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16 August 1960, Stockholm, Sweden, by Theodore Von Karman. Independent non-governmental organization recognized by the United Nations in 1996.


Foster the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes; Recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in a related branch of science or technology; Provide a program through which members may contribute to international endeavours; Cooperation in the advancement of aerospace science.


Regular Meeting (every two years). Board of Trustees (meets twice a year), consisting of: President; four Vice-Presidents and twenty-eight Trustees, seven from each Section: Basic Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences, Social Sciences. Current President: Dr Madhavan G. Nair, Past-President: Prof Edward C. Stone, USA, Vice-Presidents: Mr Yannick d'Escatha, France; Prof Liu Jiyuan, China ; Dr Hiroki Matsuo, Japan; General Anatoly Perminov, Russia; Secretary General Dr Jean-Michel Contant, France. Activities: Encourage international scientific cooperation through scientific symposia and meetings and the work of six specialized commissions: - Space Physical Sciences, - Space Life Sciences, - Space Technology and System Development, - Space Systems Operations and Utilization, - Space Policy Law and Economy, - Space and Society Culture and Education. A major initiative of the Academy is the development of a series of "Cosmic Studies" and "Position Papers" dealing with the many aspects of international cooperation endeavours in: - The exploration and habitation of the solar sytems and beyonds; - The space debris, - The small satellites, - Declaration of Principles Concerning Activities Following the Detection of Extraterrestrial Intelligence, - EVA Safety and Space Suit Interoperability, - Inexpensive Scientific Satellite Missions, - Lunar and Martian Exploration, - Next Steps in Exploring Deep Space, - Space to promote Peace, - Space Traffic Management, - Knowledge Management in Space Activities, - Cost Effective Earth Observation Missions.

Encourage international scientific cooperation through symposia and meetings in the area of: space sciences, space life sciences, space technology & system development, space systems operations & utilization, space policy, law & economy, space & society, culture & education; Publish cosmic studies dealing with a wide variety of topics including space exploration, space debris, small satellites, space traffic management, natural disaster, climate change, etc.

Cooperation with other Academies:
Establish cooperation with Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1985), Austrian Academy of Sciences (1986, 1993), Academy of Sciences of France (1988, 2001), Academy of Finland (1988), Indian Academy of Sciences (1990, 2007), Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences (1989), German Academy of Sciences (1990), Kingdom of Netherlands (1990), Academies of Arts, Humanities & Sciences of Canada (1991), U.S. Academy of Sciences (1992, 2002), U.S. Academy of Engineering (1992, 2002), Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (1994), Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (1995), Chinese Academy of Sciences (1996, 2013), Academy of Sciences of Turin (1997), Australian Academy of Sciences (1998), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (1999), Brazilian Academy of Sciences (2000), U.S. Institute of Medicine (2002), Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2010, 2012), Academy of Sciences of South Africa (2011), Royal Society of South Africa (2011), Pontifical Academy of Sciences (2012).

Publish the journal of the International Academy of Astronautics ACTA ASTRONAUTICA ranked 7th in the world; Yearbook, Dictionaries and CD-ROM in 24 languages (last languages Afrikaner and Swahili); Book Series on small satellite, conference proceedings, remote sensing and history. All publications available at


Full and Corresponding Members (active: 1156) in four Trustee Sections;

Honorary members (4);

members in 82 countries.

- Africa: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia.

- Americas: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.

- Asia: Bahrain, Burma, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam.

- Europe: Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ukraine. - Oceania: Australia, New Zealand.

International Academy of Astronautics