Welcome to the International Space Safety Foundation

The International Space Safety Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering industrial cooperation and scientific progress in the field of space safety. The final aim of the Foundation is to pursue the shaping and advancement of an industrial culture of space safety (technical, organizational and socio-political) to contribute to make space missions, vehicles, stations, extraterrestrial habitats, equipment and payloads safer for the general public, ground personnel, space travelers and crews. Similarly, the Foundation will seek to support the preservation of the orbital environment such to ensure safe use and access by present and future generations, and the integrity of orbital utilities and space-based safety critical services.

The Foundation operates by establishing multi-year programs, by raising funds from members, and donors, and by making them available to selected projects of universities, researchers, and professional associations. The Foundation will do both: solicit proposals and interests for specific programs and cooperation initiatives as well as evaluate merits of unsolicited proposals. The Foundation will apply modern procurement processes and business best-practices to the evaluation of proposals and assessment of projects results to ensure cost effective results and value for donations.

The ISSF key program is the “Space Safety Institute”, an initiative aimed to develop and support implementation of a notion of space safety as a collective responsibility of the aerospace industry. Through the Safety Institute, industry develops and adopts technical standards of excellence to ensure continuous space systems safety improvements, and operational integrity and sustainability.

The ISSF international outreach includes, in particular, close cooperation with the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) through the undertaking and promotion of joint conferences, workshops, educational projects and professional training.