CAPCOM News – January 25, 2021

Food for Thought

The planet is dying faster than we thought
By Brandon Specktor
A triple-threat of climate change, biodiversity loss and overpopulation is bearing down on the Earth.

Explainer: what influences air temperature? (Australian Bureau of Meteorology)
Air temperature matters to us all, every day. We dress to be comfortable in it. We carry out our business activities, from agriculture to construction, with it in mind. Extremes of temperature, such as heatwaves and very cold weather, can put lives in danger. While temperature is largely caused by the sun and weather systems there are other factors that influence it. So, what are the main influences and how might they affect where you are?


COSPAR. 28 January – 4 February 2021. ICC Sydney and virtual.

Today’s Features

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine offers a free Wilderness and Emergency Medicine Lecture Series and an outstanding Resources page covering a wide variety of topics relating to wilderness and environmental medicine. There is also a page for Archived Lectures.

One Health Lessons
Let’s talk about how the environment affects animal health and human health. Let’s talk about how people can collaborate to make the world healthier and more sustainable. This collaboration is called “One Health” and this site is full of One Health lessons for children and the general public.


Mars Society Executive Director Lucinda Offer will give an online talk at the Royal Astronomical Society about planning for Mars exploration and a human mission to the Red Planet, as well as an update about the Mars Society and its programs. We invite you to watch virtually on Tuesday, January 26th at 13:00 GMT. For full details, including how to register, please visit:

Space Health Updates – Reproduction

Houston, We Have a Baby
What’s the protocol for creating a healthy new human when you subtract Earth from the equation? By Hannah Thomasy

Populating a Mars Base Will Be Dangerously Unsexy By Brandon Specktor
In a new paper, titled “Biological and social challenges of human reproduction in a longterm Mars base, researchers dig into exactly what those challenges would be — and the morally questionable solutions that may accompany them.

Human Reproduction in the Space Environment – Challenges and Conundrums

The 2021 AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting has been postponed. It is now scheduled for August 29 – September 2, 2021. The AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting has also moved from the Peppermill Resort Hotel, Reno, Nevada to the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado. Read details on decision to postpone. For those who plan to attend but do not hold a meeting registration, the online registration system will open April 1, 2021. The online room reservation system for the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel will be available on the AsMA website soon.

The EPFL Space Center (eSpace) in Lausanne, Switzerland presents the 1st Sustainable Space Logistics Symposium on February 16-18th 2021. Register here.


Sex and Gender Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic (January 27, 2021, 11:00 Eastern Time) In the inaugural session of the ORWH series, “Diverse Voices: COVID-19 and the Health of Women,” Ana Langer, M.D., the director of the Women and Health Initiative (W&HI) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Jewel Gausman, Sc.D., M.H.S., a research associate at the W&HI, will lead a plain-language discussion of topics explored in their commentary article “Sex and Gender Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic,” recently published in the Journal of Women’s Health. Register:


The Space4Women Network is a mentoring platform run by the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs. It promotes gender equality and gender empowerment in the space sector. Space4Women Mentors are selected from leaders and professionals in the space industry and represent various fields and geographic regions.

One of the Space4Women Mentors, Ilaria Cinelli, is a co-leader of the Space Exploration Project Group of SGAC. Currently, she is running two activities a part of her duties under the network: a blog on Instagram, @SheRunsSpace, and an e-book, Unspoken. You can contribute to both activities right now and share your space story!


The British Interplanetary Society has opened a Call for Abstracts for its flagship conference, Reinventing Space 2021. The call will close on January 31st 2021. Abstracts should be a summary of the paper, rather than an introduction, and must be limited to 500 words.  More information, and the submission form, is available at  Early submission is encouraged.

UoAASMS Conference: ‘Space Medicine and its Benefits for Health on Earth‘. On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of February 2021, we at the University of Aberdeen Aviation and Space Medicine Society will be hosting our very first interactive virtual student conference, with the theme of Space Medicine and its Benefits for Health on Earth. Online:

International Astronautical Federation
Join us for the special event jointly organized by the IAF and IAF Member Israel Space Agency (ISA) – 26 January 2021 (online). REGISTER HERE. The Israeli Space Agency will be hosting the 16th Ilan Ramon International Space Conference as part of the 2021 Israel Space Week events on Jan 26-27, 2021. The 2021 Conference’s main theme this year will be ‘Pivoting to Space: New opportunities for Industries and Governments’.


Polar Medicine
On behalf of the AMSRO chapter at the University of Michigan Medical School, we would like to invite you all to a talk with two aerospace medicine residents at UTMB about their recent experiences training in Antarctica!! How cool! You will not want to miss this one to learn about extreme medicine being practiced in the most extreme of environments! We would love for all of you to join!
WHO? All AMSRO medical students and residents everywhere
WHEN? Jan 28th, 2021 @ 7pm-8pm EST
WHERE? Zoom:
HOW? RSVP via our Google Form.

Liverpool Aviation and Space Medicine Society. January 28, 2021: “Aeromedical Preparations for OpMINCEPIES 2020: A seasonal introduction to aviation and space medicine”.

International Space University (ISU) “Discover ISU” (Jan 30 and Feb 6, 2021): Visit ISU and discuss with faculty and alumni to learn the benefits of ISU’s educational and professional-development programs, and how to apply.

Deep Space Food Challenge
Deep Space Food Challenge

As NASA develops concepts for longer crewed missions to Mars and beyond, the agency will need innovative and sustainable food systems that check all the boxes. The Deep Space Food Challenge, a NASA Centennial Challenge, seeks ideas for novel food production technologies or systems that require minimal resources and produce minimal waste, while providing safe, nutritious, and tasty food for long-duration human exploration missions. Solutions from this challenge could enable new avenues for food production around the world, especially in extreme environments, resource-scarce regions, and in new places like urban areas and in locations where disasters disrupt critical infrastructure.
Open Date: January 12, 2021
Close Date: July 30, 2021
Prize Purse: Up to $500K for Phase 1 for U.S. citizens
Frequency: Potential for two phases
For more information, visit:


GLEX 2021 (14-18 June, St Petersburg, Russia) – the call for abstracts closes on 29 January.

IAC 2021, 25-29 September, Dubai. The Call for Abstracts will be open until 28 February 2021. Abstracts must be submitted through the IAF platform at Abstract Submission FAQ.

The IAF Abstract Mentor Programme is open to anyone and is completely independent of the abstract review and selection process. (1) Prepare a draft abstract in accordance with the IAC 2021 abstract submission requirements: (2) Complete the Mentee Application Form and send it to, requesting participation in the programme. The application deadline is 5 February 2021.

Prospective organizers interested in organizing Special Sessions for IAC 2021 are invited to submit an online proposal at by 12 February 2021. Before submitting your proposal, please take a look to the IAC 2021 Call for Special Sessions document to make sure it meets the requirements:


Understanding the Origin of Life: A Geologists Perspective (Saturday 30 January via Zoom). How did life form on Earth? Is there life elsewhere in the universe? These fundamental questions drive scientists to explore other planets, as well as deep within our own Earth, in search for answers. Speaker: Luke Steller, PhD candidate from the Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA). Host: Centre of Excellence for Astrobiology, Amity University, Mumbai. RSVP:

My name is Mark Rosenberg and I am the founder of the AMSRO interest group at the Medical University of South Carolina. On February 25th from 7:45-8:45pm ET, we will be hosting Dr. Erik Antonsen, assistant director for  Human Systems Risk Management at NASA Johnson Space Center and previous medical team member for Red Bull Stratos, as he shares his experiences practicing emergency/space medicine and its involvement in safety planning for long-duration space travel! This will be an amazing event to hear the inner workings of being a flight surgeon who works directly with astronauts.
This event is open for all; and we would love for you all to join! The event flyer can be seen below for additional information. The RSVP link can be found here: The zoom link to join can be found here: If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out.


