A Who’s Who of the Australian space sector, including astronauts, rocket scientists and engineers, are converging in Adelaide for the Defence SA and the Space Industry Association of South Australia Space Forum.

Earth from space.

The Space Forum will also see the official launch of Australia’s first space action plan, the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy: (South Australia) Action Plan 2016-2020 – see below for further details on the plan.

Space Forum delegates include leading academics and educational providers, entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists, policy makers, consultants, postgraduate students and others with an interest in the space sector.

Attendees include former NASA astronaut, Adelaide-born Andy Thomas; Andrea Boyd, ISS Flight Systems Controller; European Space Agency and representatives of multinationals including Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Nova Systems. It’s the second event in a series that’s aimed at growing the South Australian space sector by encouraging growth and innovation.

Adelaide to host 68th International Astronautical Congress

The forum is a lead in event to the 68th International Astronautical Congress that is set to attract more than 3000 international and local delegates, including the world’s leading space agencies, to Adelaide in September 2017.

Space Industry Association of SA Chair Michael Davis said the successful bid to host the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide has already produced benefits for the Australian space sector.

“Perhaps the most significant to date is the way the South Australian Government has embraced the opportunities that hosting the world’s most diverse and prestigious space event presents” Mr Davis said.

“Rather than waiting to see what opportunities the Congress will produce, the South Australian Government, through Defence SA, is already implementing a plan for South Australia to become a leading hub in the national space economy.

“There is good reason to believe that over the next 20 years in Australia and South Australia we will witness the successful growth to maturity of the government/industry initiative which is only just beginning.”

Space Innovation and Growth Strategy Action Plan

The new Space Innovation and Growth Strategy (South Australia): Action Plan 2016-2020 provides for a three pillared government-led action plan that is designed to:

  • grow the South Australian economy through space activity
  • invigorate South Australia’s space innovation ecosystem and
  • engage international cooperation with leading global space players.

South Australia is leading the way in the growth and development of Australia’s space sector and is seeking to position the state as a vibrant hub for future space activity and industry development.