IAA Cosmic Studies

Global Perspectives on Regional Cooperation in Space: Policies, Governance & Legal Tools

SKU: B041
Published:
2017
Description:
Global Perspectives on Regional Cooperation in Space: Policies, Governance & Legal Tools, published in March 2017, 269 pages. This IAA Cosmic Study focuses on four geographic regions: the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific. The majority of the contributions emphasizes the present status of regional cooperation, and makes recommendations for enhanced collaboration as well as areas for future study and collaboration. 80€ shipping included.
€80.00

Global Human Mars System Missions Exploration – Goals, Requirements and Technologies

SKU: B039
Published:
2016
Description:
Global Human Mars System Missions Exploration – Goals, Requirements and Technologies. Published August 2016, 152 pages, soft cover.The idea that humans could reach Mars is quite old and was advocated by many pioneers of spaceflight. Apart from fictional descriptions, sometimes by passing completely the problem of getting there, and of pioneristic work dealing with the general aspect of the problem, the first detailed study of a human Mars mission was done by Wernher von Braun who published in 1949 Das Mars Projekt, a technically sound project, demonstrating that it was possible to reach Mars with a technology predictable for a not too distant future. This project, although technologically consistent, didn’t take in due account the relevant costs and, as perhaps unavoidably in a first attempt to rationalize the problem, was not sustainable. Since then many projects were published by space agencies, individual researchers and companies from many different countries, but after 65 years human Mars exploration seems to be still a goal far in the future. One of these studies was the “Cosmic Study” on human Mars Exploration published by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in 1993. The International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) produced a Global Exploration Roadmap (GER) in which three destinations for exploration missions are contemplated: the Moon, the cislunar space and the asteroids, and Mars. While in the roadmap the goal of human Mars exploration is considered as a goal to be achieved in a more distant future, several “stepping stones” are stated, among which there is a strong program of Mars robotic exploration. In this context, the IAA in 2012 has set up a Study Group (SG 3.16) to produce a new Cosmic Study dealing with human Mars missions. The first results of this work were summarized in a White Cosmic Study presented at the Heads of Space Agencies meeting in Washington D.C., USA in January 2014. The final results of the study group constitute the present document. The purpose of this IAA study is not to produce yet another project design, but rather to help future projects develop by summarizing, in one document, the current state of the art on the various aspects related to Human Mars Exploration: technological, human, economic and organizational. It will end with specific recommendations for overcoming the obstacles still cluttering the road toward achieving the end goal of launching a manned mission to Mars. The starting point of the study is that the very ambitious goal of bringing humans to the Red Planet must be pursued as a truly international enterprise; in which all countries contribute toward the final achievement. Another starting assumption is that reaching Mars must not be a single exploit, but a very important step along a road leading the human species to become a spacefaring civilization. 40€ shipping included.
€40.00

Life Sciences

SKU: B036
Published:
2014
Description:
Space Life Sciences for Africa, International Cooperation for Space Life Sciences Knowledge Sharing and Development in Africa, published in 2014, 49 pages. This cosmic study aims to develop the IAA’s strategy for space life sciences knowledge development and sharing for emerging space-faring African nations in general and for Nigeria’s National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) in particular. The study’s review of space activities in Africa reveals that two African countries—Nigeria and South Africa—have fully developed space agencies and programs. The cosmic study charge is to assess existing space-related activities among African nations and suggest strategies to enable and promote space life sciences research and educational outreach in African countries seeking to expand their role in the space science community through increased international cooperation. The goals of this cosmic study are to: review existing space exploration activities in Africa; recommend feasible IAA strategies for space life sciences knowledge development and sharing in Africa; and suggest a design for a roadmap showing how Africa’s space-faring countries may develop international partnerships to produce indigenous space life sciences research and educational outreach programs in a rapidly globalizing space exploration world. 35€ shipping included.
€35.00

Access to Space

SKU: B035
Published:
2014
Description:
Private Human Access to Space Volume 1: Suborbital Flights, Published 2014, 98 pages. In this cosmic study booklet we have provided an overview of the different issues and challenges associated with private suborbital spaceflight. An historical perspective was provided to set the stage for addressing the technical challenges still to be overcome. The various elements required for the business of space tourism, including spaceports, vehicle design, to include interior considerations, were addressed. An assessment of what motivates people towards personal spaceflight as well as the medical requirements that might be imposed were also detailed. Indeed, there is still much to do on the legal side of things as this new enterprise seeks to identify the appropriate legal framework in which to operate. Finally, the market demand, including that for potential payload opportunities, was analyzed and the current international commercial regulations have been presented to provide a complete picture of this emerging business area. A SWOT analysis, highlighting the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats associated with space tourism captures the essential elements under consideration and is the basis for several recommendations. 35€ shipping included.
€35.00

