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Forthcoming Space Events

How to go from a satellite mission plan to a space business - a workshop with Dr Jason Held, CEO of Saber Astronautics
7.00 pm Monday 27 February 2017
Caulfield RSL, 4 St Georges Road, Elsternwick, Victoria
This month, we are breaking away from our usual meeting formula to bring you a truly fun, informative and interactive evening! Our guest speaker, Dr Jason Held of Saber Astronautics, will be a conducting a guided tour, and interactive workshop, using Saber's internationally renowned Predictive Ground Station Project (PIGI) software.
PIGI is a next-generation space mission control software that brings together the latest techniques in human factors, artificial intelligence, and dynamic 3D data visualization to make it easy for spacecraft operators to monitor, fly, and rapidly diagnose faults in spacecraft systems.
By special arrangement with Saber, attendees of the meeting will get a chance to use the software themselves!
So, what does PIGI do? Okay, so imagine you have spacecraft, a launch date, and a plan to grow. Now what? In this workshop you will learn how to use a bit of science and the PIGI to calculate the number of customers you can get for a mission. Changing orbits, ground terminal locations, and other space mission fundamentals can greatly affect how many customers you can get and what they can do. Jason will show us how to find out if the mission we plan generates income.
We will have a number of laptops available to use, so you can buddy up and get involved. And the winner gets a prize!

AIAA Networking Night with with FLTLT Jacques Le Roux
6.00 pm Monday 27 February 2017
Astor Hotel, 437 Pulteney Street Adelaide
The KC-30A has greatly enhanced the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) air-to-air refuelling (AAR) capability. In 2015, RAAF Air Mobility Group (AMG) aimed to expand their capacity to conduct boom refuelling. This called for an acceleration of the aerial refuelling officer (AROs or “boom operators”) training rate. With a limited amount of cleared boom receivers, RAAF AMG sought a KC-30A / C-17A clearance to increase the ability to conduct ARO training at RAAF Base Amberley. The KC-30A / C-17A AAR flight test campaign will be presented. AAR risks specific to C-17A will be discussed along with the process of integrated USAF / RAAF testing.
An overview of tests methodologies and sequences will be provided, closing with test results and lessons learned.
This is a chance to have a one-on-one discussion with FLTLT Jacques Le Roux and other
aerospace industry members. Finger food will be provided (drinks at own cost). Please also join us for dinner from 7:45pm (at own cost).

Avalon Airshow 2017
From Tuesday 28 February to Sunday 5 March 2017
Avalon Airport, Victoria
The thrust and grunt of the latest military heavy metal will take centre stage at AIRSHOW 2017.
The stars of the show will be state-of-the-art jet fighters, bombers and giant heavy lift leviathans from home and abroad.
See them so close you could almost touch them.
Shudder to the roar of their mighty jet turbines as they perform high octane routines and simulated combat manoeuvres.
Marvel as swarms of attack helicopters join in the fray.
AIRSHOW 2017 will feature the raw potency and power of modern military aviation.
It will deliver air power in action via a totally unforgettable series of flying displays.

2017 ACT Astronomy and Space Science Education Conference
9.00 am Saturday 4 March 2017
Giralang Primary School, ACT
Join us for an exciting day of professional development. The programme (currently under development) will include Australian Curriculum (Science) aligned sessions covering a range of astronomy and space science topics. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a session in Giralang Primary School's planetarium.

IEEE Aerospace Conference
From Saturday 4 March to Saturday 11 March 2017
Yellowstone Conference Center, Big Sky, Montana, USA
The international IEEE Aerospace Conference, with AIAA and PHM Society as technical cosponsors, is organized to promote interdisciplinary understanding of aerospace systems, their underlying science and technology, and their applications to government and commercial endeavors.
The annual, weeklong conference, is set in a stimulating and thought provoking environment. The 2017 conference will be the 38th.
Each year, a large number of presentations are given by professionals distinguished in their fields and by high-ranking members of the government and military.
The plenary sessions feature internationally prominent researchers working on frontiers of science and engineering that may significantly impact the world we live in. Registrants are briefed on cutting edge technologies emerging from and intersecting with their disciplines.

21st AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technology Conference (Hypersonics 2017)
From Monday 6 March to Thursday 9 March 2017
Science and Arts Center, University of Xiamen, China
Hypersonics is a multidisciplinary technical conference that brings together leading engineers, scientists, government and civil aviation officials, corporate entities and policy makers from all over the world to discuss the topics and issues about leading-edge research and development activities in the domains of space planes and hypersonic atmospheric flight vehicles and the technologies underpinning these capabilities.
In 2017, this conference will be hosted by the University of Xiamen in China.

Life on Mars - in conversation with Carmel Johnston and Josh Richards
6.00 pm Thursday 9 March 2017
City West Campus, University of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide
Ever wondered about life on Mars? In this unique in-conversation Carmel Johnston and Josh Richards provide a glimpse of how humans may live on the Red Planet in the not too distant future.

