DTS attendee of the Astronautical Congress Every year in late September or in October, the International Academy of Astronautics organize one of the most important international meeting - the International Astronautical Congress. The first Congress was held in 1950, and today it is the most important annual event in the space industry with more than 3,000 participants from 60 countries. More than 1,800 works are annually presented within 160 scientific sessions during the whole week. The plenary sessions, lectures, burning news debates, a large number of related events, such as the Global Network Forum, the International Meeting of the Members of Parliament have turned Congress into an event of the year. This year the Congress will be held on September 23-27 in Beijing, which was chosen as the venue early in 2010. As a part of a peaceful exploration of technologies, the aerospace Ministry of China is aimed at strengthening global cooperation in the space sector.