21 February 2017
SIAA RELEASES ACIL ALLEN REPORT ON SBAS FOR AUSTRALIA
In 2016 the Space Industry Association of Australia commissioned ACIL Allen Consulting to undertake a high level review of applications that utilise Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) in other countries, and to consider the potential benefits of deploying SBAS in Australia.
The report entitled 'SBAS and Australia – Potential Applications of an SBAS in Australia' has now been received. It includes a review of its utility and application in multiple Australian sectors - aviation, transport and logistics (including rail), maritime, agriculture and surveying, mapping and location based services. A copy of the report is available here
The report makes the following findings:
Sufficient information is now available to support an updated and comprehensive review of SBAS and a cost/benefit evaluation for Australia.
Any benefit/cost assessment of the application of an SBAS should be undertaken across a portfolio of applications rather than examining an application in one sector alone.
Aviation, transport and agriculture are the most likely industry sectors to benefit.
Safety is also an area that is critical to these sectors and should be taken into account in any future evaluation.
The SIAA welcomes the recent Australian Government announcement to fund a project to assess and test SBAS’s potential to meet Australia’s positioning needs. Such activities are well aligned with the report’s recommendations.
For further information, please contact:
Michael Davis, Chair, SIAA – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Kasparian, Deputy Chair, SIAA – Email: email@example.com
19 February 2017
SIAA CHAIR INTERVIEWED ON THE NEW SPACE RACE
SIAA Chair Michael Davis was interviewed on ABC Radio's Sunday Extra Program on the new space race. To listen to the audio, click here
17 February 2017
SCIENCE AND INNOVATION TREATY WITH NEW ZEALAND INCLUDES SPACE
The Australian Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, and the New Zealand Minister for Economic Development, Transport and Communications, Simon Bridges, today signed a treaty-level Science, Research and Innovation Cooperation Agreement at the Australia New Zealand Leaders' Meeting in Queenstown. The Agreement includes the ten year Square Kilometre Array project and a New Zealand contribution to the recently announced Australian Government Space Based Augmentation System trial. To read the Ministerial announcement click here
13 February 2017
PROF SIMON DRIVER ON 'WHY IT'S TIME FOR AUSTRALIA TO LAUNCH ITS OWN SPACE AGENCY'
To read Prof Simon Driver's latest article in The Conversation, click here
13 February 2017
SIAA MEMBER LOCKHEED MARTIN HAS JOINED WITH INMARSAT AND GMV IN GEOSCIENCE AUSTRALIA'S EXPERIMENTAL SBAS PROJECT
For more details click here
27 January 2017
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OUTER SPACE TREATY
On 27 January 1967 the Outer Space Treaty was signed by an original 62 countries, including Australia.
Fifty years later, 104 States are parties to the Outer Space Treaty. These include all the major space powers. States that merely use or benefit from space technologies and capabilities have also signed the treaty in order to avail themselves of its rights. It has recently been written that "a study in successful treaty-making within the UN system, and especially against the backdrop of Cold War geopolitics, the Outer Space Treaty is an excellent example of skilled diplomacy and negotiation for mutual benefit and for a peaceful outcome" - see http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3155/1
The program for International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide in September includes a young scholars session on the topic how the Outer Space Treaty, were it drafted today, would seek to regulate outer space activities as they are to develop further. Deadline for abstracts is 28 February - see http://www.iac2017.org
The International Institute of Space Law is also conducting a Highlight Paper competition on the topic 'The Outer Space Treaty 1967 - 2017', The deadline is 1 March 2017, see http://iislweb.org/?p=1137
19 December 2016
SABER ASTRONAUTICS GAINS SPACE CERTIFICATION FROM THE SPACE FOUNDATION
Leading Australian space startup, Saber Astronautics, has received Certified Space Technology status from the Space Foundation for its innovative operations software. The software, called the Predictive Ground Station Project (a.k.a., "PIGI"), uses video game technology to enable people to create their own missions and operate large numbers of satellites with very little training.
For more details click here
14 December 2016
OUR FUTURE IS IN RUINS: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF SPACE, SATELLITES AND ORBITAL JUNK
SIAA Advisory Council member, Dr Alice Gorman, is quoted in an ABC on-line story as saying "The problem isn't the technology, the problem is the anti-satellite weaponry. No one wants a major international incident because of that, and there there's no international agreement that makes people feel safe enough for that to happen."
