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Welcome to the International Space Safety Foundation

The International Space Safety Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering policies of international 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 international 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 donors and sponsors, and by making them available to selected projects of researchers, associations and organizations. The Foundation will do both: solicit proposals and interests for specific research projects and cooperation initiatives as well as evaluate merits of unsolicited proposals. The Foundation will apply modern procurement processes and best practices to the evaluation of project proposals and assessment of projects results to ensure cost effective results and value for donations.

The International Space Safety Foundation (ISSF) is dedicated to advancing space flight safety. In its activities, the ISSF cooperates closely with the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) in terms of undertaking and promoting conferences, workshops, research, education and training, and space safety standards.

Goals

Promoting safe use of space forms the foundation of our endeavors. Compared with the vastness of political, financial, and intellectual resources that space programs and enterprises require, our forces are minute, truly a drop in the ocean. Nevertheless, we want to be that drop, a catalyst drop, that will bring philanthropists and people of knowledge and good will together to join resources and forces in developing the technical and the international cooperation means to:

  • Ensure that citizens of all nations are equally protected from the risk of overflying launch vehicles and returning spacecraft
  • Ensure that launch vehicles and spacecraft are developed, built, and operated according to uniform minimum safety standards, which reflect the status of knowledge and the accumulated experience
  • Prevent the risk of collision or interference during transit into the airspace and on-orbit operations
  • Ensure the protection of the ground, air and on-orbit environment from chemical, radioactive, biological and debris contamination