Earth and Space Exploration Resident Scientist Program: Ladakh 2021
Are you an Earth/Planetary Science Researcher experienced in field work? Are you passionate about mentoring and inspiring the next generation of explorers? Are you interested to live and work in the field in Ladakh, India for a month in June-Oct 2021, mentoring student teams? (travel, stay and meals covered) Read On! We seek applications from Astrobiology, Earth and Planetary Science Researchers for our Earth and Space Exploration Program in Ladakh, India starting June 2021. The opportunity allows the resident scientist to conduct their own research in Ladakh (Tso Kar and Puga region) and serve as mentors and role-models for incoming student teams. The program will cover return airfare, meals and stay expenses in New Delhi and Ladakh for the duration of residence for the scientist. (Visa application and COVID-related travel assistance will be provided for international scientists.) Interested persons please fill up the form: Apply by Feb 15. Students, you can sign up the interest form here, registration will start Feb 1.

One week left: POSTDOC 2101: SPACE HEALTH FELLOWSHIP. TRISH is soliciting research proposals from postdoctoral fellows exploring space translatable health protections and performance optimization. Applications are due January 28, 2021. VIEW THE SOLICITATION.


SpaceCHI : Human-Computer Interaction for Space Exploration. A Workshop at ACM CHI 2021.
Saturday May 14, 2021| EST 09:00-13:00 / CET 15:00-19:00. Our one-day workshop will consist of a keynote lecture, research presentations, lively discussion, and group brainstorming. The workshop will be held online via Zoom. We invite researchers from both academia and industry to submit a short position paper on one of the topics listed on the website. Papers should be maximum of 4 pages, and should be submitted in the CHI format. The submission deadline is February 15th, 2021. Submission portal.

Paramedic/Pre-Hospital Medicine Conferences
  • Trauma on the Border, Tweed Heads, NSW
  • Friday 19 March 2021. One day paramedic conference covering all things trauma.
  • ROAR – Rural Outback and Remote Paramedic Conference, Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 May 2021 Designed specifically for paramedics and allied professionals working in rural outback and remote areas
  • ACP International Conference, Wednesday 15 – Friday 17 September 2021. An in-depth comprehensive paramedic conference that focuses on providing the education that paramedics of all levels need
  • See the Australasian College of Paramedicine Events page for more details.
  • Call for abstracts and posters now open. The ACP and the UK College of Paramedics are working together to present the first International Paramedic Education Conference. The virtual conference will have seven education based themes. Closing date for submissions: Sunday 31 January 2021. Get all the details here.

SciFi Hive: the Future of Health Care by ExO Execute. Sun, March 21, 2021. Collaborate with health experts around the globe to create the compelling story of the future we want in healthcare through SciFi Hive. Tickets:

Recorded Webinars

Crisis Standards of Care and Ethical Dilemmas: A Global Perspective. Dr. Gregory Ciottone, Harvard Medical School, discusses epidemic and pandemic history, crisis levels of surge, understanding surge capability and surge capacity, and ethics. The presentation was part of the All Levels Trauma Care International Conference which was held virtually from 7-8 November 2020.

Dr. Gregory Ciottone

On December 19, 2020, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – Los Angeles / Las Vegas Section, hosted a session on Space Architecture. Speakers around the world came together. Recordings here: Part I – Simulations and Simulators | Part II – Space Architecture. Interested in the topic? More resources from the Moon Village Association.


CASIS Unveils Research Announcement in Technology Advancements to Leverage the ISS National Lab. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), manager of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, has made public a research announcement soliciting proposals for technology advancements and applied research that would utilize the space-based environment of the orbiting laboratory. Learn more about this opportunity here. CASIS will host a webinar for interested proposers to discuss the facilities and capabilities associated with the ISS on February 11, 2021 at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
This research announcement will follow a two-step proposal submission process. Before being invited to submit a full proposal, all interested investigators must complete and submit a Step One concept for review by end of day on February 25, 2021. Full proposals (from those invited to submit) will be due by end of day April 26, 2021.

Applications are now open for the 2021 Karman Fellowship and close on 20 March 2021. The Karman Fellowship Programme is a one-year leadership programme designed to foster trust, independent dialogue and cooperation between 15 selected Karman Fellows who are below the age of 45 and have achieved outstanding accomplishments in space. Over the course of the Programme, Fellows strengthen personal relations, meet with global leaders in technology, science, business, politics and the arts, and take personal commitments to further advance space-related agendas for the betterment of humanity.

Conference Recordings:
Fallings Walls and Berlin Science Week 2020 recordings.


Patients, clinicians, seek answers to the mystery of ‘Long COVID’. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, public attention has mainly focused on the number of people who become severely ill and die from COVID-19. But what’s become clear in recent months is the large and growing group of people who continue to deal with prolonged symptoms long after their original illness.

Trying to make sense of ‘Long COVID’ syndrome. More than 400,000 Americans have now lost their lives to COVID-19. But thousands of others who’ve gotten sick and survived COVID-19 are finding that a full recovery can be surprisingly elusive. Weeks and months after seemingly recovering from even mild cases of COVID-19, many battle a wide range of health problems.

Taking a closer look at COVID-19’s effects on the brain. While primarily a respiratory disease, COVID-19 can also lead to neurological problems. The first of these symptoms might be the loss of smell and taste, while some people also may later battle headaches, debilitating fatigue, and trouble thinking clearly, sometimes referred to as “brain fog.” All of these symptoms have researchers wondering how exactly the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, affects the human brain.

GEO Health Community of Practice
  • Upcoming CoP TeleconTuesday, January 26, 2021 from 8:30-10AM EST (GMT-5), including an invited presentation by Bryan Duncan (NASA Goddard) on CityAQ, a pilot project and collaboration between NASA Goddard and World Resources Institute (WRI) that provides optimized air quality forecasts to city health and air quality managers.
  • Website Updates: We have updated the GEO Health CoP webpage with presentations from the GEO Health Community of Practice Annual MeetingSmall Work GroupsEO4HEALTHprojects, and Publications. Also, please read our recent GEO community blog article, Small Work Groups of the GEO Health Community of Practice.
  • Listserv Updates: Over the past year, if your information (e.g. affiliation, email) has changed, please send any revisions. Also, if you have colleagues who would be interested to learn more and join the GEO Health Community of Practice, please send the registration link.

Call for Manuscripts Remote Sensing journal: Special Issue on Human-Oriented Observation for Supporting Effective Decision-Making in Governance and Public Service (Deadline: December 31, 2021). Other upcoming deadlines for Remote Sensing special issues can be found on the journal website.

GEO Health Community of Practice

Request for InformationOGC Seeking Information Concerning The Capture And Use Of Spatial Data During Health Emergencies (Deadline: January 29, 2021).

Upcoming NASA ARSET Sessions – Hyperspectral Data for Land and Coastal Systems on January 26, and February 2, 2021.

CDC’s Zoonoses and One Health Updates (ZOHU). The next ZOHU Update will be on February 3, 2021 from 2-3PM EST/GMT-5. The agenda, after updates from CDC, is: (1) NASA and NOAA Earth Observations for Health and Air Quality Application; (2) Surveillance for Harmful Algal Bloom Events and Associated Human and Animal Illnesses — One Health Harmful Algal Bloom System, United States, 2016; and (3) SARS-CoV-2 biomarker identification and decontamination strategies to inform use of odor detection canines.

