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ISECG Annual Report 2017 published

The “Annual Report 2017” of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) provides an overview of the achievements and activities over the past year. ISECG pursued various activity lines throughout 2017, from which many findings contributed to the update of…  

Government representatives from 45 countries and international organisations meet at the 2nd International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2)

Upon invitation from the Japanese government, the 2nd International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2) Ministerial Meeting was held on March 3, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, with representatives from 45 countries / international organizations, including 21 space agencies. During the day-long meeting,…  

ISECG Publishes Update to the Global Exploration Roadmap

Agencies participating in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) continue to advance a long-range international exploration strategy to expand human presence into the Solar System, which begins with the International Space Station, proceeds to the Moon, and leads to…  

Scientific opportunities of exploration beyond LEO

Following a broad interaction with the global scientific community the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) has just published the full Science White Paper “Scientific Opportunities Enabled by Human Exploration Beyond Low-Earth-Orbit”. The document takes account of the important role…  

ISECG Annual Report 2016 published

The annual report 2016 of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) provides an overview of its achievements and activities over the past year. Year 2016 marked another year of progress in cooperative space planning, which amongst others was comprised of: A…  

Simulating Mars on Earth

The human exploration of Mars is the driving goal of ISECG’s Global Exploration Roadmap (GER). One feature element of the GER is the return of samples from Mars, which is a priority of the international science community. From October 31 to…  

ExoMars – Ready for Science and for the Future

At the beginning of December the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) has imaged the Martian moon Phobos as part of a second set of test science measurements made since it arrived at the Red Planet on 19 October. The Trace…  

Scientific opportunities of exploration beyond LEO

Following a broad interaction with the global scientific community the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) has just published the summary of its upcoming Science White Paper “Scientific Opportunities Enabled by Human Exploration Beyond Low-Earth-Orbit”. The documents take account of…  

Space for Inspiration

The “Space for inspiration – ISS and beyond” event was a unique opportunity to build cross-sector relationships, and learn about promising research taking place onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Over 250 people gathered in one of the world’s most…  

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Speeds Toward Asteroid Rendezvous

NASA’s first asteroid sampling mission launched into space at 7:05 p.m. EDT Thursday, September 8, 2016, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, beginning a journey that could revolutionize our understanding of the early solar system. “Today, we celebrate…  

Outcome of the International Moon 2020-2030 Symposium on a New Era of Human and Robotic Exploration

Last December, over 200 experts from 25 countries representing communities of academia, space agencies, industry and private sector gathered at ESA’s technology centre in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, to discuss the future of lunar exploration in the next decade. A number…  

ISECG Annual Report 2015 published

The “Annual Report 2015” of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) provides an overview of the ISECG activities and events over the past year. 2015 marked another year of progress, which, amongst others, comprised The accession of the United Arab…  

ISECG Space Agencies and International Scientists discuss Scientific Perspectives for the Global Exploration Roadmap

The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and ISECG space agencies held a joint workshop to discuss the “Scientific Perspectives for the Global Exploration Roadmap” on 10-11 February 2016 at the Headquarters of the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES) in Paris….  

Towards a Scientific Perspective on the Global Exploration Roadmap

For more than a year already, ISECG agencies have engaged in coordinated interaction with the global science communities to articulate the common interests and goals of human and robotic space exploration. The first product of this continuous exchange will be…  

Space voyage to an asteroid: Hayabusa2 Earth Swing-by

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) performed an Earth swing-by operation of the Asteroid Explorer “Hayabusa2” successfully on December 3, 2015 (Japan Standard Time). Hayabusa2 is part of the ISECG Global Exploration Roadmap and contributes to extending human reach to…  

ISECG Space Agencies Welcome UAE Space Agency as New Member

The International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) space agencies welcomed the United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAE Space Agency) as the newest ISECG member on 5 October 2015, in Cologne, Germany. “ISECG welcomes the UAE Space Agency as a new…  

International Space Agencies Meet to Advance Space Exploration

DARMSTADT, GERMANY — Senior managers representing 14 space agencies participating in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) affirmed their commitment to fostering broad international cooperation to further advance the exploration and utilisation of space. The senior managers met at…  

“Hello” from Space – Lander Philae is awake

Philae on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Credit: DLR (CC-BY3.0)   On 13 June 2015 the Philae lander reported back, coming out of hibernation and sending the first data to Earth. Since then it has been in contact six times with the Lander…  

ESA experimental spaceplane completes research flight extending Europe’s capability for space exploration

The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) developed by ESA, the European Space Agency, flew a flawless re-entry and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on 11 February 2015. For the first time Europe launched and landed an unmanned spaceplane that has…  

Introducing ESA’s Space Exploration Strategy

Last month, ESA published its “ESA Space Exploration Strategy”. It outlines the long-term planning for Europe’s participation in space exploration, focusing on the next ten years but also taking into account longer-term perspectives. The strategy provides ESA´s conclusions on the…  

Space Policy Journal Special Issue about the “Global Exploration Roadmap”

The Space Policy Journal has published a Special Issue (30(3B)) about the “Global Exploration Roadmap” (GER). The Special Issue contains a collection of Viewpoints, Full Length Research Articles and Reports relating to various aspects of the GER. An introduction to…  

NASA’s Orion Crew Module Successfully Completes Flight Test

NASA’s Orion vehicle, which paves the way for future human exploration beyond Low Earth Orbit, lifted off at 7:05am, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a United Launch…  

