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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Important outcomes of the IAC 2004

The International Astronautical Congress for 2004 is over and the news from it is starting to be digested by the Space industry around the world.

Dr. Marc Garneau, President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) shared the podium with Paul Bush, Telesat Vice President to announce the operational debut of The world's largest commercial communications satellite, Telesat's Anik F2.

Later he joined with Mr. Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), as they highlighted "technological, scientific and industrial discovery, exploration and applications, the result of cooperation that has over the past 25 years delivered far reaching social and economic benefits."

Arianespace announced that fifty mini-satellites are to be sent into space to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of the first such object, Sputnik 1. The "nanosats", each weighing 1kg, will blast into orbit on board an Ariane rocket in 2007

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) team was selected by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) to receive the 2004 Laurels for Team Achievement award. The team consists of scientists, engineers, managers, and NASA, European Space Agency and Space Telescope Science Institute support staff.

In other news from the IAC 2004 ...

Dr K. Kasturirangan, a former chairman of Indias extremely successful ISRO, was awarded the Allan D. Emil Memorial Award by the President of IAF, Marcio Barbose

The ESA, the Russians and most significantly the Chinese were active participants.

Debate ranged from the future of the International Space Station to interest in using solar power from space for terrestrial energy needs and humans on Mars by 2030: NASA expert


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