Upcoming Workshop – US Arctic Research Commission/CDC/Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation: Tracing the Pandemic through Wastewater: Using Sewage Monitoring to Investigate Infectious Disease from February 22-23, 2021 from 12:30-4:00PM EST/GMT-5. Please review the agenda and registration link


As future space explorers, we know too well how psychology and isolation will play a key role for the success of a space mission.
For this, we signal you this study! There is a second call to be part of the PROTECT Mental Health COVID -19 Study. This study is looking to understand risk and protective measures for mental health and wellbeing during long periods of social distancing.
Designed by Dr Elena Antonova of Brunel University London and Mr Karoly Schlosser of Goldsmiths University of London, the study has received ethical approval from Brunel University London (Reference number: 23223-MHR-May/2020-25658-2).
The first survey, which takes approximately 30-40 min to complete, explores how people respond to social distancing measures introduced in many countries to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Subsequent shorter surveys, which will take approximately 10-15 min to complete, will be administered monthly to monitor how participants are adjusting to the ‘new normal’ in terms of their coping strategies and emotional response.
You may choose to only participate in the initial 30-40-minute survey, but your continued participation will help us to learn more about the long-term impact of risk and protective factors for mental health and well-being during the pandemic. Read More and Join the Study!

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Research – Tumours in Space

Open access peer-reviewed chapter
Tumors in Space: Preparation for Spaceflight, by Tricia L. Larose
Published: September 2nd 2020. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.93465

Tumors in Space is a cutting-edge cancer research experiment at the intersection of stem-cell biology and space technology selected by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the China Manned Space Agency for a 31-day space mission on board the China Space Station. Anchored in Norway, Tumors in Space includes an international team of exceptional scientists at several European partner organizations including the University of Oslo and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway, the International Space University in France, the Belgian Nuclear Research Center in Belgium, and Vrije University Amsterdam as well as the Hubrecht Institute in The Netherlands. This chapter first presents our two novel hypotheses including the current state of scientific evidence upon which our hypotheses are based. Following, the seven main steps of our spaceflight preparation are discussed within the context of our 2025 launch date from China. Finally, some thoughts on impact, including support for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and commitment to science communication in the public domain, are given. Tumors is Space is under a programme of, and funded by the European Space Agency with the support of the Norwegian Space Agency.

CAPCOM News – January 18, 2021

From NASA – 2020 Tied for Warmest Year on Record

By most accounts, 2020 was a rough year for the planet. Globally, it was the warmest year on record, just barely exceeding the record set in 2016. Overall, Earth’s average temperature has risen more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1880s. More About Our Warming World.

Featuring the “Space4Women Show”

The Space4Women Show offers a weekly webinar on a wide range of space-related topics, usually in the afternoon European time. The S4W Show has been built upon the Space4Women initiative of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) with the objective of facilitating access to the benefits of space exploration, science and technology, STEM education, and STEM careers for women and girls around the world in alignment with Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 5.

Webinar Series – Empowering Health Leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic

This webinar series is being offered by the Israeli Ministry of Health, Nursing the World to Health, and the WHO Collaboration Center for Leadership and Governance in Nursing. Remaining topics are scheduled for 18 and 28 January, and 4 and 8 February (usually held in the afternoon GMT+2). For further details click here.

Medical Student Rotation at SpaceX (US citizens/residents only)


SpaceX is currently building the world’s next human spaceflight capability. We’re actively supporting a wide array of mission types – revolutionizing access to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) with cargo and crewed Dragon missions, returning humans to the Moon by developing a Human Lander System (HLS) for NASA’s Artemis program, and rapidly developing Starship, the first rocket and spacecraft designed to support crewed trips to Mars. As a medical student at SpaceX, you’ll assist in clinical care, public health promotion, and clinical research at SpaceX. You’ll work under the supervision of SpaceX flight surgeons and fellows and assist with their responsibilities including working collaboratively with NASA and other customers. SpaceX is seeking excellent, team-oriented medical students who have a passion and interest in human spaceflight.

Jus Ad Astra: A Pioneer Human Rights Project in Space Law

Join us on 25 January for the first face-to-face meeting of the Space Association of Australia for 2021 – all welcome! If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, please register to join us remotely via Zoom or watch the live stream on YouTube. Our monthly public meetings are streamed online and then uploaded to the SAA YouTube channel – SAA.TV

Date: Monday, 25 January 2020
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 pm AEDT
Venue: Golden Gate Hotel, 238 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne
Details & Zoom reservations:

Getting there:
By car: Car parking is best in Coventry Street west of Clarendon Street.
By tram: Route 12 (via Collins Street), Stop 127 (York Street, then walk south) or Stop 128 (Dorcas Street, then walk north).

Our Guest Speaker:
Jonathan Lim – Project Co-Lead, is an Australian lawyer, geopolitical analyst, and cybersecurity analyst. He holds a Juris Doctor, Master of Legal Practice, Bachelor of Arts, and Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity from Monash University, the Australian National University, and RMIT University. His specialisation spans cyber warfare, cybersecurity, Chinese foreign policy, Australian foreign policy, and international space law.

Join an Australian Youth Aerospace Association State Committee

We are excited to announce that the AYAA is now recruiting new members to join the State Committees! Have a passion for Aerospace and are keen on sharing? You’re in luck! Multiple positions are currently available within the various committees and are seeking applications! Applications will close on the 25th of January 2021. For more information and individual State committee vacancies click here.

As an AYAA committee member, you have the opportunity to:

  • Access an established national network of exceptional peers with heavy roots within the Aerospace industry
  • Develop strong interpersonal skills relevant to your career
  • Access invaluable work experience with opportunities to work with some of Australia’s largest Aerospace companies such as; Boeing, BAE Systems and DST
  • Make a long-lasting impact by working closely with primary, high-school and university students.

AYAA is an Australian NFP volunteer organisation, run by and for the next generation of the aerospace industry. We provide a networking service, connect youth with industry, and inspire ourselves and our peers through a mutual sense of community and camaraderie – united in our passions and interests. Our purpose is to enrich the aerospace industry by providing the youth of Australia with awareness and opportunity.

To stay in the loop, please follow us on Facebook via For any questions please contact Matthew Berry at or message AYAA on Facebook.

DEADLINE EXTENDED – Join the US National EMS Advisory Council

Applications to serve a 2-year term are due Monday, January 25, 2021. Joining the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) is an excellent opportunity to get involved in EMS at a national level and make a difference in your community. Complete applications must be received on or before January 25, 2021, at 5 pm EST.

The NEMSAC was established by the Department of Transportation to provide information, advice and recommendations on matters relating to all aspects of development and implementation of EMS. The council is comprised of 25 members that collectively represent all sectors of the EMS community. The broad-based membership ensures that it has sufficient EMS system expertise as well as geographic and demographic diversity to accurately reflect the whole EMS community.

Sectors with expected openings due to term limits include:

  • Fire-based (career) EMS
  • Private EMS
  • Hospital-based EMS
  • Tribal EMS
  • Air Medical EMS
  • Local EMS Directors/Administrators
  • Trauma Surgeons
  • Highway Safety Specialists/Directors
  • EMS Data Managers
  • EMS Researchers
  • Hospital Administration
  • Public Health
  • EMS Practitioners
  • Consumers
  • State and Local Legislators.

Members serve 2-year terms and may be reappointed for one additional successive term. The council meets in plenary session approximately three to four times per year. Members will not receive pay or other compensation for their service, but are entitled to reimbursement for their travel expenses, including per diem.

How to Apply
Applicants must submit a resume or CV and at least two (2) letters of recommendation via email or mail at the addresses below. Applicants should also identify which sector or discipline they hope to represent. Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, marital status or sexual orientation.

Mail: Use only overnight mail such as UPS or FedEx to:
U.S. Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Office of Emergency Medical Services
1200 New Jersey Avenue S.E., NTI-140
Washington, D.C. 20590

For further details about the application process, read the Federal Register Notice or contact Clary Mole with the NHTSA Office of EMS at or 202-366-2795. Visit for more information about current NEMSAC members and activities. Learn more. The next NEMSAC meeting will be held February 10-11, 2021. Click here to register to attend the virtual meeting.
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2021 IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is pleased to announce its 2021 Emerging Space Leaders (ESL) Grant Programme that provides opportunities for students and young professionals to participate in the annual International Astronautical Congress.

