1. What does ISECG stand for?
ISECG is the acronym for International Space Exploration Coordination Group.
2. What is the purpose of ISECG?
The purpose of IESCG is to provide a coordination mechanism through which individual space agencies may exchange information regarding interests, objectives, and plans in space exploration with the goal of strengthening both individual exploration programs as well as the collective effort. Agencies agree that space exploration will be most successful if they coordinate their exploration preparatory activities. They also want to look for ways to cooperate in the future and recognize the value of reaching a common understanding on many aspects that will inform future partnership opportunities. Communication within ISECG and its products are useful for informing agency decisions. ISECG scope is also to promote interest and engagement in space exploration activities throughout society. More about ISECG background: The Global Exploration Strategy: The Framework for Coordination.
3. Who can become a member of ISECG?
Membership in ISECG is open to space agencies and government organisations responsible for space activities. Individuals cannot become ISECG members. Currently, ISECG has 14 members: ASI (Italy), CNES (France), CNSA (China), CSA (Canada), CSIRO (Australia), DLR (Germany), ESA (Europe), ISRO (India), JAXA (Japan), KARI (South Korea), NASA (United States), SSAU (Ukraine), Roscosmos (Russia), UKSA (United Kingdom).
4. Is ISECG a governing body?
ISECG is not a governing body; it is a coordination forum. More about ISECG scope and purposes: ISECG Terms of Reference.
5. How can academia and industry give an input to ISECG?
Academia and industry are encouraged to contact their respective space agency to consult on opportunities to support their ISECG involvement. Any information, input or feedback can also be sent to the ISECG secretariat at email@example.com. This will in turn pass on the information to all individual, member agencies for their consideration.
6. Are all the ISECG members currently involved in the International Space Station?
No. There are several agencies that participate in ISECG that are not International Space Station partners.
1. What is the purpose of the Global Exploration Roadmap?
International partnerships have been and will continue to be essential for reaching ISECG participating agencies’ human space exploration objectives and it is important to engage in a dialogue that prepares for these future ambitious missions. Many exploration preparatory activities are underway around the world (i.e. technology development, International Space Station technology demonstrations, robotic missions, etc.), and ISECG participating agencies think there is an opportunity to inform and focus these preparatory activities.
2. Does the Global Exploration Roadmap represent a commitment by the participating agencies?
No. ISECG’s products are not binding; however, they can be informative by reflecting the emerging global consensus on human exploration-related planning. The second iteration maintains the framework for dialogue among international space agencies on the factors that ultimately will guide the definition of future partnerships. It enables agencies interested in future partnerships to discuss goals and objectives, needed technologies and potential mission scenarios.
3. How are specific missions or partnerships decided?
Agencies (and their respective governments) interested in partnering to implement missions like those included in the roadmap will ultimately make these decisions.
4. This document doesn’t include a full roadmap to Mars. Why not?
This effort represents the start of a human spaceflight road-mapping activity. Agencies expect the pathway to Mars will be guided by discoveries and enabled by today’s investments in advanced technologies, research and next-generation capabilities.
5. Are all the missions in the mission scenario graphics planned/funded/official?
Most of the robotic missions in the next five years are funded and progressing toward the launch dates reflected. Some other missions are still undergoing final formulation by participating agencies.
6. After the release of the first Global Exploration Roadmap there were several stakeholder engagement events scheduled. Will such events be scheduled so that stakeholders may provide feedback?
Yes. Stakeholder engagement on the initial Global Exploration Roadmap was outstanding and generated many innovative ideas that are reflected in the updated Roadmap. Opportunities for feedback will be provided for this version of the GER also.
7. Will there be a third iteration? When is it planned?
Agencies will continue their human spaceflight road-mapping activity within ISECG. The decision to release a third iteration of the document will be made when justified by the evolution of agencies policies and priorities. However, agencies are committed to sharing the results of their work in a transparent manner and continuing to use the Global Exploration Roadmap to seek feedback and generate innovative ideas within the broader space exploration community.