Bed Rest Studies

SKU: B034
Published:
2014
Description:
Guidelines for Standardization of Bed Rest Studies in the Spaceflight Context, Published 2014, 70 pages. Bed rest studies, in which healthy volunteers are confined to bed in a 6° head-down tilt position, are a well-established model for some of the adaptations experienced by astronauts during spaceflight. They are therefore a very valuable tool both for investigating possible mechanisms and for testing measures to counter these adaptations. Further, the results obtained in these studies have obvious relevance and applications in terrestrial clinical contexts, which make them even more useful. Many space agencies (and in some cases even individual investigator teams) around the world are involved in organizing bed rest studies. However the conditions in which these studies are performed are quite diverse. Differences lie, for example, in the duration of studies, angle (6° tilt or horizontal), sunlight exposure, sleep/wake cycles, nutritional standards and control. This complicates drawing overall conclusions and comparing results on countermeasure effectiveness between different studies. In order to achieve better standardization of bed rest studies in the spaceflight context, an International Academy of Astronauts (IAA) study group was initiated, including members from most of the entities that are actively pursuing this type of activity. This cosmic study represents the outcome of the work of the study group. Standardization can be differentiated to two different aspects: standardization of the conditions of bed rest studies and standardization of a core set of measurements to ensure that a minimum of outcome data are available from every study. Consequently this report contains description of these two aspects. 35€ shipping included.
€35.00

Space Elevators

SKU: B040
Published:
2013
Description:
Space Elevators: an Assessment of the Technological Feasibility and the Way Forward, Published in 2013, 349 pages. This book addresses the simple and complex issues that have been identified through the development of space elevator concepts over the last decade. The report begins with a summary of those ideas in Edwards' and Westling's book The Space Elevator (2003). Out of these beginnings has risen a worldwide cadre focused upon their areas of expertise as applied to space elevator development and operational infrastructure. The report answers some basic questions about the feasibility of a space elevator infrastructure. A preview of the main questions and answers shows the depth and breadth of this Cosmic Study: Why a space elevator? Can it be done? How would all the elements fit together to create a system of systems? What are the technical feasibility of each major space elevator element? 80€ shipping included.
€80.00

Promote Peace

SKU: B031
Published:
2004
Description:
Space to Promote Peace (with focus on reconstruction of Afghanistan), Published September 2004, Paris, France, 119 pages, Can Space technology promote peace and development in the world? Can Space technology contribute to meet efficiently such a challenge and aid the Afghan and the international efforts of reconstruction in Afghanistan? Can Space- based tools make a difference? These are questions that nations having space-capabilities have to answer and make a combined effort to pitch in support of promoting peace and bring in an improvement in the quality of life of these people. Intuitively, countries with access to space assets know that space-based applications can have the potential to enhance life on Earth, including contributions to environmental monitoring, natural resource management, health, and therefore to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in these countries. However, they know that the capabilities of space technology are still not used in a huge part of the world where they could be extremely useful, particularly in Afghanistan: The challenge is implementation. 45€ including shipping.
€45.00

Space Activities

SKU: B029
Published:
2005
Description:
The Impact of Space Activities upon Society, Published February 2005, Paris, France, 70 pages. As the 21st century gets further underway, the impact of space activities upon the welfare of humanity will only increase. We can imagine that during the 21st century the human expansion and insight into the cosmos will produce some of the more significant events of this new century. In addition to the enormous knowledge that space exploration has already delivered, space technologies have become integrated into everyday life so deeply that modern society could not function without them. The Academy helped to formulate the future through recognition of the positive impacts of space activities upon society. The Academy has created a book which gives personal insights from world leaders, scientists, recognized authorities and influential personalities as well as space experts in response to the following statement: "I believe that space activities are impacting society through......" The intention is to illustrate that space activities have a positive and beneficial impact on everyday life and society and thus help people to understand that everyone benefits. We are only 50 years into the next expansion of the human spirit. What we find and where we go will impact society in manners unforeseen. With this book, we record the start. 45€ including shipping.
€45.00

Space Architecture

SKU: B028
Published:
2013
Description:
The Role of Space Architecture, Published in 2013, 32 pages. The purpose of this study was to identify professional disciplines as tools that should collaborate and interact with each other in order to achieve comprehensive and balanced design solutions that would satisfy human needs during space flight and might be applied to diverse space missions. The study attempted to demonstrate importance of addressing all types of human activities at earlier stages of space structures design rather than adapting existing engineering solutions to various human needs and incorporating them into final design product. That is especially important for planning long-term missions to farther destinations than Low Earth Orbit practices with demographically, culturally and professionally diverse habitants onboard of spacecrafts. There are no “small” issues in designing facilities for dangerous and extremely expensive missions to Moon, Mars, asteroids and other destinations. That applies to technical and human sides of design equally. 35€ including shipping.
€35.00

Space Expectations

SKU: B027
Published:
2013
Description:
Space Expectations: Shaping the Next Fifty Years, Published in 2013, 23 pages. The purposes of the International Academy of Astronautics are to foster the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes, to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in a branch of science or technology related to astronautics, to provide a program through which the membership can contribute to international endeavors and partnerships in the advancement of aerospace science, while in cooperation with national science or engineering academies. This report is a reflection of those goals as it summarizes two studies that positively involved the general public with the space community ("Space Impact upon Society" and "Space Expectations"). 35€ including shipping.
€35.00

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