Experts & Organizational Liaisons

The International Space Safety Foundation relies on a circle of space safety experts to advise its governing bodies on technical matters. These individuals are recognized experts in their respective fields.

ISSF also embraces liaisons from critical space and space safety organizations around the world. These liaisons ensure ISSF remains up to date on developments within these organizations and ISSF's perspective is represented to them.

Tommaso Sgobba, Liaison from the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety

TommasoSgobba 100x139Mr. Sgobba is Head of the Independent Flight Safety and Planetary Protection Office for the European Space Agency. In this role, he is responsible for flight safety of European Space Agency manned systems, for spacecraft reentry safety, and for space debris, use of nuclear power sources, and planetary protection,

Mr. Sgobba joined the European Space Agency in 1989, after 13 years in the aeronautical industry. He supported the development of the Ariane 5 launcher, Earth observation and meteorological satellites, and the early Hermes spaceplane phase. Later, he became product assurance and safety manager for all European manned missions on Shuttle, MIR station, and for the European research facilities for the International Space Station. Mr. Sgobba holds an M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin (I), where he has been also professor of space system safety (1999-2001). Mr. Sgobba is co-editor of the first book on safety design of space systems, and president of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS).

William Ailor, Space Debris Expert

Bill Ailor 100x125Dr. Ailor is the principal scientist with the Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California.  He leads the Space Debris and Reentry Technical Committee for the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and an Associate Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).  He heads the U.S. delegation to ISO’s Orbital Debris Coordinating Working Group, which leads the development of international standards for space debris mitigation, and is Reentry Subject Matter Expert for the Interagency Nuclear Safety Review Panel, which provides independent safety reviews to the White House on space missions using radioactive materials.   He has chaired or co-chaired eight international conferences, including four on protecting Earth from asteroids.  He is co-chair of the 2013 IAA Planetary Defense Conference, which will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona.