International Astronautical Federation

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The world's largest international space science organisation officially founded in 1951 at the Second International Astronautical Congress in London England.

Founding countries and their delegates included:

  • Argentina: Teofilo Tabanera - Sociedad Argentina Interplanetaria (SAI)
  • Austria: F. Hecht - Oesterreichische Gesellschaft für Weltraumforschung (OGfW)
  • France: Alexandre Ananoff - Groupement Astronautique Francais (GAF)
  • Germany:Gunter Loeser, Heinz Hermann Koelle, F.K. Jungklaas and A. Pullenberg - Gesellschaft für Weltraumforschung (GfW)
  • Italy:G.P. Casiraghi, G. Partel - Associazzioni Italiana Razzi (AIR)
  • Spain: Tomás Mur Vilaseca - Agrupacion Astronautica Española (AEA)
  • Sweden: Ake Hjertstrand - Svenska Interplanetariska Sällskapet (SIS)
  • Switzerland: J. Stemmer
  • UK: Arthur C. Clarke, Arthur Valentine Cleaver - British Interplanetary Society (BIS)
  • USA: Andrew, G. Haley, Frederick C. Durant - American Rocket Society (ARS), E.V. Sawyer - Chicago Rocket Society, Detroit Rocket Society, Reaction Research Society.

Provisional Founding Chairman was Eugen Sänger of Austria. Guest of honour at IAC London 1951 was Hermann Oberth.