Delivered by Dr. Jean Michel Contant, Secretary General, International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) entitled “The International Academy of Astronautics effort to publish timely focused space studies: towards increased participation of Indian experts” at LEOS/ISRO on 09-08-2019.

Dr. Jean Michel Contant

Dr. Jean Michel Contant is the Secretary General of the International Academy of Astronautics, a society of about 1300 members from 90 countries. He is was CEO of ASTS, a group of companies to promote space cooperation, based in Paris, Bangalore and Washington. He began his career as structural engineer at Aerospatiale in charge of ballistic missiles structures including M20 and M4 missiles. He played a key proactive role in the creation of the Arianespace Company and received the Gagarin Medal from the Russian Ministry of Transport, to recognize his key contribution to his role in the creation of Starsem. JM Contant was later Vice-President Marketing and Business Planning for the new EADS Launch Vehicles company that became Astrium Space Transportation and now Airbus. He was a Professor in scientific management at Paris XI University during 20 years. He personally pioneered the creation of a European professional aerospace society now named Council of European Aerospace Societies where is has been elected a Vice-President; he was a Vice-President of the French Aerospace Society (AAAF), a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), of French Society of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AAAF) and of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He received the IAA Von Karman Award, the French Aeronautical Medal and the International Cooperation Award of the AIAA.