IAA Cosmic Studies

Space Solar Power

SKU: B002
Description:
Space Solar Power, the First International Assessment of Space Solar Power: Opportunities, Issues and Potential Pathways Forward, Published 2011, 248 pages. Hardcover. Now, more than ever, large‐scale and sustainable new energy sources are needed to meet global needs while satisfying environmental concerns. This document addresses the technical feasibility of the concept, prospective markets and expected policy issues. The report describes and evaluates in some depth three alternative SPS concepts; it concludes with a high‐level set of findings and specific recommendations for the consideration of the global space and energy community. Space solar power is technically feasible, but economics of SPS can only be determined by means of international end‐to‐end systems studies. An international roadmap for realizing this goal is presented, which could achieve a major pilot‐plant scale demonstration within 10‐15 years. 80€ shipping included.
€80.00

Climate Change

SKU: B003
Description:
Space‐Applications in Climate Change and Green Systems: The Need for International Cooperation, Published 2010, 66 pages. The report was presented at the historic Summit of 30 Heads of Space Agencies on November 17, 2010 in Washington DC, US. Over the past half‐century, space systems have made crucial contributions to the understanding of climate change. The future activities make significant contributions to monitoring both the causes and the consequences of Climate Change, as well as to mitigating its effects. This report of the International Academy of Astronautics addresses these potential contributions, examining three critically important themes: observing Earth from space, leveraging the integration of space and ground systems, and enabling novel green systems and technologies. The report finds that there is already significant international cooperation but that still more can be done and concludes by presenting the recommendations of the Academy to the global space community for action in each thematic area, including crosscutting actions for enhanced international cooperation both among the members of the space community, and with organizations external to it. 35€ shipping included.
€35.00

PECB

SKU: B001
Description:
Protecting the Environment of Celestial Bodies: the Need for Policy and Guidelines, Published in 2011, 81 pages. This IAA Study on Protecting the Environment of Celestial Bodies (PECB) aims to provide an overview of existing methods of planetary protection and their feasibility from the perspective of biological, chemical, legal, economic and other viewpoints. By doing so, the Study goes deliberately beyond the interpretation of “Planetary Protection” by COSPAR (Committee on Space Research), which is generally used as a set of methods for protecting the planets from biological contamination to avoid compromising future astrobiological research. In view of limits on the size of this volume, the Study concentrates mainly on the Moon and Mars environments. It is fully recognized, however, that the environments of other celestial bodies, including asteroids that may be visited by manned spacecraft before a mission to Mars, are also worthy of consideration. 35€ shipping included.
€35.00

Robotic Exploration

SKU: B009
Description:
Future Planetary Robotic Exploration: the Need for International Cooperation, Published 2010, 44 pages. The report reviews the scientific quest to increase our knowledge of the origin and evolution of the solar system, and to search for signs of life within it. It gives a summary of planned robotic exploration activities, as well as challenges and needed R&D solutions. The report addresses in particular: 1) Scientific exploration of the solar system - The driving science goals for the coming decades; 2) Space weather and the characterization of the space environment; 3) R&D investment and key enabling technologies ; 4) Human-mission technology validation; 5) The case and potential areas for international cooperation in robotic and human exploration of deep space. 35€ shipping included.
€35.00

Disaster Management

SKU: B010
Description:
Space-Based Disaster Management: the Need for International Cooperation, Published 2010, 79 pages. The report briefly describes the significant role played by space technology vis-à-vis major natural disasters, overall shortcomings in the presently available space observations and in early warning/forecasting methods. Further it gives an account of various international initiatives which are providing space-based information and services for monitoring and mitigating different natural disasters. Possible satellite constellations carrying both optical and microwave sensors capable of providing data at frequent intervals as well as those providing measurements required as precursors for earthquakes are indicated. The study makes various recommendations related to virtual satellite constellations, data sharing policy, access to in-situ observations across geographical boundaries, strengthening collaborative efforts in developing early warning methods, augmenting communication networks for ensuring availability of data and value-added products in near real-time and necessary efforts required for capacity building and outreach activities. 35€ shipping included.
€35.00

