The International Peace Alliance (Space), IPA, was registered and founded in Hongkong in October 2018. Its legal representative is Dr. Wang Tianyi, Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics. IPA is a non-governmental international organization co-chaired by seven of the most influential international space organizations, namely, the International Academy of Astronautics, International Astronautical Federation, International Institute of Space Law, Association of Space Explorers, International Space University, Space Foundation, Rice University’s Baker Institute’s International Space Medicine Summit. Members of IPA include space scientists, astronauts, and space medicine experts from China, US, Russia, Europe, and other countries. IPA aims to promote international collaboration and industrial development related to the peaceful use of space technologies. On the platform provided by the International Symposium on the Peaceful Use of Space Technology – Health (as known as the “IPSPACE”), IPA brings together space scientists, experts, scholars, astronauts, enterprise leaders from all over the world to collectively discuss the peaceful use of space technology, industrial development opportunities and challenges, and other topics and to explore paths of space technology transformation and solutions, to promote the development of the industries related to the peaceful use of space technologies around the world.
The IPA was conceived at the International Symposium on the Peaceful Use of Space Technology, the first IPSPACE series event, which was held in Wenchang, Hainan Province, China on January 28, 2018. Sponsored by China Space Foundation and supported by China National Development and Reform Commission, the Symposium gathered astronauts, space scientists, and space medicine experts from China, the U.S., Russia, and other countries. They reached a consensus and signed a MOU about the regularly convening of international events on the peaceful use of space and unanimously agreed to establish the IPA.
In November 2019, with IPA as one of the organizers, supported by the seven space organizations, the second IPSPACE series event: 2019 International Symposium on the Peaceful Use of Space Technology – Health took place. Since then, an organizing team was formed to prepare and organize annual IPSPACE events every November. In October 2020, the International Peace Alliance (Space) became an official member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).