RSESC Researcher Lance Warden will be presenting at the 2010 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Prague. On the 50th anniversary of the founding of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Lance Warden will present a brief overview of the USA founding members which will highlight their contributions to astronautics. For more information on the IAC please visit the IAC Website or to learn more about Lance Warden's presentation please see the abstract below.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE USA FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ASTRONAUTICS
On the 50th anniversary of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) we look back at the USA members of the first year and their contributions to astronautics. Just over a year after the creation of the IAA, Fred Durant III reported to the American Rocket Society on the formation of the IAA and included an appendix in his report from Frank J. Malina who was at that time the Deputy-Director of the IAA. Mr. Malina’s report which is dated 1 March 1961 lists the the initial members. Thirty of these initial 76 members represented the USA. For each of these members we explore their contributions prior to their involvement with the IAA as well as their contributions to astronautics throughout their careers.