16/10/2020 – Noordwijk – The Netherlands
On the 14th, 15th, and 16th of October 2020, we had the pleasure of attending the 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2020) – Cyberspace Edition, organised by the International Astronautical Federation virtually.
Since its first edition in 1950, the IAC has been the place for all space people to come together and discuss the latest developments in space. The event was held virtually, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, albeit it was a huge success, with more than 12000 registered participants from 135 countries around the globe.
The event was run for three consecutive days and included technical presentations as well as a virtual exhibition. Topics discussed included climate change, the current and upcoming Moon and Mars exploration missions such as Mars 2020 and the Artemis programme. Another major topic of the online discussions we the COVID-19 pandemic, its effect on the space industry and how the industry’s response could play a catalytic role for the amelioration of the pandemic’s effect on the global economy. One of the highlights of the congress was the “3G” (Geography, Generation, Gender) Diversity Award that ESA received for their commitment to creating a modern and inclusive working environment and striving to enhance the innovative perspectives brought in by a diverse pool of talents.
It was a great event, packed with information, that offered an amazing opportunity to stay updated on the latest and most important topics within the space industry. Technological innovation is taking a great leap at the moment, while commercialisation of space is expected to accelerate progress even further. We can’t wait for all the exciting missions ahead! – said Maria-Eirini.
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