Moon, Mars and Chinese missions on the agenda of the world’s largest space conference in Paris

The largest in the world space conference Which will bring together heads of space agencies, private space workers, engineers, scientists and astronauts, and is set to begin in Paris on Sunday.

Annual International Astronautical Congress The IAC helps provide insight into some of the recent exploration missions.

Under the motto “Space for All”, the event, organized by the International Astronautical Federation, will be held at the Paris Convention Center until next Thursday.

Last few years IAC held in DubaiIt is the first time it has been hosted by an Arab country since 1950.

the National Explains what’s on the agenda at this year’s event.

heads of space agencies

Heads of space agencies from China, the United States, India, Japan, Canada and Europe will set their priorities and highlight past achievements.

All partners except China and India International Space Station.

China is building its own space station – the Tiangong – In low Earth orbit, with astronauts currently on board.

India plans to launch its astronauts on a home-built rocket and spacecraft, and has already commanded a lunar mission that made a crash landing on the lunar surface.

NASA launched the James Webb Space Telescope last year, which was built with its European and Canadian space agency partners.

It is also trying to launch Artemis 1, a test flight around the moon but without a crew.

The chairs will hold a press conference after their panel discussion.

No post from Russia

The current agenda indicates no participation from the Russian space agency Roscosmos or private Russian companies.

Last year, Dmitry Rogozin, who was then director Roscosmosas part of the Committee of “Heads of Space Agencies” and answered questions from the media.

Yuri Borisov Since then he has taken the role.

The relationship between Europe and Russia in space has deteriorated since the invasion of Ukraine.

This year, the European Space Agency cut ties with Russia on the Mars mission they were working on together.

Meanwhile, Roscosmos has removed its Soyuz missiles and personnel from a European spaceport in French Guiana.

Russia plans to withdraw from the International Space Station within this decade and build an independent one.

China reveals its future plans

Chinese space agency – China National Space Administration – will exchange plans and cooperation opportunities in the lunar exploration program and deep space.

China quickly became a global space power, having completed a mission to orbit and land Mars, and set up its own independent space station in low Earth orbit with plans in progress to develop an international research station around the Moon.

It aims to carry out planetary exploration programmes, including asteroid sampling, main-belt exploration of comets, returning Mars samples, and exploration of the Jupiter system.

NASA and private companies

Engineers will meet to discuss achievements James Webb Space TelescopeThe world’s most powerful device took more than two decades to build.

NASA will discuss the Moon to Mars goal, a plan to build a sustainable human presence on the Moon and then launch astronauts to Mars from the lunar surface.

Climate change will also feature prominently in discussions at this year’s International Conference on Health, as many parts of the world have experienced extreme heat waves and extreme weather so far this year.

Also attending will be private companies such as Blue Origin, Axiom Space, Lockheed Martin, Nanoracks and Airbus.

Most of them will talk about the future of low Earth orbit in the next decade, as companies try to commercialize it.

UAE and Saudi Arabia

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space CenterThe UAE Space Agency and Saudi Space Authority will participate.

Saudi Arabia is investing heavily in its space programme, with plans to explore the Moon and Mars. Such events give emerging space nations like Saudi Arabia a platform to research potential partnerships and secure deals.

The UAE is also expected to announce new partnerships during this year’s IAC.

The signatories of the Artemis treaties to meet

Countries that have signed on Agreements of Artemis A US-led international agreement outlining responsible space exploration will meet for the first time at the IAC.

So far, 21 members have signed, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

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Updated: September 15, 2022, 7:45 AM