Students and Young Professionals between the ages of 21 and 35 on 1 January 2021 with space-related career interests are encouraged to apply for the programme. Up to twenty-five students and young professionals will be selected by the IAF to participate in the 2021 programme.

  • Who should consider applying?
    • Individuals interested in pursuing careers involving the development, application and use of space systems, space science research, the policy, legal, social and cultural aspects of space activities, international cooperation on space programmes and other similar subjects.
    • Persons who – for financial, sponsorship or other reasons – would not otherwise be able to attend an International Astronautical Congress.
    • Note: Candidates may apply regardless of their home country or current residence. While all applications will be considered, through this programme the IAF seeks to encourage the participation of young people in nations with emerging space capabilities and interests who would otherwise not be able to attend an International Astronautical Congress.
    • Young people who wish to meet and interact with other colleagues from around the world with similar interests.
    • Individuals who hope to utilize the knowledge and experiences they gain during the IAC in their own careers and in enhancing space and related activities in their home countries.
  • What does the grant include?
    • Round trip air fare between the candidate’s home/residence country and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
    • Support (in kind-services or funding) for local transportation, lodging and meals during the candidate’s stay in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
    • Assistance with visa arrangements provided by the IAC Local Organizing Committee and the Government of United Arab Emirates;
    • Registration to the 72nd International Astronautical Congress as well as the Space Generation Congress or the 2021 UN/IAF Workshop.
    • Mentors will provide advice on presentations at the IAC and on activities before and during the IAC to help grant recipients benefit fully from the Congress and related meetings and meet with the grant recipients during the IAC.

For more information on the 2021 ESL Grant Programme please click here
Application Deadline: 12 February 2021 15:00 Paris Time / UTC + 1:00
For detailed information, application process and requirements please download our “2021 IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme Handbook”.

Space Health and Disaster Risk Reduction Webinar

Liverpool Aviation and Space Medicine will present a webinar called “Space Health and Disaster Risk Reduction” with guest speaker Myles Harris on 16 February 2021 at 19:00 GMT. “Providing healthcare during deep space missions is exceptionally challenging. Access to telemedicine conference is limited, resources are finite and, in the event of an acute medical emergency, rapid aeromedical evacuation to Earth is not an option. Consequently, healthcare providers need to be autonomous when providing healthcare; therefore, minor injuries and illnesses require prolonged care in space. Myles will be presenting an overview of his research that is investigating interdisciplinary healthcare and disaster risk reduction in remote environments on Earth and in space.”

Australian Disaster Resilience Conference – Call for Abstracts

The disaster risk and resilience landscape is constantly evolving, and so too are the approaches we take. Meaningful community engagement and community-led approaches are essential to effectively support disaster resilience. So too are the systems, frameworks and enabling environments created through well-considered policy and coordination. 

To find the right balance, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference returns in 2021 to explore the theme “Meeting in the middle: community voices and complex choices“. 18-19 August 2021 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney

Be part of the national conversation. Submit an abstract of no more than 300 words before 28 February 2021. Submit your abstract now.

Earth Observation and One Health Workshops

Upcoming Training Sessions

Scientific Workshop

New Safety Data Tool Available on Website

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is making it easier to research aviation safety guidance material from the Office of Aviation Safety (AVS).

The Dynamic Regulatory System (DRS) combines more than 65 document types from more than a dozen different repositories into a single searchable application. This comprehensive knowledge center centralizes the FAA’s aviation safety guidance material from the Flight Standards Information System (FSIMS) and the agency’s Regulatory Guidance System (RGL).

Each guidance document includes a link to the Code of Federal Regulations provision on which the document is based. DRS contains more than 2 million regulatory guidance documents, which can be browsed or searched. A search engine allows for basic or advanced searches and different ways to sort and view the results. The system includes pending and current versions of all documents along with their revision history. Information in the DRS is updated every 24 hours.

The DRS exceeds the requirements of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-254), to establish a centralized safety database. DRS is constantly evolving, and in the future will provide even more features, functionality and document types. It will allow the agency to eventually sunset legacy systems such as FSIMS and RGL. Subject matter experts across the global aviation community collaborated on this project.

The tool represents a giant step forward in providing consistency and standardization of regulatory interpretation by expediting research of aviation regulations and related documents. In the past, complex research projects could sometimes take days. DRS has consolidated all of this information so projects can be completed in minutes.

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CAPCOM News – January 15, 2021

Test Firing the World’s Most Powerful Rocket

NASA is testing the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket’s 212-foot-tall core stage — the tallest rocket stage the agency has ever built — with a Green Run Hot Fire test on Earth before launch day. Green Run is a series of eight tests that includes several first-time events for the world’s largest rocket stage, culminating in the first firing of all four RS-25 engines, the Hot Fire. Join virtually for this historic NASA event. The test, scheduled for 5 p.m. EST (with a two-hour test window) on Jan. 16, 2021, can be watched live on NASA TV at

Click here for more details about the SLS Green Run Hot Fire test and NASA’s Artemis program. Download materials and activities to share the excitement of SLS and the Artemis mission

The ISU Adelaide Conference 2021: Friday 5 February – Saturday 6 February 2020

Theme: International Collaboration in Asia-Pacific Space Activities. Online – tickets $20 to $100 but two free sessions are available at the conclusion of the formal program.
Call for Speakers: (closes on 25 January 2020). Travel Update – United States of America

From 26 January 2021, if you’re flying to the USA you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of your departure, or proof that you have recovered from COVID-19. This applies to all passengers aged two years and older, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. COVID-19 remains a serious health risk. Various restrictions and public health measures are in place and vary by location. Monitor the Australian Embassy website for further COVID-19 related information (see ‘Local Contacts’).

As previously advised, widespread protests and demonstrations are likely to continue in the weeks ahead. Avoid areas where protests and demonstrations are occurring due to the continuing potential for disorder and violence. Follow the instructions of local authorities and abide by any curfews and stay at home orders (see ‘Safety’). Monitor the media for information and updates.

We continue to advise: Do not travel to the United States of America, including Alaska, Puerto Rico and the Hawaiian Islands due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel. Read the full travel advice.

TRISH Post-Doc Space Health Fellowship Solicitation Closing Soon!

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) is soliciting research proposals from postdoctoral fellows exploring space translatable health protections and performance optimization. Selected fellows will receive a stipend for salary support, an allowance for health insurance and funds for travel to related scientific meetings.

Applicants must submit research proposals together with an identified mentor and institution. Applications are due January 28, 2021. View the solicitation here.

Message from the COSPAR President (28 January – 4 February 2021)
Government Inquiry into developing the Australian Space Industry

The Australian Government has announced an Inquiry into developing the Australian Space industry  Broadly, the Inquiry will report on a number of activities, including:

  • Development of space satellites, technology and equipment;
  • International collaboration, engagement and missions;
  • Commercialisation of research and development, including flow on benefits to other industry sectors;
  • Future research capacity, workforce development and job creation; and
  • Other related matters.

The Committee will focus on how the Australian Government can support and encourage the space industry while preserving and protecting the space environment.

Here are the Terms of Reference. Submissions to the Inquiry are due on 29 January 2021.

International Space University Discovery Day – 30 January

About this Event
Learn about the International Space University and talk about your higher education options in person online. Meet ISU faculty members, alumni and potential employers at our event! Tickets via Eventbrite.

Australian Space Agency Future SMLS Capability Consultation

The Australian Space Agency aims to grow and transform a globally respected national space industry. To achieve our broader goal of tripling the size of the space sector to $12 billion and creating up to 20,000 extra jobs by 2030, we are helping businesses participate in new local and global markets with funding and programs. We are consulting on the nature of current or planned near-term Australian space medicine and life sciences (SMLS) capabilities. This will help us develop an overview of the ambitions and plans of the Australian space industry and inform a roadmap for SMLS investment, collaboration and growth. Your information will also ensure opportunities align with the space industry’s current or planned activities, and shape other potential future opportunities for space access or funding.

