SGC 2010

SGC 2010 Presentations

Thanks to our magnificent speakers, we can offer you the pdf versions of the presenations given during SGC 2010!

Day Title Speaker
23/09/2010 Beyond a Network Agnieszka Lukaszczyk
  Welcome Speech Dorin Prunariu
  Get To Know the IAC Alexander Karl
  The Development and Changing Role
of Commercial Space
Clayton Mowry
24/09/2010 Asteroid Warning System Winner 2010 Ben Corbin
  Community Remote Sensing and
Climate Change
Ray Williamson
  CCSDS Mike Kearney
  Once, we went to the Moon John Logsdon
  Space Communications and Navigation Barbara Adde
  NEO Working Group Presentation  
  YGNSS Working Group Presentation  
  Disaster Managment Working Group
25/09/2010 Innovative Nano Satellite Technology Center Naomi Kuhara
  Agency Group Presentation  
  Industry Group Presentation  
  Climate Group Presentation  
  Exploration Group Presentation  
  Outreach Group Presentation  

Third day - 25th of September

SGC10_0030 SGC10_0031
Dr. Berndt Feuerbacher, President of the IAF,
during his talk on the ESA Rosetta mission
Clayton Mowry, President of Arianespace Inc.,
answering questions from the audience
SGC10_0032 SGC10_0033
Prof. Dr. John Logsdon SGC 2010 participants
SGC10_0040 SGC10_0034
During the last day, the Working Groups concluded
their work by presenting their ideas to the audience
Charles F. Bolden, Administrator of NASA, addressing
SGC 2010 participants during the dinner
SGC10_0036 SGC10_0037
The SGAC Executive Office awarded the SGC 2010
scholarship winners.

With 28 winners from all over the world, SGAC and
its supporters transformed SGC once again
into a truly international event

SGC10_0038 SGC10_0039
During the dinner, participants had the chance to talk
with high level personalities from the space sector.
The dinner also provided the a chance to meet
SGAC members from all over the world and enjoy the
beautiful gala-room at Charles University


Second day - 24th of September

SGC10_0016 SGC2010_0011
Barbara Adde of NASA addressing SGC as
Agency Spotlight Session Speaker
Mike Kearny of NASA & CCSDS
SGC10_0015 SGC10_0012
Ben Corbin of MIT, SGAC Move an
Asteroid Competition winner, presenting his paper
Barbara Adde, Ariane Cornell,
Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, and Mike Kearny

First day - 23rd of September

SGC10_0002 SGC10_0001
Participants gathering at the SGC 2010 venue
at Charles University
SGAC Executive Director, Ariane Cornell,
during the Opening Ceremony of SGC 2010
SGC10_0003 SGC10_0006
A view of the main lecture hall Dr. Nemecek, Dean of the Charles University
Mathematics and Physics Department
welcoming SGC participants
SGC10_0004 SGC10_0008
Dr. Dumitru Prunariu, current Chairman of
UN COPUOS, during his opening speech
Chris de Cooker, ESA Head of International
Relations and SGAC Advisory Board Member,
addressing the SGC 2010



Press and Pictures


For a selection of pictures click here. Presenations given during SGC can be found here.


October 4th, 2010

Download: [EN]

Space Generation Congress Yields Fresh Perspectives from the Up-coming Space Generation

Between 23-25 September 2010, the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) held its annual Space Generation Congress (SGC) in Prague, Czech Republic, gathering 100 young professionals and university students from 40 countries with space sector leaders and subject matter experts. The Congress was organised prior to the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and focused on debates on the key space topics.

SGC Delegates
Credits: Julio Aprea, Creative Commons License

The three days of the SGC 2010 brought together both young and experienced players in the space sector, enabling a resourceful and inspiring dialogue between the two parts. Young professionals and university students had the opportunity to learn from high-profile figures speaking on behalf of prestigious organisations such as Arianespace Inc., the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDC), the European Space Agency, the George Washington University, the International Astronautical Federation, the International Space Services, NASA, Secure World Foundation, Space Frontier Foundation, and the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS).

These space sector leaders also had the occasion to get innovative and bold insights from the incoming generation of sector leaders. The SGC 2010 delegates were divided into five project groups that debated a question within the theme of Industry, Agency, Climate, Exploration or Outreach.

Each group studied a topic and came up with a set of recommendations that were presented to all delegates and guests during the last day of the Congress, giving the perspective of the next generation of space leaders. All five projects had innovative yet pragmatic issue approach.

  • The Industry Project Group tackled topics such as space tourism, the role of new and well-established space companies, the prospects and obstacles to the privatised direction the space industry is heading.
  • The Agency Project Group discussed ground-based uses of space technology, focusing on issues related to disaster management.
  • The Climate Project Group focused on the current challenges of Earth observation data exchange and community remote sensing.
  • The Exploration Project Group debated human space exploration and why we should continue to send humans farther and farther into the universe.
  • The Outreach Project Group thought of ways to encourage students to enter and remain in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Final presentations prepared by the SGC Delegates exceeded my expectations,” said SGAC Chair, Agnieszka Lukaszczyk. “They were very informative and refreshing, and one could see the hard work delegates put into their output. I came out of the Congress inspired and energized; these young space enthusiasts once again have reminded me why it is important to be involved in space activities.”

