Welcome to IAASS
The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS, Legally established 16 April 2004 in the Netherlands, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to furthering international cooperation and scientific advancement in the field of space systems safety. In 2004 IAASS became a member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). In 2006 former US Senator John Glenn, first American to orbit, became Honorary Member of the IAASS. In 2010 IAASS was granted Observer status at the United Nations COPUOS (Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Space).
In accordance with the Association Charter, the IAASS membership is open to anyone having a professional interest in space safety. Members can be physical persons, corporations, agencies, universities, institutions, and other professional associations.
The Association exists to help shape and advance an international culture of space safety (technical, organizational and socio-political), which would contribute to make space missions, vehicles, stations, extraterrestrial habitats, equipment and payloads safer for the general public, ground personnel, crews and flight participants. The Association also pursues the safeguarding and sustainability of the on-orbit environment to allow unimpeded access to space by future generations.
The Association work will contribute to propagate the idea that the time is ripe for the establishment of an international civil space safety organization according to the model of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation), which so effectively advanced air travel safety.
Advancing space safety forms the foundation of our endeavour. Compared with the vastness political, financial and intellectual resources that space programs require our forces minute, truly a drop in the ocean. Nevertheless, we want to be that drop and indeed a catalyst drop. We are committed, through the knowledge and dedication of our members, to internationally advance space safety as parents are to their children, to help finally ensure that no accident shall ever happen because of:
Manifesto for a Safe and Sustainable Space
We express our concern for the safety and sustainability of civil and commercial space activities and we call upon all nations to cooperate with determination and goodwill to enhance access to and promote the use of space for the benefit of current and future human generations by committing to: