Research and Publications on Space Safety

Currently space agencies and their contractors invest very little in space safety research in general but tend to focus activities on project specific issues. A space safety research program with the aim to support global risk management, international cooperation and to foster worldwide space commercialization is practically non-existent.

The ISSF research plan aims to stimulate the expansion of government and contractors research efforts, and on the other side to initiate research in new fields and to further pursue those study topics which require an international approach. The ISSF research initiatives will include sponsorship of general studies in support of global safety risk management and standardization, as well as of detailed studies on specific topics. Particular attention will be paid to technical studies of space systems interoperability. The ISSF research program will place emphasis on the involvement of academia and on synergies with industry.

ISSF will sponsor studies to develop an international space safety culture by encouraging the formation of international research teams. The Foundation will seek the support of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) for establishing multi-years research funding plans.