Below you will find a link to an online consultation where you can provide input about the capabilities you are developing and the work you are undertaking in SMLS. You may also be aware of others working on SMLS in Australia or overseas, and you are encouraged to share this consultation link with them and your relevant networks.

The online consultation will be open for your input until midnight Canberra time, Sunday 7 February 2021. We look forward to your participation and ongoing engagement with this important and iterative process.

Future SMLS Capability Consultation

Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative Forum

First, we extend New Year Greetings to you all during this challenging COVID environment and hope 2021 will bring forth a healthy and new normal. Following last year’s successful MUDRI Forum, our first for 2021 will again be an interactive format using Zoom.
Date & time: Tuesday 16 February, 2021 9.00am – 1.00pm

The Forum will include the 15th Professor Frederick ‘Skip’ Burkle Annual Keynote Lecture, presented by Mr Jonathan Abrahams who is based in the Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Unit in Health Security Preparedness Department of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme in Geneva, Switzerland.

This Keynote Lecture advances/carries forward the theme of working together for the health, safety and wellbeing of communities, highlighting the evolution and directions for health emergency and disaster risk management (Health EDRM) and its potential applications in Australia and Oceania. The WADEM Oceania Chapter will co-host the Keynote Lecture.

We are honoured to announce Mr Abrahams as our Burkle Keynote Lecturer as he has played an instrumental role in global developments in Health EDRM over the past 10 years and brings the added benefit for us in that Jonathan is an Australian citizen with experience of working in emergency management in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

  • The program includes:
    • A reflection on the process and direction of community resilience in the emergency and disaster setting, as we mark 10 years since the release of the influential COAG National Strategy for Disaster Resilience, in February 2011. This topic will include a panel-led discussion about the implications of the Final Report of last year’s Royal Commission for community resilience;
    • A panel-led discussion on how to better integrate health and primary health care with emergency management arrangements – a recommendation from last year’s Royal Commission; and
    • Highlighting a rich potpourri of current developments and innovations in the sector.

The detailed program and further details will be available on the MUDRI website at or by contacting Samantha Bailey.

Please register your interest in participating in this free, on-line Forum by emailing Samantha Bailey at Once you register your interest, we will provide you with the details about how to access the Forum.

Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues.
Frank, Caroline, Dudley, Suzanne and Samantha

Virtual symposium on human spaceflight – bioastronautics@hopkins

You are cordially invited to attend a virtual symposium on human spaceflight, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, starting at noon EST. This is the first event of a new Special Interest Group at Johns Hopkins University, known as bioastronautics@hopkins. Expected speakers include physician and NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and N. Wayne Hale, Jr., Director of Human Spaceflight at Special Aerospace Services and former Space Shuttle Program Manager at NASA. Hale’s tenure as Program Manager included seven successful space shuttle flights. 

When: Wednesday, February 24, 2021, noon – 5 p.m., EST
Where: Microsoft Teams (a link will be forthcoming to those who RSVP)

The symposium will be the inaugural event for bioastronautics@hopkins, led by Mark Shelhamer, JHU Professor of Otolaryngology and former Chief Scientist of the NASA Human Research Program. This group will focus on bioastronautics, space medicine, and space life-sciences research, including habitat design and related engineering. Speakers will include Hale and Auñón-Chancellor, as well as faculty from various JHU organizations doing work in the field of human spaceflight. Johns Hopkins brings a broad range of expertise across several divisions, and plans to expand activities in this field of study, through its internal expertise and through collaborative efforts with other institutions.

This event is sponsored by the Commercial and Government Program Office in the JHU School of Engineering. A link through Microsoft Teams will be forthcoming to those who RSVP.

If you are interested in attending and have not responded already, please RSVP to (RSVP is not mandatory or binding.) For more information about bioastronautics@hopkins, please visit the CGPO website.

One Planet – One Health

The resources on this page are all related to the inter-relationship between our precious blue planet, the space around it, and the good health and well-being of all creatures who live on and in the Earth. The satellites which we send into space and the applications drawn from them provide much valuable data for environmental monitoring and for use in disaster and infectious disease management (amongst other things). As our climate becomes more extreme and unpredictable, it is increasingly important to increase awareness and education about the impact that climate has on health (not just for humans) and biodiversity. The resources provided are related to Space4Health, the One Health initiative, and climate and environmental health.

the ad astra vita project

Please follow our blog (button below), and consider following our social media accounts on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter (links at the top of this page).

Our YouTube Channel contains all published videos from the recent Space Health Symposium plus additional videos and links. The remaining videos from the Symposium will be added in the near future.

The Space Health Symposium Program Page contains links to most of the presenter PDFs from the Symposium together with details about the program and links to the souvenir Program Booklet with details of all the presenters and their topics.

We also have many other fabulous Resources pages, so please explore our website, and if you would like to participate in any of our initiatives please contact us.

CAPCOM News – January 14, 2021

Conference on space and artificial intelligence technology

From the SGAC:
As many actors involved in the space industry are integrating or beginning to show their willingness to progressively integrate AI into their technologies, Euroconsult and Innovitech have created a unique event: AIxSPACE.

For the first time, this conference will bring together key stakeholders in space and artificial intelligence industries to allow everyone to obtain concrete information on these markets and connect with potential business partners, positioning themselves at the forefront of the sector.

To ensure the health and safety of participants, speakers and our teams, AIxSPACE will be held online on January 18 and 19, 2021, over two half days. The virtual format will offer a flexible event with plenty of networking time, content and participants! You can now register with a 10% discount, using the promo code AIXSPACE_AISSC. Register here.

Expert Review – WMO Research Board Task Team Statement on Meteorological and Air Quality factors affecting the COVID-19 pandemic

We are pleased to invite qualified experts to review the WMO Research Board Task Team Statement on Meteorological and Air Quality (MAQ) factors affecting the COVID-19 pandemic. We kindly ask for your help to share this draft with other qualified experts to encourage a strong technical review.

To participate in this technical review, kindly refer to the WMO Research Board COVID-19 Task Team website to download the document, access the review survey tool, and find descriptions of the scope, purpose, and intended audiences to assist your review. All comments should be submitted by 22 Jan 2021.

If you are unable to access Google Forms, a spreadsheet and email option is available on the above website. For additional questions, please contact

Please note: This is a “draft for technical review purposes only” and the information contained herein is subject to change. Information contained in this draft report should not be used by the media, governments or others for decision-making or other purposes until release of the final report in early 2021, following completion of the technical review process.

We sincerely thank you for your time and efforts to help improve our collective knowledge to address the global pandemic.

Kind regards,
The WMO Research Board Task Team on COVID-19, Air Quality and Meteorological Factors

7th Annual Space Traffic Management Conference – January 26-27, 2021

From the SGAC:
The Space Security and Safety (SSS) Program at The University of Texas at Austin’s Strauss Center and the Cockrell School of Engineering, in partnership with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), will hold the 7th annual Space Traffic Management conference, “Trust, But Verify: Incentivizing Compliance Through Shared Monitoring and Assessment.” The conference will take place virtually via Zoom webinar on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, and Wednesday, January 27. The conference is being organized by SSS Program Lead Dr. Moriba Jah, and non-resident SSS scholar Dr. Diane Howard.

This year’s conference, held virtually from 8 am – 12 pm CST, will begin with a 45-minute keynote and be followed by three 45-minute moderated panels with a Q&A each day.

Registration is required. Please note you must have a Zoom account and login to Zoom with the same email address you used to register. Students may register for free selecting the student option, but must be sure to register and login to Zoom using their .edu email address. Register here!

Experts from all over the world will virtually gather to discuss and exchange ideas on space traffic management. Technical sessions will range from topics including: Range Management, Airspace/Orbital Space Integration, Space Safety, Security, and Sustainability, Space Environment Effects and Impacts, and Related Issues (see the list at the bottom of the page for the areas breakdown). For video and audio of last year’s conference, please visit here. For more information, contact Ali Prince at

7th IAA Planetary Defense Conference – Call for abstracts

From the SGAC:
The International Academy of Astronautics will hold the 7th IAA Planetary Defense Conference on 26-30th April 2021. 

Virtually hosted by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in conjunction with ESA, the organizers are inviting to submit abstracts to present during the conference, and you have time until January 15 2021!

A broad theme of the conference is to identify the technologies, techniques, missions, data sets, and processes that most need development for an international program of planetary defense. You  can check the call for papers to see specific topics to be addressed.
Submit an abstract by January 15! Check the call for papers.

IAC 2021 Next Generation Plenary – Call for Applicants

See the newsletter for further information (too long to reproduce here). To apply, you must be a student or young professional, aged from 21 to 35 years old on 1st January 2021. Applications close on 22 January 2021.

OGC Seeking Information Concerning The Capture And Use Of Spatial Data During Health Emergencies

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) seeks, in support of the OGC Health SDI Concept Development Study (CDS), to gather information concerning capturing, mapping, analyzing, modeling, and sharing spatial data to deal with major health emergencies. The Health SDI CDS will support the development of a Health Emergencies Data Model and the design of a Health Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI). Responses are due by the 29th of January, 2021.

Solving Social Challenges in Mining Using Space Tech

Satellite Applications Catapult Spark Session from the UK, February 10th, 2021. Tickets via Eventbrite: Register here.

AmeriGEO training opportunities – February 2021

The Capacity Building community for AmeriGEO is proud to announce the first two training opportunities featured on the Inter-American Academy of Geosciences & Applications on behalf of a growing network of public and private institutions, academia, and commercial partners:
1) Flood Monitoring Using Synthetic Aperture Radar Data (Register Here)
2) Engaging with Indigenous Peoples (Register Here).

One Health Approach for Infectious Disease Outbreaks

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: One Health Approach for Infectious Disease Outbreaks from Tuesday, February 23 to Thursday, February 25, 2021 (10AM-1PM EST/GMT-5).

Advancing Earth Observation Forum 2021 – Abstract call

Abstract workshop and field trip submissions: Now open
Early bird registration: Now open
Abstract workshop and field trip submissions close: 9 April 2021
Early bird registration close: 24 May 2021
Standard registration: From 25 May 2021
Forum dates: 23 – 27 August 2021

Subscribe to the AEO 2021 mailing list to be notified of program releases, key event information and much more! SUBSCRIBE.

Wilderness Medical Society Webinars

Also consider signing up for the WMS “Trailblazer” email newsletter, which is packed full of interesting information (you do not have to be a member, but it is a great organisation to join and be part of).

New short courses from the Department of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Monash University – Human Factors and Perioperative Medicine
Wilderness and Disaster Medicine Medical Student Elective

News brought to you by the University of Miami and the Wilderness Medical Society Wilderness and Emergency Medicine Lecture Series (sign up for the newsletter via the website):
New Elective Alert: Wilderness and Disaster Medicine Elective at Columbia University Medical Center, USA – May 2021
Who: Third and Fourth Year Medical Students
Description: A focus on medical care in resource-limited settings, including wilderness and disaster environments. By the completion of this course students will be familiar with the principles and practice of wilderness medicine, including environmental illness and injury (such as heat and cold illness), environmental toxicology, and the principles of patient care in disasters and mass casualty incidents. The curriculum is virtual, employing interactive case-based learning and simulation. PLEASE NOTE that a 4-5 night OPTIONAL backcountry experience is part of this course for local students but virtual content will be in place for visiting students. No experience necessary. Please contact the course directors for more information.
Contact: Raleigh Todman (

FAA Announces Final Rule to Facilitate the 
Reintroduction of Civil Supersonic Flight
(January 6, 2021)

WASHINGTON, DC — Today the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final rule to facilitate the safe development of civil supersonic aircraft. The rule streamlines and clarifies procedures to obtain FAA approval for supersonic flight testing in the United States.

“Today’s action is a significant step toward reintroducing civil supersonic flight and demonstrates the Department’s commitment to safe innovation,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

This rule will help ensure that companies developing these aircraft clearly understand the process for gaining FAA approval to conduct flight testing, which is a key step in ultimately bringing their products to market.

“The FAA supports the new development of supersonic aircraft as long as safety parameters are followed,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “The testing of supersonic aircraft at Mach 1 will only be conducted following consideration of any impact to the environment.”

The Department and the FAA anticipate taking additional regulatory actions to enable the development of supersonic aircraft.

Federal Aviation Administration Adopts Stricter
Unruly Passenger Policy
(Press Release: January 13, 2021)

WASHINGTON – FAA Administrator Steve Dickson today signed an order (PDF) directing a stricter legal enforcement policy against unruly airline passengers in the wake of recent, troubling incidents.

The FAA has seen a disturbing increase in incidents where airline passengers have disrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior. These incidents have stemmed both from passengers’ refusals to wear masks and from recent violence at the U.S. Capitol.

“Flying is the safest mode of transportation and I signed this order to keep it that way,” Administrator Dickson said.

Historically, the agency has addressed unruly-passenger incidents using a variety of methods ranging from warnings and counseling to civil penalties. Effective immediately, however, the FAA will not address these cases with warnings or counseling. The agency will pursue legal enforcement action against any passenger who assaults, threatens, intimidates, or interferes with airline crew members. This policy will be in effect through March 30, 2021.

Passengers who interfere with, physically assault, or threaten to physically assault aircraft crew or anyone else on an aircraft face stiff penalties, including fines of up to $35,000 and imprisonment. This dangerous behavior can distract, disrupt, and threaten crewmembers’ safety functions.

The FAA has initiated more than 1,300 enforcement actions against unruly passengers during the past 10 years, including recent cases for allegedly interfering with and assaulting flight attendants who instructed them to wear masks.

While the FAA does not have regulatory authority over aviation security or no-fly lists, the agency works closely with federal law enforcement and national security partners on any reported security threats that may impact aviation safety.

Can you spread COVID-19 if you get the vaccine?

An informative article from Quartz recommended by today’s Nature Briefing.

Mars Society Announces New Monthly Blog – Red Planet Bound

As part of its effort to promote public understanding about the importance of exploring the planet Mars and the need to establish a permanent human presence there, the Mars Society is pleased to announce the launch of a new monthly blog called “Red Planet Bound”. 

Hosted on the Mars Society’s web site, the new online column is being written by Evan Plant-Weir HBSc, co-founder of The Mars Society of Canada. A passionate and long-time advocate of space exploration, Evan is also a talented writer, science communicator and content creator. 

The inaugural issue of the blog is called “To Mars, For Earth”.

Your feedback about the Red Planet Bound blog is very much welcomed.

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TorqAid January 2021 Update

Hi everyone,
I wish you all a Happy New Year, and hopefully 2021 will have more of a silver lining than 2020. I’m enclosing the link to our January/February TorqAid Toolkit – see This document includes key information for the global humanitarian or development practitioner. In particular I’d like to highlight:

Feel free to peruse this material, and share with interested friends and colleagues.

Chris Piper
TorqAid Director
PO Box 13, Torquay VIC 3228, Australia

61 (0)412 497 317
TorqAid Monthly Updates:

U.S. Department of Transportation is Advancing Space Policy (Press release: December 9, 2020)

WASHINGTON — Today, the White House National Space Council issued its National Space Policy (PDF), a coordinated process for developing and monitoring the implementation of America’s space policy and strategy. The U.S. Department of Transportation (the Department) is a critical partner and recognizes that commercial space transportation capabilities have become the gateway to innovation in this growing sector of national and international aerospace endeavors.

