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Avalon ‘19 to host Space Industry Conference

Avalon ‘19 to host Space Industry Conference
Avalon '19 will host Space Industry Association Industry Conference (Source supplied)

Avalon 2019 and the Space Industry Association of Australia have joined forces to launch the inaugural Australian Space Industry Conference, to be held on 25 and 26 February 2019.

Join space industry, research and development and government speakers presenting on issues for the space industry and the space-enabled industries it will support, focusing on opportunities for business development.

Avalon 2019 head of exhibitor participation, Chris Macfarlane said, "With the creation of the Australian Space Agency and a new focus on the industry, this conference will provide an insight in to how Australian innovators can get involved in a market that was worth $434 billion worldwide in 2016 and is growing at around 13.7 per cent per year."

The Space Industry Association Industry Conference will cover topics including:

  • Australia's Space Agency;
  • Capability, projects, activities;
  • Space launch developments;
  • Earth observation and surveillance; 
  • Space-based services; and
  • Space traffic management. 

Day one of the conference will be a plenary session in a Melbourne city venue, with day two conference sessions to be held at the Avalon 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition at Avalon Airport.

Avalon 2019 will include a dedicated Space Industry Precinct within the exhibition hall, providing a showcase for space-related business and a focal point for industry, start-ups, academia and research organisations.

"Australian companies have been active in the space field for decades and we are acknowledged experts in propulsion, communications and nanosatellites," Macfarlane said.

Australia has a proud pedigree supporting the global space industry, including: 

  • Third country after the US and USSR to launch a satellite from its own soil (WRESAT 1967);
  • Deep space communication and tracking for NASA Apollo missions in the 1960s; and
  • Woomera Test Range rocket test and hypersonic flight research. 

Australian organisations now provide many components and subsystems for US and European space programs. The Australian space industry is an acknowledged pioneer in fields such as:

  • Plasma thrusters; 
  • Satellite communications;
  • Hypersonic flight;
  • CubeSat development; and 
  • In-orbit testing. 

The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition is a global business event, hosting multiple concurrent conferences and expo streams across the spectrum of defence, airlines, business and general aviation, sport and recreational aviation, airports, MRO, space, unmanned systems, air safety and ground equipment.

Avalon 2019 is supported by the Royal Australian Air Force, Airservices Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, the Defence Science and Technology Group, and the Departments of Industry, Innovation and Science and of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.

More information about the Space Industry Association Industry Conference is available here

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