The input from the university student and young professional delegates as well as the impressive lineup of SGC speakers will be combined into a final report of the Space Generation Congress 2010.

Many of the SGC 2010 delegates remained in Prague after SGC 2010 for the International Astronautical Congress. Eleven of them were selected to present their research papers on various space topics, proving the quality of the young professionals and university students that partake in SGC.

For more information please visit our website;


September 27th 2010; Prague, Czech Republic

Download: [EN]

SGC2010 Closes with Perspectives from the Young Space Generation and an Inspirational Speech from NASA Administrator, Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden

The Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2010 closed on Saturday, 25 September with final presentations given by each of the five project groups (Industry, Agency, Climate, Exploration and Outreach) and five speeches delivered by top space professionals, including a first-time ever address at SGC by NASA Administrator, Charles F. Bolden.

The day kicked off with William Watson, Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF), who informed SGC delegates of the advocacy work done by his organisation in support of the space strategy as proposed by the President Obama of the United States of America. Mr. Watson also premiered an SFF movie encouraging the expansion of the space commercial sector.

The morning session also included a technical presentation by Berndt P. Feuerbacher, President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), on the Rosetta mission. The presentation was followed by an extended round of applause by the audience which was filled with young space scientists, engineers, businessmen, lawyers, and politicians, alike.

Following lunch, the Industry and Exploration spotlight speeches were delivered. Clay Mowry, President of Arianespace Inc., talked about the historic development and changing role of commercial space. He emphasized that space is an application driven business, with satellites being today the major focus. Our future in space, he remarked will very likely be filled with interesting new business markets such as space-based solar power, biomedical research and space tourism.

The Exploration spotlight speech was given by John M. Logsdon, Professor Emeritus of the Space Policy Institute of the George Washington University in Washington D.C. Dr. Logsdon reflected on past and present exploration issues and illustrated the unique conditions that allowed the Apollo program to be successful.

The highlight of the entire Congress and the most important output of the SGAC network are the recommendations of the future generation of space leaders. SGC delegates gave five 20-minute presentations encapsulating their fresh perspectives, in-depth analysis and innovative recommendations for issues connected with Industry, Agency, Climate, Exploration and Outreach. Youth perspectives on space will be gathered into a final report that during the following months will be presented to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and to industry, agency, and academic organisations that collaborate with SGAC. Results will also be shared at events where SGAC members participate, ensuring that the voice of the next generation of space leaders is being heard, listened to and integrated in today’s space policies and decisions.

The formal closing dinner held at the Charles University of Prague was attended by SGC delegates and prominent international leaders of the space sector. Guest of honor, NASA Administrator, Charles F. Bolden, addressed the audience and stressed the importance of youth for the future of space exploration. “If exploration is your passion no one will stop you. You will make a difference, and I look forward to hearing your voices,” Administrator Bolden declared. Also during the closing dinner, SGAC Young Leader Scholarships, funded by SGAC and its partners, were awarded. The 28 scholarships, a record-number for SGAC, sponsored the winners to participate in the Congress. As many of these winners are from developing nations, these scholarships enable SGC to truly be an international youth space forum.

SGAC is proud of its overwhelmingly successful event, which was attended by 100 delegates from 40 countries. Next year’s 10th annual Space Generation Congress will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 29 September to 1 October. SGAC looks forward to welcoming another congregation of bright, future international space sector leaders.


September 24th, 2010; Prague – Czech Republic

Download: [EN]

Short Movie “Space Generations: From Sputnik to Today to Tomorrow” Premiered During the Second Day of SGC 2010

The second day of Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2010 started with the premier of a short movie featuring key moments in space history.  The movie was completed via a partnership between the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL). The movie tells a brief, but concise history of space exploration in a montage of images and videos of the most significant moments of outer space exploration since 1957. It also uses graphics to expose the critical issue of the long-term, sustainable use of Earth’s orbit and examines visionary space projects including mining the Moon and space-based solar power.

The idea behind the movie belongs to Prof. Dr. Frans G. von der Dunk, Othmer Professor of Space Law at the Space and Telecommunications Law Program of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, while Art Anisimov, SGAC National Point of Contact of Belarus and space law student at UNL, and Andy Bacon, head of SGAC’s Near Earth Objects (NEO) working group, led the effort of putting together the movie.