“America is experiencing its most exciting years in space yet, and the Department is committed to working with the rest of the government to remove barriers to international competitiveness and ensure the safe operation of commercial space transportation activity,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

From traditional rockets to space planes, the Department ensures the protection of the public, property, and national security and foreign policy interests of the U.S. during commercial launches and reentry activities. 

The Department is a standing member of the National Space Council and is involved in the production of space policy directives. Through the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA), the Department also encourages the growth of the U.S. commercial space transportation industry, signs cooperative agreements with other nations to promote the adoption of U.S. public safety standards and regulatory concepts, and supports commercial human exploration of space through a partnership with NASA.

The FAA also issues rules, regulations, and policies for commercial space transportation to ensure public safety and is testing new technologies to further enable the safe and efficient integration of space vehicle operations with other types of air traffic in the National Airspace System (NAS).

For example, the FAA recently streamlined and modernized its regulations governing commercial space launch and reentry licensing. The new rule facilitates greater growth and innovation in the aerospace industry, maintains public safety, and helps the U.S strengthen its leading position in the world. 

Thus far, the FAA has licensed more than 380 commercial space launches and re-entries, as well as 12 spaceport operators, located in eight states.

Additionally, the Department supports the National Space Policy’s new tasks to: improve the cybersecurity of GPS, its augmentations, and federally-owned GPS-enabled devices; foster all civil and commercial sector adoption of cyber-secure GPS-enabled systems; invest in capabilities to detect, analyze, mitigate, and increase resilience to harmful interference to Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS); and, identify and promote use of multiple and diverse complementary positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) systems or approaches for critical infrastructure and mission-essential functions.

U.S. DOT Supports Record Number of Licensed Commercial Space Launches (Press Release: December 14, 2020)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation is having a record year with supporting 35 licensed commercial space launches thus far in 2020 with the potential for even more before the year ends. The prior record of 33 was established in 2018.

“The record number of launches demonstrates this administration’s commitment to support the innovation and growth of the U.S. commercial space transportation industry and lead the world in aerospace capabilities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

For 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is forecasting a continued growth in licensed commercial space launches that could possibly reach 50 or more.

The 2020 commercial space launches cover a diversity of missions including the first FAA licensed crewed mission to the International Space Station (ISS), cargo-only resupply of the ISS, delivery of private enterprise satellites into orbit and the testing of space capsules and rocket systems. The launches occurred from seven locations both domestic and foreign:  Alaska, California, Florida, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia and New Zealand.

The FAA recently streamlined and modernized the regulations governing commercial space launch and reentry licensing as directed in the President’s May 2018 Space Policy Directive -2.  The new rule facilitates greater growth and innovation in the aerospace industry, maintains public safety, and helps the U.S strengthen its leading position in the world. 

An FAA license is required to conduct any commercial launch or reentry, the operation of any launch or reentry site by U.S. citizens anywhere in the world, or by any individual or entity within the United States. Once the FAA issues a license or permit, the agency works with operators to make sure they are meeting the requirements to conduct launches and reentries. This includes having FAA safety inspectors monitor licensed activities.

CAPCOM News – January 12, 2021


Space Specialists Space Mates Online – Space Sector Networking
Weekly event – next on Tuesday 12 January 2021

Space wants to kill us and the medications we take” webinar

Australian final-year medical student Vienna Tran is teaming up with the Liverpool Aviation and Space Medicine Society to present a webinar on “Space wants to kill us and the medications we take” on Sunday 24 Jan 2021 at 22:00 AEDT (GMT+11):

The ISU Adelaide Conference 2021 (online – tickets $20 to $100)
Friday 5 February – Saturday 6 February 2020
Theme: International Collaboration in Asia-Pacific Space Activities
Two free sessions are available at the conclusion of the formal program.

Call for Speakers: (closes on 25 January 2020).

Space Medicine and its Benefits for Health on Earth (online – tickets £5 to £7.50)
An interactive virtual student Aerospace Medicine conference from the University of Aberdeen Aviation and Space Medicine Society.
Saturday 6 February – Sunday 7 February 2021.

Call for speakers: (this has been extended to 22 January 2021).


SGAC Space Medicine and Life Sciences Division Newsletter – January 2020
Read about news, events, the webinar archive, and more!

The SGAC – Space Medicine and Life Sciences Journal Club is being revived. Read more in the newsletter, or  if you want to find out more about how you can listen to your contemporaries discuss ongoing research or if you want to present a paper yourself as part of our International Journal Club (#SMLS_JC), then follow @SGAC_SMLS for more details. If you already have a paper you wish to present and want to submit it for the first meeting please complete the submission form below – or email Alfred Hill for further information.

Journal Club Submission Form

IAF Young Professionals Newsletter – December 2020
Great reading material – an eclectic and interesting assemblage of articles!

Events from the most recent AsMA newsletter:
Due to the coronavirus, please check the websites of meetings listed here to see if they have been postponed/cancelled. 

Fortnightly; International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Global Networking Forum Space Conversations Series; ONLINE, 14:00 Paris time. Please visit for more information. 

HFACS Workshops; ONLINE. Workshops on the The Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) are now available online as well as in-person. For more info, please visit jsp?categoryId=&courseId=HFAC for in-person and 558570F8&courseId=OHFA for online. 

Jan. 23-24, 2021; COVID-19: The Saga Continues – Successful Strategies for Keeping Safe at Work; VIRTUAL symposium. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) presents its third virtual symposium in a series of COVID-19 related symposia. For more info, please visit event?id=a1U3m00000MbB8LEAV

March 22-26, 2021; NATO Aerospace Medicine Summit; Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany. Full details and registration are available at index.php/upcoming-events/event-list/event/330

May 2-5, 2021; 105th American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC 2021); ONLINE. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s (ACOEM’s) annual meeting. For more information, please visit Health-Conference-(AOHC)

CAPCOM News – January 2020

The Space Generation Advisory Council is holding two events:

New Space Technologies and Opportunities: A discussion with space actors in the region

About this Event:
Space technology and its applications can be used to foster the development and implementation of Egypt Sustainable Development Strategy 2030. It models space programs and projects as a platform enhancing the implementation steps of many objectives and goals for Egypt vision 2030.

The Lunar surface has been permanently the next step to humankind. “We will be back on the moon” is the slogan of the approaching years. The Gateway is the new space station that would follow the International Space Station, the only crewed object in Space.

A discussion with the Chairman of the African Committee at the International Astronautical Federation and Space Operations located at the German Space Operations Center, Ahmed Farid. General introduction about SGAC by the regional coordinator of SGAC in the Middle East.

Health in Space Series: the Space Within – How to deal with psychological health in extreme environments & long duration missions in next generation human spaceflight?

About this Event:
Welcome back to the Health in Space series! In this sixth episode we will turn our attention to ‘the space within’: the human mind. This year, we celebrate that humans have lived and worked in the extreme environment of space for 20 years straight. For our series on health in space, it is time to look at the effects of this challenging endeavour on the mental health of astronauts and other professionals working in such harsh or isolated places.

Over the next decades, space missions returning to the Moon or even going further to Mars will take longer than a typical stay at the International Space Station. That will probably affect aspects of the human psyche of the astronauts on the go. But what mental effects will be of importance, when we will travel further away from Earth?

We have invited Dr. Iya Whitely and dr. Nathan Smith to join us on a tour through this exciting specialism in space health. What should we learn from the human mind before putting it under the stress of long duration space missions? What do we know from extreme environments on Earth and their habitants mental health? How do we work towards successful and healthy human space flight missions in the future?