To read the full story click here
13 December 2016
ANTARCTICA MAY HOLD THE KEY TO REGULATING MINING IN SPACE
In an article in The Conversation, Prof Juan Francisco Salazar of Western Sydney University points out that outer space and Antarctica have some uncanny similarities and that both spaces are contested political frontiers. He argues that a normative framework is still needed that can oversee space mineral resources exploration and exploitation and that Antarctica provides a model to keep in consideration.
To read the full story click here
24 November 2016
ACT GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN SPACE AND SECURITY RESEARCH
The ACT Government has awarded UNSW Canberra $750,000 to create a world-class Space Mission Design Facility and to jointly develop a ground station for quantum encrypted satellite communication. For more details click here
16 November 2016
CENTRE TO DEVELOP SATELLITES IN NEW ZEALAND RECEIVES GOVERNMENT FUNDING
New Zealand Minister for Science and Innovation Steven Joyce has announced a grant of up to $14.7million over four years for a Centre for Space Science Technology to develop New Zealand's first satellites. To read the full story click here
13 November 2016
ANDY THOMAS ON THE BENEFITS OF IAC2017
In an article in Adelaide Now, former NASA astronaut, Dr Andy Thomas, praises the efforts to bring Australian space capablity to the attention of the international space community through the hosting of the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide in September 2017 and describes changes in the role of the private sector in national space programs. Mention is also made of the South Australian Government's strategic plan to attract space-based industries and innovators to SA in an attempt to amass a skills base and generate employment opportunities.
To read the report click here
12 November 2016
BOLDLY EXPLORING THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES OF SPACE
Space was described as 'a frontier of interest, imagination ... and money' in a report in The Wire on the Space Industry Development Forum hosted by Defence SA and the Space Industry Association of Australia in Adelaide on 10 November 2016. To hear the audio interviews, click here
10 November 2016
SIAA COLLABORATES WITH LOCKHEED MARTIN AND DEFENCE SA IN SPACE INDUSTRY FORUMS
Well attended Space Industry Forums co-hosted by the SIAA were held on consecutive days in November 2016.
On 9 November a very successful Space Industry Leaders Forum was held at Old Parliament House in Canberra hosted by Lockheed Martin Australia in collaboration with the SIAA. Keynote speakers were Prof Michael Frater, Rector of the Canberra campus of the University of New South Wales and Dr Tim Parsons, founder of the Delta V space incubator in Sydney. To read the media release, click here.
The next day 140 industry and government leaders attended an Industry Development Forum in Adelaide hosted by SIAA member Defence SA in collaboration with the SIAA. The SA Government media announcement 'South Australia eyes exciting opportunities in space' can be viewed
9 November 2016
AUSTRALIA SECURES COSPAR 2020 FOR SYDNEY
Sydney will host the Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), which will be only the second time the prestigious conference has been hosted in the Southern Hemisphere since 1974. To read the Science Minister's announcement click here
20 October 2016
DEFENCE SATELLITE RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED
Australian Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne has announced that Defence has commenced a research program using miniature satellites in support of Defence radar capabilities and to conduct scientific experiments.
For further details, click here
18 October 2016
LAUNCHING AUSTRALIA BACK INTO ORBIT
The ABC's Catalyst program today did a feature on the imminent launch of three Australian built cubesats. This was described as 'a golden opportunity to develop a homegrown space industry that can launch Australia back into orbit.' To read the transcript or view the video story click here
1 October 2016
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR IAC2017 IN ADELAIDE NOW OPEN
The Closing Ceremony at IAC2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico on 30 September included the signing of the contract between the IAF and the SIAA for IAC2017 in Adelaide and the handing over of the IAF flag. The Call for Papers for the 2017 Congress in Adelaide can be downloaded here
23 September 2016
INNOVATION IN OUTER SPACE AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUSTRALIA
Australia's space industry needs to catch up with the rest of the world. Andrea Boyd, Flight Operations Engineer from the International Space Station in Germany, explained why at the recent Global Access Partners 7th Annual Economic Summit in Sydney. To read the full speech click here
21 September 2016
MAJOR SPEECH BY NEW MINISTER OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE
In his first major statement on innovation and science, the new Minister, Greg Hunt, stated that the Government's National Innovation Strategy Agenda is built around four principles: building our science culture and capital, strengthening collaboration, encouraging science and innovation talent, and Government leading as an exemplar.
To read the full speech click here
20 September 2016
'WE NEED CLEAR RULES TO AVOID A REAL STAR WARS IN OUTER SPACE' - THE CONVERSATION
Australian academics, Prof Steven Freeland and Assoc Prof Dale Stephens, have a leading role in the three-year research project that will culminate in a Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space.
