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New COSPAR Book Series

Watch the video introducing this new COSPAR publication activity. More information soon.

The International Astronautical Federation

COSPAR Smallsat Town Hall Webinars

The COSPAR Task Group on establishing a Constellation of Small Satellites (TGCSS) will hold three webinars to explore this concept.  The Asia/Oceania sector took place 29 September 2020, and the American zone webinar took place 2 September. Watch the respective videos at and  Q&As from the Asia/Oceania town hall may be read here. The European/Mid-East/Africa sector will follow with dates still to be determined.  To anticipate attendance levels, those interested in the European/Mid-East/Africa webinar should express their interest by sending a message to COSPAR.

2020 Nobel Laureates: Free Access to Papers Published in ASR

COSPAR congratulates the laureates of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics.  All have published in Advances in Space Research (ASR), and we invite you to read for free a selection of these papers.

Updated COSPAR Policy on Planetary Protection

The COSPAR Bureau approved an updated Policy on Planetary Protection on 17 June 2020.  The updated version of the policy and an introductory note are published in Space Research Today, No 208, August 2020, Pages 10-22.  The Introductory Note and the most recent version of the COSPAR Policy on Planetary Protection are also available from the Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP) web page.

Opportunity for Capacity Building in Small Satellites Development and Operations for Universities in Developing Countries

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.

ASR 2019 Top 10 Reviewers

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

LSSR Special issue on Planetary Protection: New Aspects of Policy and Requirements, Vol 23 November 2019, just published.