The inspiring documentary set the tone for the rest of the day. It was followed by Move an Asteroid Competition Winner Ben Corbin’s speech on "Implementing Advanced Technologies and Models to Reduce Uncertainty in a Global, Cost-Effective Asteroid Mitigation System."  He addressed the need of increasing the accuracy and precision in tracking near earth objects (NEO) and the components behind an automated decision-making warning system.  As one of the perks of the Move an Asteroid Competition, Ben will also present his winning paper at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), taking place in Prague between 27 September and 1 October.

The morning plenary session also featured the Agency spotlight speakers, Barbara Adde from NASA's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program and Mike Kearny from the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS). Ms. Adde stressed the importance of international cooperation in optomising the use of current and future Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Mr. Kearny complemented Ms. Adde´s presentation by pointing out that communication data systems enable most of this cooperation at the international level and affects all of our personal lives.

The plenary session ended with the Outreach spotlight speaker, Jim Zimmerman, President of International Space Services, Inc. He stated that as individuals working in the space sector it is our mission to promote space and stimulate interest from the general public. From his point of view, outreach should focus on three key words describing space: international, glamorous and inspiring. He also pointed out that geography is a factor to take into account when doing regional activities and projects.

After the plenary session, SGC 2010 delegates gathered into working groups to continue their debates on the five projects.

The SGC 2010 Industry Project Group narrowed their interest to three different sections: space applications, utilization and launching. They debated the strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities and threats related to the three components. As a result, recommendations were formulated for policy makers.

The SGC 2010 Agency Project Group covered more specific questions such as GNSS applications for different disaster phases, as well as the technical and policy challenges. The group looked into the issues regarding the technology currently used for Global Positioning System (GPS) positioning and possible ways to overcome the legal challenges regarding personal data storage. The group formulated several recommendations for international organisations aimed towards the improvement of GNSS disaster management applications.

The SGC 2010 Climate Project Group reviewed international principles of remote sensing and Earth observation. The group covered sovereignty issues, global commons issues and national security issues. In particular, the group had a lively discussion on the current tendency of climate change becoming a national security issue and how this might hinder environmental research.

The SGC 2010 Exploration Project Group focused on defining the outcome of the session. Starting with a discussion about necessary technologies needed for a Mars mission, the group moved further to the financial, political and outreach issues involved. After the lunch break, the team split up into smaller groups to categorise and prioritise the results from the morning session. Based on this work, the team will create a roadmap of challenges implied by a mission to Mars and possible solutions to these problems.

The SGC 2010 Outreach Project Group looked at strategies and frameworks to implement outreach programs across the world, meant to inspire students to pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics-related field particularly one in space. Examples included exposure of space activities in social networking sites and workshops for teachers. An emphasis on the values and benefits of space activities for developed and emerging space nations was considered to be essential for successful outreach aimed at students in these regions of the world.

After the working sessions, SGC 2010 delegates attended the SGAC Project Team Info Session where they were introduced with the three main projects SGAC supports throughout the year: Near Earth Object Working Group (NEO), SGAC Group on Space Technologies for Disaster Management and Youth Promoting Cooperation and Education in GNSS (YGNSS).


Tomorrow, the last day of SGC 2010, the delegates will hear from:

  • William Watson, Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation (SSF);
  • Berndt P. Feuerbacher, President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF);
  • Industry Spotlight Session Speaker Clayton Mowry, President of Arianespace, Inc.;
  • Exploration Spotlight Session Speaker John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs;
  • Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, NASA Administrator.


September 23rd, 2010; Prague, Czech Republic

Download: [EN]

Space Generation Congress 2010 Kicks Off

The first day of the Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2010 organised by the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) got off to a flying start yesterday with 100 top delegates gathering together in Prague to debate the latest space issues.  The event marks a milestone in SGC history as the largest youth space event to date.

Ariane Cornell, SGAC Executive Director and SGC 2010 Congress Manager, opened the Congress by welcoming the delegates and clarifying the goals of the event. SGAC Chair, Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, followed by introducing the organisation and its objectives.


From Left To Right - SGAC Chair Agnieszka
Dr Dumitru Prunariu, UN COPUOS
Chair and Ariane Cornell,
SGAC Executive Director

The highlight of the day was the talk of SGC featured speaker, Dr. Dumitru Prunariu, Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS). He set the tone of the Congress by addressing current global challenges and opportunities in the space sector from workforce issues to exploration.  Most importantly, he emphasized the role of the youth in future space development activities.

The majority of the day was spent in the project working sessions, as SGC 2010 delegates broke into five groups to discuss the Congress topics. The delegates, representing 40 different countries, brought to the debate their experiences and were complemented by young subject matter experts.

The Industry Project Group focused on remote sensing, space transportation, space applications, and International Space Station (ISS)-related issues.  They approached the analysis from both a technical and a legal perspective. They also analysed the industry area taking into account different policies, government intervention, ethics etc.

The Agency Project Group looked at past examples of disaster management to identify to what extent emergency information is available in real time. They also brainstormed the types of information that are most useful to people immediately following a disaster. Finally, the group looked into the necessary steps of designing a disaster management cycle.

The Climate Project Group covered many topics, which included existing climate and weather monitoring technologies, data and metadata collection standards, as well as the responsibility of countries as global community members to contribute to climate studies. The group focused on technical capacities taking into account the underlying social and economical issues.  A key identified point was that only few countries operate climate monitoring systems, yet the results are vital to all countries.

During the first day of SGC 2010, the Exploration Project Group set their starting point: the necessity of human exploration missions to other planets to inspire the youth.  They also debated the idea of going back to the Moon before considering a mission to Mars.  A key conclusion from the group’s first day was that astronauts should be the envoys of humanity, not of a single nation.

The SGC 2010 Outreach Project Group concluded during the first day that doing space projects or setting up a private space company is not as difficult or as expensive as it is generally thought. With the idea that space can be accessible to all, the group looked into ways to encourage young generations to become involved in space.

Between the session working times, all attendees at the SGC 2010 had the opportunity to hear Climate Session Speaker


Ray Williamson, Executive Director of
Secure World Foundation

Delegates during working session

Ray Williamson’s speech on the role of community remote sensing in climate change monitoring and mitigation.

At the end of the day, attendees had the option of attending a presentation introducing the International Astronautical Congress. This presentation was highlighted by welcome from International Astronautical Federation Executive Director, Philippe Willekens.  Later that evening, SGC 2010 delegates participated in the Opening Dinner and Culture Night, which truly emphasized the multi-cultural and multi-talented nature of the SGC attendees.

Tomorrow, the working groups will continue their projects, as well as look forward to a movie premier of an SGAC-produced feature on the history of the modern space age, and hear speeches from:
  • Move an Asteroid competition winner, Ben Corbin;
  • Agency Session Speakers, Barbara Adde (NASA's Space Communications and Navigation [SCaN] Program) and Mike Kearny (Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems [CCSDS]);
  • Featured Speaker, Jim Zimmerman, President of International Space Services, Inc.




September 23rd, 2010; Prague, Czech Republic

Download: [DE], [EN], [ES], [RU], [CZ]
High-Level Space Leaders and Young Professionals Start Debates on Key Space Issues at the Space Generation Congress 2010


Between 23 and 25 September 2010, Prague, Czech Republic will become the headquarters for international space matters. High-level space leaders and young professionals in the sector will come together to debate the latest space topics of interest at the Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2010, the annual conference of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). The discussions will focus on five major themes: Industry, Agency, Climate, Exploration and Outreach.

Access to information on real time can be done by following #SGAC on Twitter.

For more information please visit our website

For a selection of pictures please go to:



Oana Sandu, PR and Communication Lead – Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo., +40 724 024 625

The Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations Program on Space Applications (SGAC) is a non-governmental organization which aims to represent university students and young space professionals to the United Nations, Nation States space agencies and other organizations in the space community. SGAC has permanent observer status in the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). The SGAC Executive Council is made up of representatives from each of the six UN regions, and has a larger body of representatives from nation states. Our focus is on pragmatic space policy advice to policy makers based on the interests of the global community of students and young professionals, broadly in the age range 18-35, interested in space. For further information, please visit



SGC Speakers

In alphabetical order:


Barbara Adde

Policy and Strategic Communications (PSC) Manager for the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration's (NASA's) Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program

Barbara_Adde_resizedBarbara LB Adde has been a Policy & Strategic Communications Manager for the Space Communications and Navigation program since the position was created in March 2008. In this role, she is responsible for SCaN’s education and public outreach (EPO) program and policy and strategic communication with key stakeholders, such as other Federal departments and agencies, and international agencies and organizations. This includes serving as the Secretariat to the Interoperability Plenary (IOP) and the Interagency Operations Advisory Group (IOAG). Ms. Adde joined NASA in April 1997 as a political appointee, serving in the Office of Legislative Affairs. Her portfolio as Legislative Affairs Specialist included the International Space Station, Space Shuttle, microgravity research program, and external relations. She became a civil servant in 2001, supporting the Office of Space Operations’ policy and EPO activities until her move to SCaN in 2005. Prior to joining NASA, Ms. Adde served as Confidential Assistant to the Associate Director for Technology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, from 1993 to 1996. Ms. Adde earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Delaware in 1981.


Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Bolden_picMr. Bolden is the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., began his duties on July 17, 2009. As Administrator, he leads the NASA team and manages its resources to advance the agency's missions and goals. Prior to his nomination for the NASA administrator's job, he was employed as the chief executive officer of JACKandPANTHER LLC. His 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA's Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980, he traveled to orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions. Bolden's NASA astronaut career included technical assignments as lead astronaut for vehicle test and checkout at the Kennedy Space Center, and assistant deputy administrator at NASA Headquarters.