6 September 2016
SIAA TRADE DELEGATION TO BANGALORE SPACE EXPO RETURNS
An SIAA trade delegation comprising Dr Alice Gorman from Flinders University, Mr Bill Barrett from Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants, Mr Nick Moretti from Inovor and Mr Rob Debelle from Debelle Media Services attended India’s biggest space industry event - the Bangalore Space Expo and Conference from 1 to 3 September 2016. The delegation’s program was arranged and strongly supported by the Australian Consulate in Chennai.
Reports from the participants were that the Australian presence made a strong impact on the Indian space community and many delegates expressed surprise at and interest in the breadth and depth of Australian capability presented at the event.
Following his conference presentation on the recent APAC report on Australian space capability, Bill Barrett reported that "the presentation seemed to go down very well. At the end I was presented with a gift from Mr Rakesh Sasibhushan, Chairman cum Managing Director of Antrix. The Australian delegation had been able to meet with him on Thursday and I had also had the opportunity to speak with him at a small satellite workshop and on Saturday before my talk. As he presented me with the gift after the presentation he said that he had no idea that Australia had such strong capabilities in space and that my presentation had made him realise that Antrix/ISRO should really take a much more serious look at Australia in terms of space."
The delegation received extensive media coverage in India, thanks largely to the presence of the world's best known space archaeologist, Dr Alice Gorman of Flinders University. On returning from Bangalore she said "One of the most valuable aspects of attending the Bengaluru Space Expo was understanding the breadth of Indian space industry and getting a feel for how the region operates. There was so much interest and goodwill towards Australia, and I’m excited by the possibilities of future collaboration."
Indian Media news stories:
31 August 2016
US AMBASSADOR LAUDS AUSTRALIA'S ROLE IN SPACE EXPORATION
In an address to the National Press Club on 31 August, departing US Ambassador, John Berry, made a special point of praising Australia's contribution to deep space exploration through the deep space tracking facility at Tidbinbilla and said 'I mention space exploration because it is one of the many areas where U.S.-Australia cooperation has changed the world. We would have never seen Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon without Australia's space communications capability. Space exploration is also a shining example of what humankind is capable of. It is innovation at its finest.'
He also said:
'Outer space. I mentioned it once already, and I can talk about our joint exploration of the cosmos all day if given the opportunity. The key point is, it's not ancient history. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Ed Kruzens from the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Deep Space Network. The satellite dishes they inaugurated that day at Tidbinbilla make today's deep space missions possible. Since 2014, NASA has invested over $100 million U.S. dollars in upgrades to the Tidbinbilla complex, and the newest satellite dish will come online later this year.
Why? Within just the last three years, Australia was the vital communication link that enabled us to land a rover on Mars. The world has Australia to thank for the breathtaking pictures of Pluto sent back by New Horizons, as well as helping Juno safely enter orbit around Jupiter - a miracle of engineering and technology. And, cooperation between Australian and American astronauts and scientists is essential to the greatest human endeavor of this century: the human Mission to Mars. When we go to Mars - and we will - all communications will be managed right here at Tidbinbilla!
Australia's role in outer space exploration is incredible and is one of the facets of our relationship I hope more people know about and are rightfully proud of.'
To read the full speech click here
18 August 2016
ARTICLE IN THE CITIZEN: 'IS IT TIME FOR AUSTRALIA TO REJOIN THE SPACE RACE?'
To read the full story click here
17 August 2016
THREE AUSTRALIAN CUBESATS TO BE LAUNCHED FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IN JANUARY
To read the full story clickhere
16 August 2016
ACADEMIC OPPORTUITIES IN AEROSPACE AT SYDNEY UNIVERSITY
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3 August 2016
LOCKHEED MARTIN TO OPEN $13 MILLION RESEARCH LAB IN MELBOURNE
SIAA member Lockheed Martin will invest an initial $13 million over three years to establish a Science Technology Engineering Leadership and Research Laboratory (STELaR Lab) in Melbourne. This will be the first leading edge multi-disciplinary facility to be established by Lockheed Martin outside of the United States, and will constitute Lockheed Martin's national R&D operations centre for its current research portfolio in Australia, and additional internal R&D programs will be undertaken. Scheduled to open in early 2017, STELaR Lab researchers will explore several fields, including hypersonics, autonomy, robotics and command, control, communications, computing, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
In welcoming the announcement, the SIAA acknowledges Lockheed Martin's ongoing and growing investment in the Australian economy which involves an expanding workforce in Australia and builds upon previous initiatives, including its anchor sponsorship of IAC2107. This investment will greatly assist the government's efforts to create an environment that encourages and rewards advancement in innovation, particularly in Australian space science and technology.
