From Sunday September 18 to Thursday September 22, 2022, the world of space has an appointment in Paris! The most important event in the field, the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), is held in the capital, at the Porte de Versailles for five days.

The French national space agency — report a record of participants: more than 8,000 professional registrations, for an organization which brings together 72 member countries. Apart from Russia, all the agencies of space promoters and users, industry and the scientific community of the sector, will be present to exchange, discuss and present their achievements and projects.

A large exhibition hall of 8000 square meters will welcome 250 exhibitors from all over the world. For the first time, NASA has registered and will talk about the James Webb space telescope and the new Artemis lunar program, at the Paris Expo convention center. China will present its achievements and ambitions. The European Space Agency will detail its future programs and projects.

Wednesday 21, day open to the public, on registration

During this trade fair, the theme of which is “Space for all”, “space for all”, a general public day, free of charge but upon prior registration, will allow visitors to visit the stands of space agencies and industrialists, but also to attend at thematic conferences for which Ciel & Espace is the press partner.

The morning is devoted to 40 years of French manned spaceflight.

From 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the presentation focuses on the historical period of the years 1990-2000, the manned flight of today and tomorrow, with in particular a video testimony of Jean-Loup Chrétien on the Franco-Soviet mission PVH (First Inhabited Flight). Astronauts, representatives of industry and startups will share their testimonies.

From 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will return to the Proxima and Alpha missions. He will also express his views on distant human exploration and in particular on the return of Man to the Moon. ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer will also share his testimony.

From 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., the “Space and Imagination” conference, led by Alain Cirou, editorial director of Ciel & espace, will forge links between space sciences, literature and cinema. Clémence Dargent, screenwriter of the “Ovni(s)” series, Émilie Cauquy, of the French Cinémathèque, Thierry Lefebvre, specialist in the seventh art, Marion Montaigne, author of “Dans la combi de Thomas Pesquet”, and astronaut Jean- François Clervoy will share their point of view on the subject.

From 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., a sequence entitled “Space and Society” with the participation of astronaut Claudie Haigneré will show that space technology is at the service of our planet. This is a valuable aid in the fight against climate change, the preservation of natural resources and biodiversity. Spatial data, for its part, makes it possible to provide a multitude of services for the benefit of our societies.

The global space community gathered in Paris, without Russia

The 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the largest space event in the world bringing together several thousand representatives from all continents, will open in Paris on Sunday, September 18 in the absence of official representation from Russia.

From Sunday to Thursday, more than 6,500 senior space agency officials, astronauts, scientists, industrialists, engineers, students, etc. are expected at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center (south of Paris), host of the event, the last of which edition was held in Dubai. French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has planned to intervene at the opening.

As a consequence of the war in Ukraine, there will be no official participation from Russia and its space agency Roscosmos, unlike previous editions of the IAC. The Russians “did not ask to participate so we did not have to refuse”, detailed Lionel Suchet, (National Center for Space Studies) during a press conference.

A few dozen Russian participants, on the other hand, obtained individual visas to attend the symposium, and in particular to present scientific publications. Astronauts Thomas Pesquet, Claudie Haigneré and Jean-Loup Chrétien, the first Frenchman to fly in space forty years ago, will speak during a day open to the general public on Wednesday.

Organized for the first time in 1951, in France, the IAC today has 433 members from 72 countries. This is the most important and prestigious space symposium in the world, aiming in particular to promote cooperation, share knowledge and prepare for future missions. For this 73rd edition.

Space: the most prestigious symposium in the world will open its doors, without the Russians

The 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the largest space event in the world bringing together several thousand representatives from all continents, will open in Paris on Sunday in the absence of official representation from Russia.

From Sunday to Thursday, more than 6,500 senior officials from space agencies, astronauts, scientists, industrialists, engineers, students, etc. are expected at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center (south of Paris).

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has planned to intervene at the opening.

As a consequence of the war in Ukraine, there will be no official participation from Russia and its space agency Roscosmos, unlike previous editions of the IAC. The Russians “didn’t ask to participate so we didn’t have to refuse”.

A few dozen Russian participants, on the other hand, obtained individual visas to attend the symposium, and in particular to present scientific publications.

Astronauts Thomas Pesquet, Claudie Haigneré and Jean-Loup Chrétien, the first Frenchman to fly in space forty years ago, will speak during a day open to the general public on Wednesday.

Organized for the first time in 1951, in France, the IAC today has 433 members from 72 countries. This is the most important and prestigious space symposium in the world, aiming in particular to promote cooperation, share knowledge and prepare for future missions.

IAC 2022: Toulouse residents in force at “the great space mass”

The last time the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) settled in France was in Toulouse in 2001 and we have to go back to 1982 for the last edition in Paris. Nearly 7,000 space representatives from all over the world are expected in the capital from September 18 to 22 for this unmissable event for the space industry.

“This is a very important event for the profession with between 70 and 80 countries represented. It is in a way a great global space mass”, sums up Eric Giraud, CEO of Aerospace Valley. The competitiveness cluster will host 15 regional companies on its pavilion in addition to a space provided for the Space Command which has taken up residence in the Pink City for three years.

Unlike the Paris Air Show where order announcements rain down, the IAC is not intended to lead to the signing of a series of contracts. Companies see it above all as an opportunity to make new international contacts.

Founded more than 40 years ago, the Toulouse-based SME Erems provides electronic equipment for all the flagship space programs: Pléiades Neo constellation for Airbus, Iridium Next for Thales, Thomas Pesquet missions in the ISS, etc.

“Erems currently works mainly for the European sector. We already supply countries outside of Europe indirectly through contracts for major traditional prime contractors. Some of our equipment will fly on satellites for Thailand for example, but always through principals or agencies.

With this show, we want to create meetings with actors from other countries to increase our international footprint”, argues Gérard Dejonghe, president of the company which reaches nearly 18 million euros in turnover for a workforce of 170 employees.