  • Dr Iya Whiteley is a Space Psychologist (ESA, UKSA and IBMP) and the Director of the Centre for Space Medicine, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London. She has 25 years of experience in space psychology, human performance and cognitive system engineering. Besides her background in clinical psychology, she has expertise in: crew selection & astronaut training, interface & cockpit design; human-robot interaction and humanoid robot design. Also, she is a pilot, skydiver, PADI Rescue Scuba Diver, and acupuncturist. Her book “TOOLKIT FOR A SPACE PSYCHOLOGIST”, was written to support astronauts in exploration missions to the Moon and Mars. Iya was expert and presenter for 6 episodes on the BBC Science show Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?
  • Dr. Nathan Smith obtained a PhD from the University of Birmingham in Sport and Exercise Psychology, after which he further specialized in extreme medicine. He developed training and education on psychology in extreme environments. Furthermore, Nathan has been a research fellow at the University of Manchester studying how humans survive and thrive in extreme environments, working together closely with ESA and NASA.

Our stellar panel will discuss astronaut psychological health for current and next generation space missions and at the end of the session we will open up the floor for questions. This session will be moderated by your host Jules Lancee, health innovator on Earth.

Space Health Symposium

To celebrate World Space Week 2020 Mars Society Australia and the ad astra vita project have joined forces to present an inaugural Australasian virtual Space Health Symposium (including Human Rights in the Space Environment) to be held on Monday 5 October and Tuesday 6 October 2020 via Zoom (free registration).

We are excited to feature Human Rights in the Space Environment as the key plenary session on Day 2. That human space exploration is both expensive and dangerous is a given, but it also represents a unique set of circumstances where human beings are totally dependent on what is provided for them in order to be able to survive. However, as the good health (both physical and psychological) of expeditioners is essential for the success of the mission, spacefarers “need to thrive, not just survive”. As such, a strong human rights infrastructure is necessary to support this.

Members of the Australasian space life sciences and space law communities are especially invited to participate, but wherever you are in the world, you are welcome! University students are welcome, both as participants and potential presenters.

For more information and to register/submit an abstract, visit Space Health Symposium.

COVID-19 Pandemic

Here are some resources collated from providing public health advice (covers international statistics and USA and Australia-specific). (The text for resources 3-7 was provided by The Hill website.)


WHO situation reports

The Hill – Here are some of the best maps to track the coronavirus epidemic

Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard

Johns Hopkins University has developed an interactive web-based dashboard to visualize and track confirmed coronavirus cases in real-time. The dashboard illustrates the location and number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries for all affected countries. It was developed to provide researchers, public health authorities and the public with a user-friendly tool to keep tabs on the outbreak as it unfolds. (or go to

The World Health Organization COVID-19 dashboard

The World Health Organization has made a similar map available that breaks down the number of confirmed cases, deaths, and countries, areas or territories with cases. 

Nextstrain COVID-19 dashboard

Nextstrain is an open-source project that tracks pathogen genome data. Its map is more technical and provides more information about how the disease has spread. It breaks down the genome of the virus, alongside a map showing how the virus has traveled country to country. 

The New York Times COVID-19 dashboard

The New York Times offers easy-to-read charts and graphs, as well as text stats breaking down the situation around the world. COVID -19 dashboard

A 17-year-old computer whiz from Seattle built an interactive map to keep the world updated on the COVID-19 pandemic. The website has been visited by 12 million people since it was launched by Avi Schiffmann in December, according to The Times of Israel. The site automatically scrapes data from sources all around the world and updates every minute. It offers stats on confirmed cases, serious cases, deaths and recoveries.

Worldometers – includes both statistics and graphs

The Washington Post – Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

The Lancet – COVID-19 and Italy: what next?

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now

Europe’s Doctors Repeat Errors Made in Wuhan, China Medics Say

stayinghomeclub – A list of all the companies WFH or events changed because of COVID-19 (contributions to the lists are accepted)

Hygiene resources

Good technique for hand washing and using hand sanitiser
In studies, washing hands with soap and water for 15 seconds (about the time it takes to sing one chorus of “Happy Birthday to You”) reduces bacterial counts by about 90%. When another 15 seconds is added, bacterial counts drop by close to 99.9%.


Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents


Australia – Victorian Department of Health COVID-19 health alerts–COVID-19

Australian Government Department of Health
COVID-19 resources
COVID-19 health alerts

General health advice

SmartTraveller – COVID-19 Advice

Information about international outbound travel insurance and cancellation, etc. (the situation has changed now as the Australian Government Travel Advisory has been lifted to Level 4 – check what your airline is offering by way of refunds or credits or flight changes).



USA CDC – Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready

USA CDC – Resources for Large Community Events & Mass Gatherings Before and During an Outbreak

USA CDC – FAQs for Event Organisers and Individuals

USA CDC – Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission

USA CNN – State by State breakdown

SmartTraveller – Advice re USA

Time Magazine – Here’s how fast the virus could infect over 1 million Americans

Atlanta Magazine – Coronavirus cancels Atlanta


AsMA Announcements

Featuring Mars Society Australia

MSA Goals:

Mars is within reach.  The fourth planet from the sun, the Red Planet, is a potential new frontier for humanity. It is the nearest body in the Solar System known to possess all the mineral resources necessary to sustain a permanent human presence.  It has landscapes billions of years old that can shed light on the early history of the Earth and the Solar System. Understanding of its climatic history will help scientists understand the operation of the Earth’s climate. Mars is the next most likely place in the Solar System where life may once or may still exist, the discovery of which would offer deep insights into the origins of life and the biological sciences.

In the last decade, major strides toward feasible, affordable human missions have been made and the question is no longer, “Can humans go?” but “When will humans go?”

  1. Broad public outreach to instil the vision of pioneering Mars.
  2. Support of more aggressive government funded Mars exploration programs around the world.
  3. Conducting Mars exploration on a private basis.
  4. Encourage Australian participation in planetary sciences and engineering in education, industry and government.

The MSA is undertaking comparative research and testing surface exploration strategies and technologies in renowned Mars analogue locations. Our vision is to position Australia for participation in the eventual establishment of a human presence on Mars, and to make Mars more real as a place for people everywhere.

Joining MSA

Various types of membership are available:

(As at 24 January 2020)

Membership of Mars Society Australia offers the following benefits:

  • For new members, all have the option of the following as joining gifts:
    • The latest copy of Dr Robert Zubrin’s book “The Case For Mars”, initialled by Dr. Zubrin, or
    • A copy of Guy Murphy’s book, “Mars, A Survival Guide”.
  • A reduced ticket price for AMEC (Australian Mars Exploration Conference).
  • Opportunities to meet with other MSA members at regular branch events and online..
  • Opportunities to participate in MSA activities such as Spaceward Bound Australia expeditions, and projects such as the Starchaser Rover, MarsSkin and Mars-Oz Habitat.
  • The knowledge that you’re supporting Australia’s most pro-active and well-respected space advocacy group.

MSA has branches all around Australia, and there is a wealth of information about events, resources, research and education on the MSA website:

Featuring the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ASAM)

The aims of ASAM are:

  • To cultivate and promote aviation medicine and related sciences;
  • To provide an authoritative body of opinion on matters of aviation medical significance; and
  • To increase the awareness of the aviation industry, government, and the general public of the importance of aviation medicine to flight safety.

Membership of ASAM is open to individuals and organisations. Students are welcome. Current membership fees (as at 24 January 2020) are:
Membership Fees
Full Membership – $143
Associate Membership – $143
Student Membership – $66

ASAM publishes a refereed journal (JASAM) on a half-yearly basis. It welcomes any contributions such as short cases, copies of papers presented at ASAM meetings, interesting photographs of our members in action or items of general interest to practitioners of aviation medicine. Send them by e-mail to the Editor.

The Editor of JASAM is:
Dr David Fitzgerald

JASAM is now published online at

ASAM also offers a number of awards, prizes, research grants and scholarships for students. For more information see:

A great deal more information is available on ASAM’s website: