Since joining the International Astronautical Federation in 2011, the CSS has continued to take steps towards serving as ambassadors for Canada's space industry for the international community.  The CSS drew much attention to it's bid to host the IAF's International Astronautical Congress in Toronto in 2014, a bid that was ultimlate successful with the help of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI).  Today, a number of Society members contribute to a variety of technical and administrative committees in the IAF.  Most recently, newly elected president, Wayne Ellis, and I attended the annual IAF meetings in Paris where we had the opportunity to engage the many other members on the latest developments throughout the space industry.

CSS President, Wayne Ellis (left), along with other SSC members select papers for IAC in Beijing.

 Since joining the International Astronautical Federation in 2011, the CSS has continued to take steps towards serving as ambassadors for Canada's space industry for the international community.  The CSS drew much attention to it's bid to host the IAF's International Astronautical Congress in Toronto in 2014, a bid that was ultimate successful with the help of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI).  Today, a number of Society members contribute to a variety of technical and administrative committees in the IAF.  Most recently, newly elected president, Wayne Ellis, and I attended the annual IAF meetings in Paris where we had the opportunity to engage the many other members on the latest developments throughout the space industry.

CSS President, Wayne Ellis (left), along with other SSC members select papers for IAC in Beijing.

One of the key activities of this 3-day event is the selection of papers for this year's IAF in Beijing.  This is an opportunity for many CSS members to participate and have a direct influence over the quality of the IAC.  I was very much involved in the selection of papers for one of the Satellite Communications and Navigation sessions and Wayne contributed to the recently established Space Societies Committee in their inaugural IAC session.

The Space Societies Committee reinvigorates a long-dormant mandate of the IAF; that is, to bring not only industry players together but also the many societies that exist throughout the world making tangible contributions to the science, technology and outreach that are the hallmarks of mankind's drive to explore the heavens.  Currently, the CSS is one of 17 representatives on the committee alongside such other notable organisations as The British Interplanetary Society, the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Chinese Society of Astronautics, the hosts for this year's IAC.  Currently, I am working to develop a list of benefits that can be made available to our international partners through their involvement in the IAF. 

In the weeks since the meetings in Paris, new opportunities have opened up in which CSS members can participate.  I have opened discussions with the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF), Austria's equivalent to CSS, to collaborate with them on a number of iniatives.  Their primary focus in recent years has been on the science and business of developing technologies for Mars exploration.  They have conducted a number of field campaigns in the Morrocan desert testing new spacesuits and related equipment.  I know a number of our members have been involved in Mars analogue mission either on Devon Island or in the deserts of Utah so this is an excellent opportunity for the exchange of information and continuing to showcase Canadian space research.  At the end of May, the OeWF will be hosting a two-day workshop where it will bring together the many industry and academic participants from its Mars research.  For more information, be sure to visit this website.

Stay tuned for more news on the CSS's international scene in the coming weeks.

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