Ben Corbin

Aerospace Engineering and Planetary Science Masters Student at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT)

NEO_newsThis year’s 2010 SGAC Move an Asteroid Technical Paper Competition winner, Ben Corbin, is currently finishing his double Masters in Aerospace Engineering and Planetary Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and will begin his Ph.D. work in Space Systems Engineering in 2011. He serves as Flight Engineer for Project VeSpR, a sounding rocket mission to study Venus’ atmosphere. Ben graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering with minors in Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy. He received the Astronaut Scholarship for his research in flame speed gas dynamics. Ben was also one of the youngest ever participants at the International Space University’s Space Studies Program in 2007. Ben is involved with a number of space-related extracurricular activities. Recently, he was chosen to be a Flight Member with Astronauts4Hire, a non-profit that seeks to train suborbital scientist astronauts for private research. He has designed and built three scientific experiments for microgravity flights and served as the Chief Engineer at the Mars Desert Research Station. He has served as President at both the UCF and MIT chapters of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS). Ben has publications on a variety of space subjects, including analog spacesuit design, human missions to a near-Earth object, and planetary hoppers.



Chris De Cooker

Head of the International Relations Department at the European Space Agency (ESA)

Chris_de_Cooker_newChris De Cooker holds law degrees from the University of Amsterdam and of Columbia University. He was for nine years senior lecturer in international law at the University of Leyden in the Netherlands. He then joined the European Space Agency in 1984, where he held a number of positions, mainly concerning internal institutional matters. His current position is that of Head of the International Relations Department. He is Head of the ESA delegation to COPUOS. He has authored a large number of publications, mostly in the field of International Administration. He has also been advising many regional and global international organisations. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics.








Berndt P. Feuerbacher

feuerbacher_250President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)

Dr. Feuerbacher currently serves as the President of the International Astronautical Federation. He is also an Executive Committee Member of the European Physical Society (EPS) and a member of the IAF IPC Steering Group. As a scientist, he joined the ESLAB (European Space Laboratory, today Research and Science Support Department of ESA) in 1968 and has worked on projects such as the International Ultraviolet Explorer, the First Spacelab Payload as well as on experiments on lunar material returned by the Apollo missions. Starting in 1981, Dr. Feuerbacher was promoted to managerial positions including those of the director of the Institute of Space Simulation at DLR in Cologne and the Chair for Space Physics at the University of Bochum, Germany. He was also appointed vice chairman of the DARA Advisory Panel, Chairman of the ESA Microgravity Advisory Committee, the Space Station User Panel, and Committee Member and President of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR). Elected full member of the International Academy of Astronautics in 1986, he also acted as Co-Chairman of the IAF International Program Committee (IPC) at the International Astronautical Congresses in Toulouse 2001, the World Space Congress 2002 in Houston, and the Bremen IAC in 2003. Prof. Feuerbacher has published scientific achievements in more than 180 contributions to international scientific journals. He is holder of 8 patents and has written 14 books.



Mike Kearny

Chairman and General Secretary of the Consultative Committee for
Space Data Systems (CCSDS)

sgc_Mike_Kearney_Official_Portrait_smallMr. Kearney was a graduate of the University of Kentucky in Electrical Engineering in 1978, and subsequently worked as a contractor at Kennedy Space Center, on control systems for the Space Shuttle launch complex. In 1980, he became a NASA employee and has since worked at Johnson Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center, on data and communications systems and mission control system data architecture. In the International Space Station (ISS) program, Mr. Kearney has negotiated the development of international interfaces between international agency control centers and founded the ISS Ground Segment Control Board (GSCB). At MSFC, he currently supports new NASA space exploration initiatives and serves as the Center Data Standards Manager. On the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) he serves as the Chairman and General Secretary.




John Logsdon

Professor Emeritus at George Washington University´s Elliot School of
International Affairs

sgc_longsdon_smallDr. John Logsdon is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Prior to his leaving active faculty status in June 2008, he was on the faculty of the George Washington University for 38 years. He was the founder in 1987 and long-time Director of George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute. From 1983-2001, he was also Director of the School’s Center for International Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Logsdon’s research, which he actively continues, focuses on the policy and historical aspects of U.S. and international space activities. Dr. Logsdon also has served on many domestic and international space boards and councils. He was a member of the NASA Advisory Council from 2005-2009 and remains a member of the Council’s Exploration Committee. A sample of his past advisory positions include membership on: the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, the evaluation committee of Japan’s National Space Development Agency, the Vice President’s Space Policy Advisory Board, the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Research Council, NASA’s Space and Earth Sciences Advisory Committee, and the Research Advisory Committee of the National Air and Space Museum. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Public Service and Public Service Medals from NASA, the 2005 John F. Kennedy Astronautics Award from the American Astronautical Society, and the 2006 Barry Goldwater Space Educator Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He holds a B.S. in Physics from Xavier University (1960) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from New York University (1970).


Clayton Mowry

President of Arianespace, Inc.

Mowry_Clayton_smallClayton Mowry has worked for over 17 years in the commercial launch and satellite sectors serving in government, as the leader of an industry trade association and as an executive for the world’s leading launch services company. Mr. Mowry joined Washington, D.C.-based Arianespace, Inc. as its President and Chairman in August 2001. As the head of the Arianespace’s U.S. subsidiary, he is responsible for managing the company’s sales, marketing, government relations and corporate communications activities. Before joining Arianespace, Mr. Mowry served for six years as executive director at the Satellite Industry Association (SIA), a non-profit alliance of U.S. satellite operators, manufacturers and ground equipment suppliers. Prior to his role at SIA, he worked as a satellite/launch industry analyst and senior international trade specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Clayton Mowry received a Master of Business of Administration (MBA) from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in politics and government from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. In addition to his work at Arianespace, Inc., Mr. Mowry currently serves on the board of directors and as president of the Society of Satellite Professionals International. He is now in his second term as vice president for international programs with the American Astronautical Society. Mr. Mowry is also an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Dumitru Prunariu

Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

sgc_Dumitru-Dorin-PRUNARIU_smallDr. Prunariu the current Chairman of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space for the period of June 2010-June 2012 and is an Associate Professor of Geopolitics at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania. He acted as a Diplomatic Engineer for industrial sector prior to enrolling in the Romanian Air Force Officers Training School in 1977. He was selected for spaceflight training in 1978 as a part of the Intercosmos Program. In May 1981, he completed an eight-day space mission on board Soyuz 40 and the Salyut 6 space laboratory, where he completed scientific experiments in the fields of astrophysics, space radiation, space technology, space medicine and biology. Since 1995, Dr. Prunariu has been the Vice-President of the International Institute for Risk, Security and Communication Management (EURISC) in Bucharest. He is the former President of the Romanian Space Agency and former Director of the Romanian Office for Science and Technology Union (ROST) in Brussels. He is also a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics, a member of the Romanian National COSPAR Committee, and a member of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE). He was elected in 2004 as the Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the UN COPUOS and has also served as a permanent representative of the Government of Romania and ASE to UN COPUOS. Dr. Prunariu obtained a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Politehnical University of Bucharest in 1976 and received a PhD from the Aviation Institute in Bucharest with research on flight dynamics.


William Watson

Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation (SSF)

William_watsonWilliam Watson is presently Executive Director of the Space Frontier Foundation. He endeavors to create new business relationships for the Foundation and to communicate its’ vision of space utilization and settlement. Before the Foundation, Will worked for The Tauri Group as an analyst on the Space Foundation’s The Space Report and on spaceport related business development. Mr. Watson’s professional involvement with the NewSpace industry started with his graduate placement at the Transformational Space Corporation, LLC (t/Space). Will received his Master’s in Space Management (MSM) from the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France. The MSM graduate program focuses on aerospace business, marketing and law. Prior to ISU, Mr. Watson received a BA in Russian Literature & History from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He has studied in Moscow at Lomonosov University and as part of the Institute for Biomedical Problems‘ Summer space program.



Ray Williamson

Executive Director of the Secure World Foundation (SWF)

sgc_RayDr. Ray Williamson is Executive Director of Secure World Foundation, a private operating foundation with headquarters in Superior, Colorado. He was formerly Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs in the Space Policy Institute, The George Washington University. At the institute, he had led several studies of security issues in space and on the socioeconomic benefits of Earth science and space weather research. Ray is also an external faculty member of the International Space University (ISU), Illkirch, France, teaching general space policy and remote sensing for the ISU Masters and Space Studies programs. He is editor of Imaging Notes and serves on the editorial board of the journal Space Policy. As a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, Dr. Williamson serves on Commission Five: Space Policies, Law & Economics. He is the author of more than 100 articles on space policy, remote sensing and space security and author or editor of nine books on outer space, the technologies of historic preservation, and American Indian astronomy, myth and ritual. From 1979 to 1995, he was a Senior Analyst and then Senior Associate in the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of the U.S. Congress. While at OTA, Dr. Williamson led more than a dozen space policy studies requested by Congressional committees. Ray received his B.A. in physics from the Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Maryland. After two years on the astronomy faculty of the University of Hawaii, he taught philosophy, literature, mathematics, physics and astronomy at St. John's College, Annapolis. For the last five years he also served as Assistant Dean of the College.


Jim Zimmerman

President of International Space Services, Inc.

j zimmermanJim Zimmerman is President of International Space Services, Inc. – a space policy firm in McLean, Virginia – which he founded in 1997. He also serves as Past President of the International Astronautical Federation, President of which he was from 2004 till 2008. Jim has more than 35 years of international space and science program and international cooperation experience. He is particularly familiar with space program and policy developments in the United States and in Europe where he served as NASA’s European Representative for twelve years. Jim is a Fellow in the American Astronautical Society and an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he also served as Vice President - International. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Beloit College and a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, both in the USA. He also studied at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and at universities in Finland, Austria and Italy. Zimmerman was twice awarded NASA's Exceptional Service Medal, European Space Agency's International Space Station Award and the German Space Agency's International Cooperation Award, as well as the American Astronautical Society’s Award for the Advancement of International Cooperation.





