A first summary of some 1998 activities of the IAA
Committee on Space Activities and Society
More detailed and complete informations will be
issued in the next weeks.
- Sessions of the Committee will be held in Amsterdam and Melbourne
(49th IAF Congress). The topics of Impact of Commercialism on National Space
Policies and Ethics will probably be discussed, among others.
- A plan was presented, during last IAF Congress in Torino, to
develope a web-site on the Comprehensive Rationale for Space Activities (CORASPA), and to
print recourses which will lead to an official IAA position paper on the comprehensive
rationale for space
- A cosmic study on rationale for space is promoted by CORASPA.
- The Art and Literature Subcommittee plans to develop a position
paper on cultural politics and programs of space agencies.
- The Art and Literature Subcommittee also plans to prepare an IAA
white paper on cultural activities by Space Agenciey Working Groups.
- A new activity for the Committee was proposed by J. A. Clayton,
describing the role of Space in the Modern Archeology.
- L. Rains suggested that the IAA maintains a directory of expects on
key topics for use of media and other organizations.
- J. Arnould asked wheter the Committee could begin to work on the
subject of ethics.
- Reports are also given, by the IAA, on a once per year Meeting held
in Beijng (China) on Space Activity and Society.
Thanks and Remarks
Thanks to IAA, for enterely reporting, in its
Bulletin, the pamphlet that Technologies of the Frontier presented to the 48th IAF
Congress in Torino!
Critical notes were issued by some Committee
Members on the italian organization of the IAF 48th Congress in Turin:
- An art exhibit was organized at the trade
show at Turin. The exhibit is excellent, but the Italian organizers were very
unprofessional in their dealings with the Subcommittee. A. Woods and J. Hess are making
sure the same problems do not occur in Melbourne and Amsterdam.
- A session [of the Arts and
Literature Subcommittee - ndr] was organized in Turin with many new speakers and as
well attended. Howevwe, the room assigned for the session was unusable and an insulte to
the presenters, It was impossible to see the slides and view graphs because of the
sunlight in the room.
- A. Autino appointed
as a Member of the IAA Committee on Space Activities and Society
Following my partecipation to the meeting held in
Torino, during the last IAF Congress, I was recently appointed as Member of the IAA
Committee on Space Activities and Society, by the President of the International Academy
of Astronautics, Dr. M I Yarymovych.
This appointment is a great honour for me, and I
will do my best to be worth of it.
Since today, Technologies of the Frontier is to be
considered as a site of the Committee, at disposal to guest all the informations related
to the Committees activities.
I am aware, on the other side, that this
informations can be of big interest for the users and supporters of Technologies of the
Frontier, and represents a step in what we think to be the correct direction: to inform
the Society on the discussion of the Space Community, and encourage a larger
number of people (students, entrepreneurs, social operators, artists, communicators,
journalists, etc...) to participate to this discussion.
Recently I presented a paper, which title is
Concepts for a World Space Program based in the Society, to the 49th Congress
of the IAF, to be held in Melbourne, in the autumn of this year.
Technologies of the Frontier is moving the first
concrete steps, to bring in the Society the discussion about the Human development in the
Space. The document is available, in English language, for the ones who will ask for it via e.mail, to the usual address.