“Human progress is in space exploration”
During the 12th of April, 2018, the fifth Space forum was held and organised by the South Australia Space Industry centre. This forum proved to be the biggest with the new venue room booked to capacity with standing room.
The line up was significant with individuals from US National Space Council, Defence Science Technology Group, Airbus, German Aerospace Center, UAE Space Agency and CNES.
The presentations were quite broad in the current space activity. Several space agencies were there to show their support for the Australian space agency but also extended themselves for collaboration opportunity. The UAE showed their great ambitions to reach for Mars with their Hope probe and then in 100 years the establishment of a Mars colony.
The start of the morning looked to focus on future space and our activity in space relating to defence. Protecting and risk mitigation of the world’s in-space infrastructure.
In the afternoon, there was presentations by the local South Australian space development companies and researchers. From the University of Adelaide, TJ or Associate Professor Tat-Jun Chin, with his display of deep learning implementation to object recognition demonstrated amazing navigational capabilities without GPS. Very big news was Southern Launch’s announcement that they were on the brink of establishing Australia’s first series of launch sites for use in polar orbits and all within South Australia.
The biggest takeaway for Space Ops was the fact that we caught up our partners ResearchSat and NextAero. We exchanged gifts and talked progress. Its a rare opportunity to catch up in person to talk to so many individuals within the local space community.