South Australia is to hold the 19th Australian Space Research Conference later in the year, strengthening its position as the nation’s space state.
This annual conference is sponsored and organised by the National Committee for Space and Radio Science and the National Space Society of Australia, with the support of the Mars Society of Australia, and this year will include the South Australian Space Forum organised by the South Australian Space Industry Centre.
ASRC follows the 2017 International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which attracted more than 4,500 delegates and is regarded as a key driver in Adelaide being chosen to host the new Australian Space Agency (ASA).
Adelaide Convention Bureau chief executive Damien Kitto said Adelaide won ASRC after hosting event organisers at its Destination South Australia 2018 showcase.
He said this was one of many business events in the space and defence sectors that it would bring to SA.
“The legacies of these events, as was the legacy of the IAC, will continue to provide opportunities for innovation, investment and trade to South Australia,” Kitto said.
“With state government’s commitment and development of the Innovation Hub at Lot Fourteen, we look forward to promoting this exciting genre to the world as we have and will continue to do successfully within the health sciences arena off the back of the BioMed City development.”
The Adelaide Convention Centre is quite close to Lot Fourteen, site of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital, now being transformed into an innovation hub.
That’s the home of the Australian Space Agency and the new Mission Control Centre for Australian space activities. There will also be an educational Discovery Centre.
SA is also home to the new SmartSat CRC – the Cooperative Research Centre for Smart Satellite Technologies and Analytics – which was launched last month.
That’s the largest space industry research collaboration in Australian history and involves universities, research organisations and private industry.
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