The University of Strathclyde has become a member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the world’s leading space advocacy body.

Strathclyde joins more than 400 members in 71 countries, including all leading space agencies, companies, research institutions, universities, societies, associations, institutes and museums worldwide.

Key research

Space technologies is one of the key research capabilities within the Technology & Innovation Zone centred within the University in Glasgow City Innovation District. Frontier research is conducted on innovative concepts and solutions for space systems, including the next-generation of sustainable aerospace transport, space exploration, satellite applications and the sustainable use of space.

The University officially became a member at the International Astronautical Congress – the largest international space event – in Dubai.

Space cluster

Professor Massimiliano Vasile, Director of the Aerospace Centre of Excellence at the University presented on the Strathclyde space cluster at the global event.

Professor Vasile, who is also an International Programme Committee member of the Congress, said:

“We are delighted to join the membership of the IAF. It’s fantastic recognition of the breadth of research work across the space cluster at Strathclyde and shows how well-placed we are to support businesses wishing to explore space as a business opportunity.”  

“This year alone, we had 26 delegates from Strathclyde attending the Congress and submitted more than 50 research papers.

“The membership paves the way for discussions and future collaborations with all the companies and agencies within the space sector worldwide, as well as funded opportunities for staff and students.”

Scotland’s space sector is rising faster than anywhere else in the UK, aiming to grow in value to £4 billion by 2030. Glasgow manufactures more satellites than anywhere else in Europe.

The IAF was founded in 1951, when scientists from the field of space research gathered in an attempt to ensure a constant dialogue between the space nations, regardless of political turmoil.

In its early years, the Federation and its annual congresses were one of few places where East and West could meet during the Space Race.