Carmel Johnston recently served as the Crew Commander of the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (Hi-SEAS 4). The Mission simulated a Mars mission, requiring herself and five other people to live in complete isolation for an entire year.

Josh Richards is Australia's Mars One Candidate. Selected from over 200,000 applicants, he's currently one of 100 astronaut candidates short-listed to leave Earth forever to colonise Mars in 2027.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre in arrangement with WOMADelaide festival’s Planet Talks Program.

From Monday 3 April to Thursday 6 April 2017
International Conference Centre, Sydney
The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). The proposed bringing together of ISDE10 in Sydney 2017 with Australia’s premier spatial conference, Locate 17, will provide both local and international guests with an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the latest trends and applications of the Digital Earth as well as forging new connections with subject matter experts from Australia and across the globe.

International Symposium on Digital Earth and Locate17
From Monday 3 April to Thursday 6 April 2017
International Conference Centre Sydney
Geospatial data’s enabling role in digital transformation will be on show at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April, combining one of the world’s most prestigious symposiums with Australia’s premier geospatial conference.
Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, chair of the Locate17 and Digital Earth Symposium Organising Committee, says attendees will come away with the knowledge to transform business practices in industries as diverse as agriculture, construction and medicine.
“Both government and the private sector will be able to identify opportunities based on what is happening around the world,” he says. “Geospatial data underpins many disruptive and innovative organisations. Without it, companies like Uber would not be in business.”
According to Dr Mohamed-Ghouse, who is also director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), the event comes as governments around Australia open up access to geospatial data to promote innovation.
Australia’s now freely available Geo-coded National Address File is used online to validate people’s addresses. The biggest Australian subscriber group for the Global Navigation Satellite System is not transport or surveyors, but the agricultural industry.
With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data.
The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy.
Some of the symposium’s highlights include:
• Susan Moran from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive Science Team presents a special session on remote sensing and applications of global soil moisture monitoring
• Trisha Moriarty, Geological Survey of NSW delivers a keynote on the application of open data policy in the Earth Sciences across government, scientific and industry
• Daniel Kruimel from AAM presents, ‘Singapore Smart Nation: Measuring from the ground up’
• David Wortley, Gamification and Enabling Technologies Strategic Solutions, delivers, ‘The role of Digital Earth technologies in digital medicine’.


ACSER Cubesat Innovation Workshop
From Wednesday 19 April to Thursday 20 April 2017
UNSW Kensington Campus, Sydney
A lot has happened since we ran our last Cubesat event in 2015, including the completion of the first 3 Australian-built satellites in 15 years! We'll be lining up speakers from current missions, industry, academia and we'll have a strong focus on start-ups and student innovation, so mark the date in your calendar!

5th Manfred Lachs International Conference on Global Space Governance and the UN 2030 Agenda (for Sustainable Development Goals)
From Friday 5 May to Saturday 6 May 2017
Montreal, Cananda
The 2017 Manfred Lachs Conference (MLC17) will be hosted by McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from 5-6 May 2017 in order to address: What are the governance mechanisms related to global outer space activities that ought to be adopted to facilitate achieving the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals?

2017 Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017)
From Tuesday 6 June to Thursday 8 June 2017
Beijing, China
GLEX 2017 is designed to share the programmatic, technical and policy information, as well as collaborative solutions, challenges, lessons learnt, and paths forward among all nations with the desire to explore space, and to envision the future of space exploration on a global scale.

Conference on International Aviation Law and Insurance
From Saturday 17 June to Sunday 18 June 2017
Montreal, Canada

URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium
From Saturday 19 August to Sunday 27 August 2017
Montreal, Canada
For the thirty-second time since the inception of URSI, Radio Scientists from across the world will get together for the URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium. This triennial gathering will take place from 19th to 26th of August 2017, in Montreal, Canada. This conference is a unique opportunity to learn about recent advances in all fields of Radio Science, as covered by all ten URSI Commissions.

68th International Astronautical Congress
From Monday 25 September to Friday 29 September 2017
Adelaide, Australia
The World's Premier Space Event

APSCC 2017 Satellite Conference and Exhibition
From Tuesday 10 October to Thursday 12 October 2017
Intercontinental Tokyo Bay, Tokyo

Global Aerospace Summit 2018
From Tuesday 27 February to Wednesday 28 February 2018
Abu Dhabi, UAE
An invitation only gathering, the Global Aerospace Summit is the most significant international forum for the true decision makers making up the executive level of the global aerospace, aviation, defence and space sectors. They are the drivers of corporate, government and military strategy, and the forward thinkers shaping the future of their industries. They come together to find, and to invest in, solutions for the critical challenges impacting their businesses today. The Summit examines how new ways of building aircraft, launch systems and satellites will impact cost and capabilities. The cross sector makeup of decision makers present makes it a fertile ground for sharing innovations in business and financing strategies that will enable the capture of greater market share. In the leading edge technology discussions these leaders will formulate a response to the impact of disruptive technologies, and identify the truly transformative applications that will revolutionise aerospace.