Space mission risks are often of international nature in the sense that an operator may pose risks to foreign overflown populations during launch and re-entry phases. There is currently, however, no international forum to facilitate exchanging experience on risk assessment methods and tools. To a certain extent, the obvious confidential nature of such matters has hampered a much desired open communication among international experts in the field.

6th IAASS Workshop on Public Safety of Launch & Re-entry Operations
23 – 24 October, 2014 - ASTOS Stuttgart, Germany (by invitation only).
This 6th workshop is a collaborative effort, under the auspices of the IAASS Launch Safety Committee and of the IAASS Space Hazards Committee, to benchmark risk assessment tools. Because the international launch/re-entry community of the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia may be closer in many areas of this topic than many realize, currently the exchange of information at this workshop is limited to experts from those countries. 

International Workshop on Commercial Human Spaceflight Safety
4 December, 2014 - ALTEC Turin (Italy)
Commercial suborbital launch providers are moving towards first flights and routine operations, but the race is not only about which of the companies emerges as the leader. The more critical race is against the regulatory clock, specifically, the end of the moratorium amended into the Commercial Space Launch Act that precludes the FAA from imposing new regulations on commercial space operators. The workshop will debate the emerging positions, alternative regulatory models, main safety challenges and areas of concern.

MIT 4th STAMP Workshop
March 23-26, 2015- Cambridge, Massachusetts
Traditional system safety approaches are being challenged by the introduction of new technology and the increasing complexity of the systems we are attempting to build. STAMP is a new systems thinking approach to engineering safer systems described in Nancy Leveson’s book “Engineering a Safer World” (MIT Press, January 2012). While relatively new, it is already being used in space, aviation, medical, defense, nuclear, automotive, and other applications. Dr. Nancy Leveson is MIT Professor and Founding Member of IAASS. She co-authored the IAASS book "Safety Design for Space Systems". For more info and registration, please visit


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