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Key Technologies to Enable Near-Term Interstellar Scientific Precursor Missions

SKU: EB026
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Key Technologies to Enable Near-Term Interstellar Scientific Precursor Missions, Published in 2013, 95 pages. This Cosmic Study considers the near-term implementation of robotic Interstellar Precursor probes, which should be considered as precursors to true interstellar missions. Destinations for such missions include the heliopause at >100 AU and the Sun's inner gravity focus at 550 AU. Current propulsion systems capable of reaching such destinations on trajectories requiring decades of travel time include the solar sail and nuclear-electric rocket. As well as presenting a consideration of near- and far-term propulsion technologies to implement such missions, this Study considers multiple aspects of potential destinations, science, and associated technologies. 10€ for a pdf format version. €10.00 (electronic version).
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Space Debris Environment Remediation

SKU: EB024
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Space Debris Environment Remediation, Published in 2013, 85 pages. The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) has been investigating the status and the stability of the space debris environment in several studies by first looking into space traffic management possibilities, and then investigating means of mitigating the creation of space debris. The present report, with a focus on removal concepts and technical options for debris environment remediation, is intended to pave the way for a follow-on IAA study on “Orbital Debris Removal: Policy, Legal, Political and Economic Considerations”. That study will address in more detail the feasibility of technical, operational, legal and economical solution approaches. 10€ for a pdf format version. €10.00 (electronic version).
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Cost Effective Earth Observation Missions

SKU: EB019
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Cost Effective Earth Observation Missions, Published 2005, 160 pages. Hardcover. Cost-effective missions can be achieved by using different approaches and methods. One of the possible approaches is taking full advantage of the ongoing technology developments leading to further miniaturization of engineering components, development of micro-technologies for sensors and instruments which allow designing dedicated, well-focused Earth observation missions. This Study provides a definition of cost-effective Earth observation missions, information about background material and organizational support, shows the cost drivers and how to achieve cost-effective missions, and provides a chapter dedicated to training and education. The focus is on the status quo and prospects of applications in the field of Earth observation. 10€ for a pdf format version. €10.00 (electronic version).
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Space Traffic Management

SKU: EB018
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Space Traffic Management, Published 2005, 104 pages. At first glance, the management of space traffic does not appear to be a pressing problem. On closer examination, this judgement has to be challenged. A high level and ever growing number of launches from more and more launch sites and spaceports, the participation of non-governmental entities, the positioning of satellite constellations, an increase in space debris and the advent of reusable launch vehicles support this view. Conceptualizing space traffic management will turn out to become a relevant task during the next two decades. Space traffic management however, will limit the freedom of use of outer space. Therefore an international consensus on internationally binding regulations will only be achieved, if States identify certain urgency and expect a specific as well as collective benefit - including an economic benefit - from this. The study addresses or directs decision makers in UNCOPUOS, ITU and ICAO to approach specific problems, organizations which are building blocks for a future space traffic management regime. 10€ for a pdf format version. €10.00 (electronic version).
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Space Debris Mitigation: Implementing Zero Debris Creation Zones

SKU: EB017
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Space Debris Mitigation: Implementing Zero Debris Creation Zones, Published 2005, 61 pages. For several decades, orbital debris has been identified as a serious concern! This orbital debris potentially threatens future space missions, mainly in Low Earth Orbits and in Geostationary Earth Orbit, due to the risk of high energy collisions with valuable spacecraft. A complete presentation of the topic has been published with the year 2000 revision of the IAA Position Paper on Orbital Debris 1. There are only very limited ways to improve the risks or effects of collisions: • Removal of large potential colliders does not seem practically feasible today • Collision avoidance is possible only with large catalogued debris • Shielding of critical spacecraft is possible up to a low energy limit only: debris larger than 1 or 2 cm impacting an active spacecraft may have very deadly effect • Mitigation is by far the most efficient strategy: limiting the number of orbital debris in the critical orbital zones is the most efficient strategy for long term stability of the orbital population. The study covered both the spacecraft and the launchers topics. Major recommendations are: • There shall be no generation of operational debris. • There shall be no risk of explosion following end of mission: any spacecraft or upper stage left in orbit shall be "passivated" • Two orbital regions shall be protected: Low Earth Region up to 2000 km and Geostationary Earth Orbit. Clear motto as a long term strategy: no orbital debris creation within these two protected regions. May be replaced in the coming decade by no long lived orbital debris creation within the two protected regions. 10€ for a pdf format version. €10.00 (electronic version).
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The Next Steps in Exploring Deep Space

SKU: EB016
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The Next Steps in Exploring Deep Space, Published 2007, 146 pages. Hardcover. The purpose of this report is to articulate a vision for the scientific exploration of space in the first half of the 21 st Century. The compelling scientific and cultural imperatives that guide this vision provide the context for a logical, systematic, and evolutionary architecture for human expansion into the solar system. This architecture represents a new approach leading ultimately to human exploration of Mars and a permanent human presence in the solar system. Within this framework, scientific objectives are used to determine the destinations for human explorers, and each successive destination and new set of capabilities is established as a stepping-stone to further exploration. Robotic missions continue to play a key role in achieving the science objectives and preparing for human exploration. Such an integrated robotic-human exploration program can be safe, cost-effective, exciting, and scientifically rewarding, and thus can have the public appeal and political support that are prerequisites for sustainable long-term human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. 10€ for a pdf format version. €10.00 (electronic version).
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Space Expectations: Shaping the Next Fifty Years

SKU: EB027
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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"). 10€ for a pdf format version. €10.00 (electronic version).
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The Role of Space Architecture

SKU: EB028
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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. 10€ for a pdf format version. €10.00 (electronic version).
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The Impact of Space Activities upon Society

SKU: EB029
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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. 10€ for a pdf format version. €10.00 (electronic version).
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Space to Promote Peace

SKU: EB031
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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. 10€ for a pdf format version. €10.00 (electronic version).
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