The leadership of COSPAR and the Local Organizing Committee for COSPAR 2020 in Sydney, Australia have concluded that with the worldwide pandemic and accompanying social and economic disruption, COSPAR 2020 must be postponed. Full text of postponement announcement available here. The new dates for the 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly will be 28 January – 4 February 2021 and hereafter will be referred to as COSPAR 2021. The extensive planning and preparations for COSPAR 2020 are completely transferable to the new dates, by which time we anticipate that the thirst for knowledge and personal collaboration throughout the global space research community can and will be met with an extremely successful COSPAR Scientific Assembly in Australia. We sincerely hope that the entire COSPAR community is able to remain healthy and that the extraordinary efforts underway to contain the coronavirus and preserve economic security are successful. In the meantime, let’s continue to work together virtually so that we ensure a Sydney summer in January 2021 will both brighten our outlook and continue our cause of promoting and facilitating international cooperation and advances in space research.
The COSPAR Panel for Capacity Building (PCB) is trying to establish a long-term capacity building project together with the International Satellite Program in Research and Education (INSPIRE), based on the development and scientific exploitation of small satellites. This project aims to enable space hardware and instrumentation development and to provide guidance on best practices for hardware development, sustainable space activities, and crafting space policy among emerging space nations. See here for more details.
Pascale Defraigne (Belgium), Jianghui Geng (China), John Bosco Habarulema (South Africa), Koji Mukai (USA), Yuichi Otsuka (Japan), Elijah Oyeyemi (Nigeria), Jacek Paziewski (Poland), Michael Pezzopane (Italy), Ilya Usoskin (Finland), Ningbo Wang (China). Full article to follow in the April issue of Space Research Today (SRT).
LSSR Special issue on Planetary Protection: New Aspects of Policy and Requirements, Vol 23 November 2019, just published.
COSPAR International Space Weather Action Teams Website is Live! Read about it here.
On 3 June 2019 Ethiopia became a member of COSPAR with the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) as the national scientific institute. The COSPAR community extends a warm welcome.
On 6 May 2019 the United Arab Emirates became a member of COSPAR with the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) as the national scientific institute. The COSPAR community extends a warm welcome.