annoucement

  15:35 - 15:40

Announcement

  15:40 - 16:20

IAF GNF - IAF /ASE Astronauts Panel

  16:20 - 16:25

Dragonfly Aerospace Announcement

  16:25 - 16:30

Announcement

  16:30 - 17:10

IAF GNF - ESA Event

  17:10 - 17:15

Announcement

  17:15 - 17:20

Announcement

  17:20 - 17:30

IAF Mentoring Platform

  17:30 - 18:00

Closing Ceremony


Technical Sessions Online Gallery - accessible 24 h from Monday 12 October 14:40 CEST to Wednesday 14 October, 16:30 CEST

Virtual Exhibition - accessible 24 h from Monday 12 October 14:40 CEST to Wednesday 14 October, 16:30 CEST

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the IAC 2020 – The Cyberspace Edition is without registration fee. Given the worldwide pandemic situation, we want to open our doors to everybody, free of charge for a global community.
Yes. To participate in the event, please register here.
This is an online event and you can participate anywhere that you have Internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet.
Online sessions will be accessible on the dedicated website which will use Zoom for the broadcast.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event.
Yes, it is possible to watch the session afterwards via the platform until 11 November 2020. After this date, all sessions will be available on the IAF official YouTube channel.
  • Watch live online Plenary and IAF GNF Sessions, Special Sessions, Highlight Lectures
  • Participate in Networking Sessions
  • Have access to all the pre-recorded Technical Programme presentationsli
  • Digital Congress Bag
  • Virtual Exhibition
  • Live Chat
For questions regarding the Technical Programme please contact support@iafastro.org
Send an email to tech@vfairs.com for any technical assistance
Yes! You can simply share the link to this page and they can register at their convenience.
The full programme is accessible here. In addition, the full programme will be provided in the digital congress bag.
If you are a credited member of the press contact media@iafastro.org