SGC Venue & Accommodation


Space Generation Congress 2010 Venue

The venue for SGC 2010 will be the Charles University. Founded in 1348, Charles University is one of the oldest universities in the world. It is the largest university in the Czech Republic and currently has over 51,000 students - more than 18,000 are studying in bachelor's programmes, 25,000 in master's programmes and more than 7,000 in doctoral programmes. Over 6,000 students are from abroad..

The university is dedicated to international co-operation with prestigious educational and research institutions. CU has signed a total of 450 bilateral agreements and 190 international partnership agreements with foreign universities.

Charles University ranks among the world's top universities, a fact that has been confirmed repeatedly by the international university rankings. In the Shanghai University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, which evaluates 2,000 universities, Charles University placed in the top 300 out of the total of world's 17,000 universities and colleges. Charles University therefore belongs among the 2% of the best universities and the 100 top European universities. It is the only Czech institution of higher education to place in the published list of 500 universities.

The Space Generation Congress is being generously hosted by Charles University's Department of Maths and Physics at the Malá Strana Campus.

Venue address:
Malostranské nám. 25,
118 00 Praha 1,
Czech Republic

Charles University, Malá Strana Campus


To see the map please click here.



All SGC delegates are required to make their own hotel arrangements in Prague for the Congress and are free to stay where they wish. SGAC has taken into consideration the financial limitations of our delegates and have arranged special deals for SGC delegates at two hotels. These two-star hotels are across the street from each other, are very close to a metro stop, and are also conveniently located for those staying for the International Astronautical Congress.

These special deals are only available on a limited number of rooms and are only available up to three weeks before the beginning of the Congress. The special rates are available for 22 September through 1 October (i.e., for SGC and IAC). To ensure a special rate, please book as soon as possible.

For people who would like to share a double room, please email, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.. Your name will be added to a list which will be distributed to others who are interested in sharing a room. Roommates are then responsible for contacting the hotel directly to make the reservation.

For other hotels, please see the recommended list for the International Astronautical Congress here.


Hotel Alton

Special room rates are reserved for 15 rooms at the Hotel Alton. Single rooms are available for 1300 CZK and double rooms are available at 1700 CZK per room (850 CZK per person). Internet connection and breakfast are included in the room charge. For a 360-degree virtual tour of Hotel Alton click here. To reserve a room at this price, please contact the hotel via email (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.) and ask for the SGAC special discount.

recepce twin-roomtwin2


Pension Brezina

Special room rates are reserved for 15 double rooms at the Pension Brezina for 1125 CZK per room (562.50 CZK per person). Internet connection is included in the room charge. Breakfast is an additional 120 CZK per day. To reserve a room at this price, please contact the reservations manager at the hotel, Mr. Miloslav Maun, via email (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.) and ask for the SGAC special discount.






Prague Map

Click on map to enlarge.



SGC Venue:

Charles University,
The Department of Maths and Physics

Malostranské nám. 25,
118 00 Praha 1,
Czech Republic


SGC Accomodation:

Hotel Alton

Legerova 62,
120 00 Prague 2,
Czech Republic

Pension Brezina

Legerova 41,
120 00 Praha 2,
Czech Republic


IAC Venue:

Prague Congress Centre (PCC)

5. května 65,
140 21 Prague 4,
Czech Republic

Practical Information

This page shall give you some useful information about Prague and Czech Republic.



The official currency used in the Czech Republic is the Czech Crown (Kč) which has the international abbreviation CZK. One crown is divided into 100 hellers (h), though the smallest denomination of coin is the 50 heller piece. The Czech Republic has been a member of the EU since May 1 2004, but will only enter the Euro Zone around 2012. You can pay for goods and services in the Czech Republic with cash and cards. There are also places in the country where payment can be made in euros – in most retail chains, electronics shops, at petrol stations and in restaurants. There are exchange offices on literally every corner in large towns.

Banknotes come in the following denominations:


Coins come in the following denominations:

Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs

Major cards such as American Express, Diners Club, Discover, Visa, MasterCard and others may be used to exchange currency and are also accepted in some hotels, restaurants and shops, and in ATMs. Please make sure to contact your bank regarding the detailed information about how you may access the ATMs or use your credit/debit cards in Czech Republic and what the fees are. Several major international banks allow customers of their banks to use their ATM card or debit card at another bank within the Global ATM Alliance with no International ATM Access fees. However, other fees, such as an international transaction or foreign currency fee, may still apply for some account holders. Here is a list of participants in the Global ATM Alliance:

Best Places to Change Money
Another means of obtaining currency in Prague is to exchange cash for Czech Crowns, but be careful where. Top tip is the eXchange bureau de change, near the Old Town Square, which generally offers the best rates in Prague for tourist and business currency exchange. (

