The program, conducted by the University of South Australia in partnership with the International Space University, has been hosted in Adelaide for eight straight years, but this is the first time the event has been held since the city was announced as the home of the Australia's new National Space Agency.
The program is "designed for professionals involved in the international space sector, graduate researchers seeking broader knowledge of international space activities, and undergraduate students in the final two years of their studies seeking exposure to the various aspects of space studies".
“With a new Space Agency and the growth in interest in space in the community – especially among young people – there are opportunities for Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program alumni to create a critical mass of expertise in a variety of areas,” SHSSP co-director Dr Ady James said.
“The recent extension of the ISU and UniSA relationship agreement provides an opportunity to continue to expand this productive educational collaboration to support the wider space community.”
The program aims to cover a wide range of disciplines in space professions, including:
- space science and exploration;
- space applications and services;
- human spaceflight and life sciences;
- space systems engineering and technologies;
- space policy and economics;
- space business and project management; and
- space law and regulatory issues.
This year's participants come from Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, UAE and the US.
The program will see them design, build and launch rockets as part of a team, with altitudes of up to 900 metres "expected".
The teams will also launch a high-altitude balloon that carries a satellite payload, designed to simulate a small satellite mission.
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