On May 19 – 21, 2015, the 5th International Conference Space Technologies: Present and Future was held in Dnepropetrovsk. The conference was hosted by Yuzhnoye State Design Office. The conference was held under the aegis of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). The conference was sponsored by the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust; Yuzhnoye SDO; Orbital ATK and MIKROSAM companies. The conference was attended by 286 specialists from 20 countries: Ukraine, Belarus, Great Britain, Belgium, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Greece, the Netherlands, Algeria, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Switzerland, Japan, United States, Romania and Russia.
Filippo Graziani, the Professor of the University of Rome, and Marius Pizo, the President of the Space Agency of Romania, represented the IAA at the conference. The following guests of honour also attended the conference: Yaroslav Yatskiv (member of the NSAU Presidium), Victor Sergeev (Advisor to the Governor of Dnepropetrovsk region), Oleg Urusky (Chairman of the NASU), Claude Nicollier (Swiss physicist, pilot, astronaut of the European Space Agency), Klim Churyumov (Director of the Planetarium in Kiev), discoverer of the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet, Anatoly Bulat (Chairman of Pridneprovsky Scientific Center), Li Bin (Director of the Aerospace Propulsion Institute, China), Vidmantas Tomkus (Director of the Space Agency of Lithuania), Samoil Samak (Vice President of MIKROSAM), Jeffrey Campbell (Director of Orbital ATK Inc.) and others.
Alexander Degtyarev, General Designer – General Director of Yuzhnoye SDO, opened the conference plenary session. Welcoming statements were made by Oleg Urusky, Viktor Sergeev, Marius Pizo, Anatoly Bulat, and Li Bin.
Eight reports were presented in the plenary session. The following reports were of peculiar interest: ESA Rosette Mission: Preliminary Results of Research Module Landing on the Comet Nucleus presented by Klim Churyumov; 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope in Space presented by Claude Nicollier; Design Features of High-Performance Turbopump Assemblies (Hydrogen Peroxide / Kerosene) for Spacecraft Upper Stages presented by Chang Hui; Problems of NEO Space Debris Fragments Deorbiting presented by A. Alpatov.
Claude Nicollier was awarded the IAA diplomas (Diploma of the IAA Corresponding Member and Diploma of the IAA Full Member) during the opening ceremony. Round-table discussions, business meetings and press conferences were held during the conference.
In order to encourage young people in Ukraine to be involved in space research, the second day of the conference was marked with the demonstration of two space suits, which have already travelled in space. The demonstration was organized by D. Hightower, the representative of A. Dula, the major sponsor of the conference.
Exceptionally interesting was the presentation of a moon ground specimen delivered by an American space expedition from the Moon.
The conference included 5 sessions.
133 papers were presented in total during the sessions.
The session coordinators selected 24 best reports for publishing in Space Technology. Rocketry collected papers.
The 6th International Conference «Space Technologies: Present and Future» was decided to be held in April 2017 in Dnepropetrovsk, considering appreciation of the conference by foreign scientists and, first of all, by the International Academy of Astronautics, as well as the beneficial effect on international cooperation development and promotion of scientific activities in the rocket and space technologies.