Hayabusa2: Space voyage to an asteroid

JAXA launched the asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 on 3 December 2014 from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. Hayabusa2’s target is the 900meter wide carbonaceous asteroid “1999 JU3.” This C-type asteroid is expected to contain organic material and water. Hayabusa2 will…  

Historic Step in Exploration: First Landing on a Comet

On 12 November 2014, the Philae lander touched down on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission. This is the first time a man-made device has landed on a comet and collected…  

Stakeholder Engagement Opportunities: Community Ideas for Addressing Exploration Challenges and Opportunities

Agencies participating in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) have continued to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities of implementing exploration missions as described in the Global Exploration Roadmap (GER). Seeking innovative solutions from the broader community, a…  

Hand-over of ISECG chairmanship

On 30 September 2014, during the ISECG meeting at Senior Agency Management level, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) handed over the ISECG Chairmanship to the European Space Agency (ESA). ESA noted the importance of ISECG for agencies´ strategic planning and…  

Stakeholder Engagement Opportunities: Seeking Community Ideas for Addressing Exploration Challenges and Opportunities

Agencies participating in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) are continuing their efforts to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities of implementing exploration missions as described in the Global Exploration Roadmap (GER) and seek innovative solutions from the…  

Stakeholder Engagement Opportunities: Seeking Community Ideas for Addressing Exploration Challenges and Opportunities

Agencies participating in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) are continuing their efforts to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities of implementing exploration missions as described in the Global Exploration Roadmap (GER) and seek innovative solutions from the…  

International Government Representatives and Heads of Agencies meet to discuss Space Exploration

Upon invitation from the US Department of State, government representatives from more than 30 countries met at the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF) in Washington DC on 9 January. The full day meeting brought together Ministers and high-level officials to…  

Chinese lunar mission will add to global knowledge of the Moon

At the November meeting of the ISECG, representatives from the China National Space Administration (CNSA) shared plans for the lunar exploration mission Chang’e-3, subsequent robotic missions to the Moon and Mars and the Chinese space station programme. Chang’e 3 launched…  

ISECG releases a document discussing the benefits stemming from Space Exploration

September 20, 2013. Recognising the importance of delivering value to people on Earth, agencies participating in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) conducted a dialogue to share their views and lessons learned on the nature and significance of the…  

ISECG Posts Update to the Global Exploration Roadmap

August 20, 2013. Agencies participating in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) continue to advance a long-range international exploration strategy that begins with the International Space Station (ISS) and expands human presence in the solar system, leading ultimately to…  

ISECG Remembers Dr. Mike Wargo

August 9, 2013. Dr. Michael Wargo The International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) Agencies’ representatives want to express their sorrow and sympathy after they learned that their fellow colleague and friend, Dr. Michael Wargo, passed away unexpectedly over the weekend…  

Senior Space Agency Managers Meet to Discuss Global Space Exploration

Longueuil, Quebec, April 10, 2013. Today, the Canadian Space Agency hosted senior representatives from 11 space agencies(*) from around the world for a meeting of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) to exchange information regarding interests, plans and activities…  

ISECG Global Exploration Roadmap published

Noordwijk, The Netherlands: 22 September 2011. The ISECG Global Exploration Roadmap has been Published. The low and high resolution versions can de downloaded from the documents section of the website.

Space Agency Senior Managers Meet to Discuss a Global Exploration Roadmap

Kyoto, 30 August, 2011. Senior managers representing 10 space agencies* from around the world met in Kyoto, Japan today to advance a Global Exploration Roadmap for coordinated space exploration. Over the past year, the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG)…  

ISECG Reference Architecture for Human Lunar Exploration Summary Report published

Noordwijk, The Netherlands: 20 July 2010. The ISECG Reference Architecture for Human Lunar Exploration envisions how the space-faring nations of Earth can collaborate in exploring the Moon using the coordinated assets of many space agencies. It marks the first time…  

ISECG Senior Agency Management Meet

National Harbor, Maryland, USA: 23 June 2010. Senior managers representing space agencies in Canada (CSA), China (CNSA), Europe (ASI, CNES, DLR, ESA, UKSA), Japan (JAXA), Korea (KARI), Russia (Roscosmos), Ukraine (NSAU) and the United States (NASA) met at the National…  

New ISECG website launched

Noordwijk, The Netherlands: 18 December 2009. The International Space Exploration Coordination Group announces the launch of its website: http://www.globalspaceexploration.org. The new site has been designed to meet the needs of ISECG members and others in the Internet community. The new…  

ISECG Annual Report 2009

This third Annual Report of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG), like the 2007 and 2008 editions, provides an overview of the ISECG activities over the past year, as well highlights the main exploration activities of participating agencies during…  

ISECG Annual Report 2008

The second Annual Report (2008) of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) and its sub-working groups has been released. This document provides highlights of their activities during the past twelve-months including the progress of its Workplan, work ahead, the major space…  

4th Meeting of ISECG

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, December 2-3, 2009. The 4th Meeting of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group was hosted by the European Space Agency at the Huis ter Duin Hotel, in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Representatives form 10 space agencies gathered to…  

3rd Meeting of ISECG

Yokohama, Japan, 10-12 March, 2009. Representatives of nine space agencies from around the world met under the banner of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) and discussed [studied/ analyzed] scenarios for conducting internationally coordinated robotic and human exploration of…  

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