The President of the International Astronautical Federation, Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, today welcomed the 2017 International Astronautical Congress (IAC2017) to Adelaide.
He thanked the Space Industry Association of Australia for hosting the congress. Dr. Le Gall declared the event a success already, with more than 4,000 delegates attending, a record for IAC. He particularly said that the congress would continue to push his agenda of 3G diversity. Geography, gender and generation are the three issues he says the congress will address in order to connect all space people.
Dr. Le Gall also stressed the importance of the Outer Space Treaty, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. Issues such as space debris, which didn’t exist fifty years ago, will be discussed at the congress and later this year at the United Nations. Other topics to be discussed at the congress include whether business should come before science or science before business, and the prospects of a Mars mission. With the International Space Station winding down in the 2020s, Dr. Le Gall said that a Mars mission is a logical cooperative space project. An international manned mission to Mars will be discussed at the congress he said.