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2016-Oct-02, 08:48 AM
The 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) just concluded in Mexico. Just providing links to some of the sessions I could find including the 1st session which had all the heads of the space organization from the major space faring nations took part.


This is the Heads of Agencies plenary from the 67th International Astronautical Congress taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico.


Elon Musk takes the stage of the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sept. 27, it won’t be to rehash terrestrial concerns like a fatal Tesla autopilot crash or a poorly received merger proposal. Instead, the space and electric-car entrepreneur will be talking about realizing his boyhood dream: going to Mars.


This is Plenary 3: Space and Climate: How Space Agencies Will Contribute to the Implementation and Follow-up of the Paris Agreement during COP 21? from the 67th International Astronautical Congress taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico.

2016-Oct-03, 11:29 AM
Another presentation from the congress is by SpaceWorks Enterprises,


SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) is pleased to release an update to its research into a human stasis approach at the 2016 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The concept involves placing the crew of a Mars mission into a prolonged hypothermic state during the in-space transit phases, both Mars-outbound and Earth-return. With Phase II support and funding provided by the NASA HQ’s NIAC program, SpaceWorks has identified four key areas to further focus their efforts and assembled an invaluable medical team to assist in the research.

2016-Oct-03, 11:41 AM
Yet another presentation at the conference is the RemoveDebris mission. More details in the article below.


Surrey Space Centre and NanoRacks are pleased to announce the RemoveDebris mission will be deployed into low-Earth orbit from the International Space Station (ISS) using the NanoRacks Kaber Satellite Deployment System (Kaber).

Since the beginning of the space era, a huge amount of orbital debris has progressively been building up; from old rocket casings to dead satellites, there are almost 7,000 tonnes of it around the Earth. Active debris removal missions have been suggested as a way of limiting and controlling future growth by actively sending up spacecraft to capture and remove the debris from space – to date this has never been fully achieved.

The RemoveDebris mission, which started in 2013 and has more than 60 people assigned to the mission, draws on the expertise of some of Europe’s most prominent space companies and institutions. The project is co-funded by the European Commission and the partners (the research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n607099). The mission will launch a 100 kg satellite (designed by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited – SSTL, and Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC – SST-US) to demonstrate four different debris removal technologies. In the mission, CubeSats, provided by the Surrey Space Centre (SSC), will be ejected from CubeSat deployers (provided by ISIS – Innovative Solutions In Space) to be used as “artificial debris”. Airbus DS France is in charge of the mission design and the system engineering.