APT Attends the 8th IAASS Conference

APT employees attend the Gala Dinner
held at Kennedy Space Center.

Several A-P-T Research, Inc., employees recently attended the 8th International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Conference in Melbourne, FL. The theme of the 8th IAASS Conference, “Safety First, Safety for All,” is reflective of a corporate principal of APT. The conference served as an opportunity for international participants to reflect and exchange information on a number of topics concerning space safety. APT was honored to present several papers at the conference. Ms. Leslie Alford presented a paper entitled, “Proposal for a Governing Space Safety Treaty Organization,” and Ms. Megan Stroud presented a paper entitled, “The Evolution of Continuing Education & Training for Safety & Mission Assurance Professionals.” Mr. Mark Raysich also co-authored a paper for the conference entitled, “You Can’t Reach for the Stars if You are Tripping Over the Ground! (Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls).” The two days prior to the conference, APT hosted a workshop for the IAASS Launch & Reentry Safety Technical Committee, which is chaired by APT President, Tom Pfitzer. For more information about the IAASS, please visit their website at http://iaass.space-safety.org/

8th IAASS Conference

APT will be hosting a Software System Safety Training Class 11-13 May, 2016, in conjunction with the 8th IAASS Conference. The 8th IAASS Conference, “Safety First, Safety for All,” is May 18-20 at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. The conference is the premiere international forum dedicated to the discussion of a wide variety of space safety topics.

Other course being offered include:

  • International Space Station Payload Design and Operation Safety
  • Space Debris
  • Launch Safety Analysis

For a complete list of courses, click here.

31st International System Safety Conference

APT is proud to have been a sponsor/exhibitor at the 31st International System Safety Conference, August 12-16, 2013. APT was represented by APT President, Tom Pfitzer; APT Vice President and System Safety Society Director of Publicity and Media, Saralyn Dwyer; and APT employees and Society Members, Melissa Emery and Tim Browning. Each year, the conference is hosted by one of the many chapters of the System Safety Society. This year’s conference was hosted in Boston, MA, with a theme of “Safety for the Long Run.” The conference serves as a symposium for safety practitioners to share ideas, present papers, attend tutorials and workshops, and also to socialize with fellow practitioners and enjoy the attractions of the host city. We look forward to future support and attendance of the International System Safety Conference in the coming years.

> Visit the website of the International System Safety Society.

APT President Makes Keynote Address at International Space Safety Conference

On May 21, 2013, Mr. Tom Pfitzer, APT President,  presented a keynote address at the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Conference.  Mr. Pfitzer dedicated his keynote address to Mr. Pat Clemens, his friend and professional colleague who passed away on May 11th.  The title of the address was, “What would Pascal think about Space Safety?”

Over 450 years ago, Blaise Pascal, the father of modern risk assessment, wrote extensively on the preferred methods, techniques, and approaches to assess risks.  The keynote address explored how these concepts and precepts apply today. The research supporting the paper was conducted by Mr. Pat Clemens and other APT employees. A complete version of the speech with associated sides can be found here (“What would Pascal think about Space Safety”).

The keynote address was one of several topics presented at the 6th Conference of the IAASS. This year, the conference was held in Montreal, Canada hosted by McGill University. For more information, see the IAASS web site and Space Safety Magazine.

AUVSI Conference

APT is proud to have been an exhibitor at the 2013 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Pathfinder Conference in Huntsville, AL, March 13 & 14. APT was represented by Rhonda Barnes, Jason Rupert, Jeff Richards, and Shawn Boykin.


APT attended and exhibited at the IEEE Conference, April 3-5, and at the AUVSI Pathfinder Conference, April 22-24, 2008.