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Saturday, March 14, 2009

International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) - Follow Up

Hubert Davis mentioned to Buzz Aldrin the last post about ISECG and
Buzz sent me an e-mail with the subject - CALL. I did!

We had a conversation about the need for global cooperation and Buzz
was interested in seeing more information about the International Space
Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG).

I told him I would see what I could find and to that end here are some more
links about the history of ISECG and earlier meetings pertaining to
International Cooperation for Sustainable Space Exploration.

I need to spend some more time reading the material and I thought
you folks might like to do the same. It is important to have government
space agencies working to promote the use of space.

There needs to be a viable commercial reason for going to space and having
established government space agencies working together should help in
promoting and paving the way to make it happen.

Developing our use of space exploration should be built on reasons that
will sustain the effort in the long term and not just be a one time shot that
would prove to be too expensive and shut down for lack of return on investment.

You can get a feel for where Buzz Aldrin is coming from if you read this report.
- LRK -
Sustainable Space Exploration and Space Development
- A Unified Strategic Vision
February 20, 2009

Buzz Aldrin, Ph.D.
Apollo 11 Astronaut
Sr. Fellow, Aerospace Technology Working Group

Feng Hsu, Ph.D.
Sr. Fellow, Aerospace Technology Working Group

Ken Cox, Ph.D.
Founder & Director
Aerospace Technology Working Group

This paper presents and recommends a strategic and Unified Space Vision (USV) for
comprehensive human space exploration and space development endeavors in the 21st
century, through extensive analysis of complex space policy issues, to the new U.S.
Administration, the NASA transition team and the broad domestic and international
community. The proposed USV is a new paradigm of space policy that aims to rectify or
replace the current Vision for Space Exploration (VSE), including its implementation plan,
which has been pursued via the NASA Constellation program since its announcement by
George Bush in early 2004. We strongly believe that if adequately adopted, the USV should
serve the long-term economic, diplomatic and exploration interests of this nation and others
around the globe.


And now to the links I found for ISECG.
- LRK -

The Global Exploration Strategy:

S. Espinasse on the behalf of S. Di Pippo
Director, Observation of the Universe – ASI
Chair, Human Spaceflight, Microgravity & Exploration PB - ESA

Global exploration strategy: the framework for coordination
• Since August 2006, 14 space agencies discussed the
definition of a vision for globally coordinated space
• The 14 space agencies are: ASI, BNSC, CNES, CNSA,
and Roscosmos.

These discussions led to the finalisation of a
document entitled “The Global Exploration
Strategy: The Framework for Coordination”
(otherwise called the Framework Document). This
document has been released on the 31° of May,
2007 in connection with the 3° ESA/ASI workshop
on International Cooperation for Sustainable Space

The Framework Document is an important step for
these 14 agencies in an evolving process toward
achieving a global, strategic, coordinated and
comprehensive approach to space exploration.

If you know any of the participants or have first hand information about the meetings, let me know.
- LRK -

Thanks for looking up with me.

Larry Kellogg

Web Site:
RSS link:
International Cooperation for Sustainable Space Exploration

Key meeting on long-term space exploration
30 May 2007 Fourteen space organisations from all over the world will gather in Italy to discuss further coordination for long-term space exploration efforts.

Welcome statement Mrs Di Pippo and Mr Sacotte
Thank you for visiting these web pages. They are meant to give visibility to the reflection, and provide a repository for the resulting material, that major space agencies worldwide are conducting collectively on the issue of space exploration from a global and international cooperation perspective.

3rd Workshop on International Cooperation for Sustainable Space Exploration
ESA and ASI have the pleasure of welcoming representatives of the international space agencies and organisations to the 3rd Workshop on International Cooperation for Sustainable Space Exploration to be held in Spineto, Italy, from 29 May to 1 June 2007. More details will follow.
This is an invitation only workshop.

3rd workshop - 2007
Letter of invitation

Draft agenda

IMEWG 2007
International Mars Exploration Working Group
May 29, 2007, Abbazia di Spineto, Sarteano, Italy

2nd workshop - 2006
*2nd Workshop on International Cooperation for Sustainable Space Exploration*
Agenda & Presentations

Participants 2006

The Spineto Declaration

1st workshop - 2005
*1st Workshop on International Cooperation for Sustainable Space Exploration*

Agenda and Presentations

List of Participants
Workplan 2008
29 January 2008

At the 1st ISECG meeting which has been held on 6 and 7 November 2007 in Berlin,
the objectives of activities to be performed within 2008 have been discussed and
agreed. This document details the ISECG work objectives for 2008 and defines an
associated implementation plan.

The ISECG workplan 2008 responds to 3 overarching strategic objectives:
• Demonstrate the effectiveness and value of ISECG by achieving
outcomes within 2008 which further the goals of ISECG and are of
mutual benefit to the participating Agencies
• Increase the visibility of ISECG by communicating its existence and
purpose to relevant international groups and organisations.
• Establish all elements of the ISECG structure required to make it fully

Annual Report: 2007
Background to the ISECG

In 2006, 14 space agencies(1) began a series of discussions on global interests in space exploration. Together they took the unprecedented step of elaborating a vision for peaceful robotic and human space exploration, focussing on destinations within the Solar System where humans may one day live and work, and developed a common set of key space exploration themes. This vision was articulated in "The Global Exploration Strategy: The Framework for Coordination" (the Framework Document), which was released on May 31, 2007 (2).

The process of creating, editing, and producing the Framework Document has nurtured a strong consensus and partnership among the fourteen founding space agencies. This spirit of openness, flexibility, and mutual respect that marked the Framework Document development process yielded a truly cooperative effort and the starting point for broader discussions with an increasingly wider set of participants, both among and outside the founding fourteen agencies.

A key finding of the Framework Document was the need to establish a voluntary, non-binding international coordination mechanism through which individual 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. The coordination mechanism is now called the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG).

1 In alphabetical order: ASI (Italy), BNSC (United Kingdom), CNES (France), CNSA (China), CSA (Canada), CSIRO (Australia), DLR (Germany), ESA (European Space Agency), ISRO (India), JAXA (Japan), KARI (Republic of Korea), NASA (United States of America), NSAU (Ukraine), Roscosmos (Russia). “Space Agencies” refers to government organizations responsible for space activities.
2 Posted on each of the agencies websites

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Report of the 3rd Meeting of
International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG)

March 13, 2009 (JST)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Representatives of ten space agencies from around the world met under
the banner of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG).
The meeting was held on March 10-12, 2009 in Yokohama Japan, and was
chaired by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). They adopted for
further study three scenarios for conducting internationally coordinated robotic
and human exploration activities on the Moon.

Report of the 3rd Meeting of International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG)

This page URL:
Publisher : Public Affairs Department
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Marunouchi Kitaguchi Building,
1-6-5, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8260




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