Money Tips for Travelers:

  • Always change money in a bank or take cash out of ATM machines, which are plentiful in Prague and every larger town. ATM machines are a very convenient way to get Czech crowns.
  • Be careful when using money exchange offices. Many of them target tourists (especially in Prague) and you may end up paying a high commission or getting a bad rate without even knowing about it.
  • Never agree to changing money on the street. The purpose of this practice is not to exchange money, but to steal it from you.
  • Don't carry large amounts of cash with you. Carry a credit card and take money out of a cash machine as you go. You can also use your card to make payments. Major credit cards are accepted in most locations.
  • Always try to pay in Czech crowns. Even though euros are accepted at businesses such as the Tesco department store and some restaurants, the exchange rate is not always favorable. The change you receive will be in Czech crowns.


Trading Hours

Small Shops
In small towns most shops are open Mon – Fri, from 8 or 9am until 6pm, and only in the morning on Saturdays. In big cities shops may stay open until 9pm. Only a few small shops have a lunch break, usually between 12 and 1pm.

Shopping Centres
Shopping centres and department stores have longer opening hours, usually until 10pm even at weekends. Some large supermarkets are open 24 hours a day.

(Tip: Should you find yourself in a place where there are no large shopping centres, there is sure to be a so-called „Večerka“ somewhere nearby, a small shop that stays open late and where you can buy basic foodstuffs.)

Banks are only open Mon – Fri, usually from 9am until 5pm, though some days they may stay open until 7pm. Branch opening times differ from place to place. ATMs (cash machines) can be accessed 24 hours a day.

Offices in the Czech Republic have set opening days. (Monday and Wednesday), and are usually open until 5pm at the very least. On other days some offices are closed to the public.

(Tip: Find out in advance whether an office is open or not. By doing so, you’ll avoid an unpleasant wait or a pointless journey.)

Post Offices
Post Offices are usually open on weekdays from around 8am until 5pm and on Saturday mornings.

Restaurants, beer halls and cafes are normally open daily from 10am until 11pm. However, there are exceptions to this rule.

(Tip: In the summer months eating and drinking outside is particularly popular. Outdoor seating at restaurants is usually open until 10pm when a period of quiet lasting until 6am comes into force.)

Bars and Clubs
Bars and clubs usually open in the afternoon. They normally stay open until 2am, in some cases until 3 or 5am. This depends on the number of guests at these times.

(Tip: Hit the town on Friday or Saturday night when bars and discos are often open until the early hours.)


Telephone, Internet, Mobile and Cell Phone Usage

GSM-900 and GSM-1800 sytems are used in Czech Republic. Blackberry and iPhone can be used. To call abroad, dial 00+country code+national number of the line being called abroad (E.g. to call a number in the United States, dial 00+1+area code+local number).

Prague is a well connected city, with fast internet access widely available. Many hotels and apartments offer wired or wireless internet access (Wi-Fi). Some cafés and bars offer free Wi-Fi for the price of a drink.

Hotel Alton: Internet connection in rooms (RJ45) free of charge. Free Wi-Fi in Lobby bar.
Pension Brezina: Internet connection sockets (RJ45) in rooms. Use of the internet is free.



CEE 7/16 (Europlug 2.5 A) and CEE 7/5 types of sockets are used in Czech Republic at 220V ~ 250V.

Time Zone

During Daylight Saving Time, Czech Republic uses GMT+2 time zone.



The city of Prague experiences an oceanic climate with warm summers and relatively cold winters. The temperatures in summer can go up as high as 30C and maybe more. July, August and September are the hottest months of summer.

This is also the time when Prague gets most of its rainfall. Rain and storms are very common (1-2 per week) in summers.

Average Conditions

The following bar chart for Prague shows the years average weather condition readings covering rain, average maximum daily temperature and average minimum temperature.


At all times bring a warm jumper and a waterproof jacket or umbrella in case of a cold spell. When the weather turns warm in the spring, summer and autumn, cool shorts, skirts and dresses can be very welcome. Sunscreen, sunglasses and hats can also be important.



Integrated European Emergency Call

  • sosIt facilitates emergency calls for foreigners and it is possible to use in large-scale emergencies.
  • This number is possible to use in case of the need for urgent Police, Fire Brigade or Emergency Medical Service intervention.
  • The operators speak Czech, English and German. This call is free of charge (from any landline or mobile telephone station).
  • The line is equipped with a “Caller ID technology”. It is also possible to locate the mobile phone caller with an accuracy of 200 meters.
  • In accordance with the government resolution, the line is being operated simultaneously with the standard Czech emergency numbers of 150 (Fire Brigade), 155 (Emergency Medical Service) and 158 (Police).


Visa Information

Visa Information for Czech Republic: click here
Visa Application Form: click here

© 2006-2018   Space Generation Advisory Council  |