Aussie space company chief joins team for Asia-Pacific space conference

Aussie space company chief joins team for Asia-Pacific space conference

Max Blenkin

Australian space company operator Dr William Crowe has been tapped as the only Australian to be a part of the organising team for this year’s Asia-Pacific Space Generation Workshop.

That workshop is a side event at the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF), to be held in Nagoya, Japan at the end of November.

This will be the second year that event has been attended by the new Australian Space Agency.

Dr Crowe, chief executive of Sydney-based High Earth Orbit Robotics, is a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), which hosts the side event.

SGAC is a multinational organisation of young space professionals and students that supports the United Nations Program on Space Applications. Past Australian members have gone on to make their marks in international organisations, including at NASA, ESA and Planet.

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APRSAF was established in 1993 to enhance space activities in the Asia-Pacific region.

This is the largest space-related conference in the Asia-Pacific region and members include national space agencies, government bodies, international organisations, private companies, universities and research institutes from more than 40 countries and regions.

 

APRSAF now organises four working groups, in space applications, space technology, space environment use and space education, to share information about the activities and future plans of each country and region in these areas.

Dr Crowe said he would love to see more of these internationally connected young professionals in SGAC stay or return to Australia and support the local space industry.

“This network has been a great way to supercharge Australian space careers internationally, leading Australians to found unicorn space companies, work at NASA and MIT or even operate the International Space Station,” he said.

"I'd like to encourage people to join the Space Generation Advisory Council, make those international connections and then use their new skills and connections to build the Australian space industry, rather than exporting our talents."

SGAC membership is open and free for all space industry students and young professionals aged 18-35.

High Earth Orbit Robotics is a space start-up specialising in building CubeSats to provide space situational awareness of space junk, damaged satellites and even asteroids from high-Earth orbit.

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