Human Spaceflight

SKU: B011
Description:
Future Human Spaceflight: the Need for International Cooperation, Published 2010, 62 pages. This report, written by an international team, is an end-to-end assessment of the Human Spaceflight issues starting from the basic exploration questions, and ending with possible international cooperation implementation schemes. This Study provides concrete proposals on how to move beyond the International Space Station program and to make Human Spaceflight part of a broader international agenda. The ultimate objective of space exploration is to extend human presence across the Solar System and create communities beyond the Earth. The long-term sustainability of worldwide space exploration programs will benefit from the participation and support of a broader community outside of the current space industry and the inclusion of the public. The involvement of existing, emerging, and developing space nations in such endeavors will both strengthen existing partnerships and foster new ones. 35€ shipping included.
€35.00

Artificial Gravity

SKU: B012
Description:
Artificial Gravity Research to enable Human Space Exploration, Published 2009, 37 pages. The scope of the report covered the key biomedical research questions that need to be answered to make artificial gravity a practical countermeasure and the facilities and flight opportunities required to answer key questions to accomplish the necessary research. Human and animal experiments, on Earth and in space, were considered for both short-radius intermittent centrifugation and long-radius continuous rotation paradigms. 35€ shipping included.
€35.00

Asteroids & Comets

SKU: B013
Description:
Dealing with the Threat to Earth from Asteroids and Comets, Published 2009, 140 pages. Hardcover. The Earth has been struck by asteroids and comets (Near-Earth Objects, NEOs) many times throughout its history. This report of the International Academy of Astronautics addresses the nature of the threat, expected future impacts, and the consequences of impacts from various size NEOs. It reviews current programs to detect, track, and characterize NEOs, and the future improvements required in order to take responsible and timely action. It identifies a number of techniques that could alter an incoming NEO's orbit so as to avoid an impact. It addresses the organizational aspects that will have to be dealt with if a serious international capability is to be developed and employed to mitigate the threat. It then addresses behavioral factors and the sociological and psychological aspects of the threat and attempts at its mitigation before, during, and after an intercept attempt, whether successful or not. Lastly the report examines some of the principal international policy implications that must be dealt with if the world is to act in a timely, unified, and effective way with the very real threat due to NEOs. 80€ shipping included.
€80.00

Medical Safety

SKU: B014
Description:
Medical Safety and Liability Issues for Short-Duration Commercial Orbital Space Flights, Published 2009, 32 pages. The objective of this report is to identify and prioritize medical screening considerations in order to preserve the health and promote the safety of paying passengers who intend to participate in short-duration flights (up to 4 weeks) onboard commercial orbital space vehicles. This report is intended to provide general medical guidance to the operators of orbital manned commercial space vehicles for the medical assessment of prospective passengers. More specifically, this report is intended for medical personnel employed by commercial space vehicle operators. Physicians supported by other appropriate health professionals who are trained and experienced in the concepts of aerospace medicine should perform the medical assessments of all prospective space passengers. In view of the wide variety of possible approaches that can be used to design and operate orbital manned commercial space vehicles in the foreseeable future, the IAA medical safety considerations are generic in scope and are based on current analysis of physiological and pathological changes that may occur as a result of human exposure to operational and environmental risk factors present during orbital space flight. 35€ shipping included.
€35.00

Psychology & Culture

SKU: B015
Description:
Psychology and Culture during Long-Duration Space Missions, Published 2009, 55 pages. The objective of this report is twofold: a) to describe the current knowledge of cultural, psychological, psychiatric, cognitive, and interpersonal issues that are relevant to the behavior and performance of astronaut crews and ground support personnel; and b) to make recommendations for future human space missions, including both transit and planetary surface operations on the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Potential readers include members of the IAA; space agency personnel, including astronauts and cosmonauts; and people interested in the psychological and cultural aspects of humans working in space. The focus is on long-duration missions lasting at least six weeks, when important psychological and interpersonal factors begin to take their toll on crewmembers. This information is designed to provide guidelines for astronaut selection and training, in-flight monitoring and support, and post-flight recovery and re-adaptation. 35€ shipping included.
€35.00

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