Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain of the European Space Agency Addresses USRA’s Members During 40th Anniversary Symposium
In his remarks, Director General
With respect to the International Space Station program, Mr. Dordain remarked that the international cooperation established through his program is a strong asset that should form the nucleus upon which a global exploration program should be defined and developed. Mr. Dordain conceded that international cooperation is not always easy, “but it is even more difficult to succeed alone.” Success factors for international cooperation are: clearly defined projects, flexibility in project implementation (“cooperation has to be a facilitator, not a constraint”), clear governance, transparency among the partners, no exchange of funds, and good personal relationships.
Concluding his address, Mr. Dordain declared that “nothing is possible without people” and therefore, as important as international cooperation is the cooperation between successive generations and transmitting expertise to the young generation. Organizations like USRA are playing an essential role in this respect and Mr. Dordain extended his congratulations to USRA’s 40th anniversary. Referring to the network of space universities in
Commemorating USRA’s 40th anniversary, the symposium explored the roles of research universities in civil, commercial, national security, and international space. Other speakers included:
The Universities Space Research Association, established in 1969 by the National Academy of Sciences, is a private, nonprofit consortium of 104 universities offering advanced degrees in space- and aeronautics-related disciplines. USRA’s mission is to conduct leading-edge research, develop innovative technologies, promote education and policy across the breadth of space science, and operate premier science and technology facilities by involving universities, private industry and government. For additional information, visit USRA’s website: www.usra.edu.
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