To read the full announcement click here
2 August 2016
SIAA OBTAINS NATIONAL CORPORATE REGISTRATION
On 29 July, Space Industry Association of Australia Limited was registered under the Commonwealth Corporations Act as a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee. This marks the end of a lengthy constitutional review process and a number of legal steps which were successfully accomplished. The Association is now on a solid legal footing to undertake the complex task of hosting the International Astronautical Congress in 2017. The registered office of the national company is at the premises of Nova Systems in Adelaide.
The seven member Board elected following the Special General Meeting on 2nd May 2016 has taken office and the office holders for 2016/17 have been appointed. The Board comprises:
Chair - Michael Davis
Deputy Chair - Jeff Kasparian
Deputy Chair - Naomi Mathers
Treasurer - David Ball
Secretary - Peter Nikoloff
Board member - Chris Schacht
Board member - Rod Drury
The Board will be ably assisted by our Executive Officer, Tracie Rogers, of Nova Systems.
30 July 2016
AUSTRALIAN-BUILT CUBESAT TO BE LAUNCHED
For an ABC News report on the forthcoming launch of a QB50 cubesat built by a team from Adelaide University and the University of South Australia click here
28 July 2016
COST OF SPACE LAUNCHES TO FALL BY 90 PER CENT IN FIVE YEARS
According to a recent article in the Australian accountancy magazine, INTHEBLACK:
- global satellite industry revenues grew from US$89 billion in 2005 to US$203 billion in 2014
- in 2015, space launches cost 11 times less than five years earlier
- Goldman Sachs forecasts they will fall by another 90 per cent in the next five years
- more venture capital, US$1.8 billion, was invested in space in 2015 than in all the previous 15 years combined.
To read the full article, click here
21 July 2016
$200,000 SPACE SCHOOL TO BE BUILT IN ADELAIDE
The South Australian Government has announced the construction of a space education facility at Hamilton High School in Adelaide as part of a STEM teaching initiative.
For more details click here
21 July 2016
FRANCE-AUSTRALIA SPACE COOPERATION: CNES AND CSIRO SIGN SPACE BALLOONING AGREEMENT
The French Space Agency (CNES) and Australia's Commonwealth Government Research Agency (CSIRO) have signed a collaborative agreement to launch space balloons in the southern hemisphere.
For more details click here
18 July 2016
'A STRATEGY FOR AUSTRALIA IN SPACE'
In an article entitled 'A Strategy for Australia in Space' Australian Strategic Policy Institute analyst, Malcolm Davis, argues that a 'steady state' approach minimises risk and cost, but doesn't necessarily encourage a lucrative commercial space sector within Australia, and risks Australia falling further behind in a booming global market. 'If government values innovation, it should review current policy settings on space, and consider future steps.'
To read the full article click here
11 July 2016
AN INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON OF SPACE HISTORY, POLICY AND INDUSTRIAL CAPABILITY
A report entitled 'An International Comparison of Space History, Policy and Industrial Capability' prepared by Gabriele Lania, an international student from Bocconi University in Milan, while doing an internship at the space office of SIAA member, Defence SA, has just been published.
To download the report, click, here
1 July 2016
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SPACE CAPABILITY DIRECTORY LAUNCHED
A new initiative, the South Australian Space Capability Directory 2016, has been launched by SIAA member, Defence SA. The Directory contains information about the expertise and capabilities of 19 companies, four private consultancies, five universities and four government agencies with a presence in South Australia. In a foreword, the SA Premier, Jay Weatherill, says that this is the first publication of its kind in Australia and that 'through space activity in South Australia, we intend to continue to amass a high-end skills base and world class competency, and to foster technological advancement, job and industry growth, and the rise of even more start-ups.'
The directory can be downloaded here
29 June 2016
'THE FUTURE OF ARCHEOLOGY IS SPACE JUNK'
Space Archeologist and SIAA Deputy Chair Dr Alice Gorman was recently quoted in an article in The Atlantic on space archaeology.
To read the article click here
28 June 2016
ACSER CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION ON A NATIONAL SPACE PROGRAM FOR AUSTRALIA
In an article in The Conversation, ACSER Director, Prof Andrew Dempster has drawn attention to the lack of debate during the current election on a national space policy for Australia and has compared Australia with other OECD countries, including New Zealand, where a decision has recently been taken to establish a national space agency.
To read the article, click here
27 June 2016
A$297 CONTRACT TO UPGRADE WOOMERA TEST RANGE ANNOUNCED
The Australian Prime Minister has announced a $297 million contract for Raytheon to remediate, upgrade and provide ongoing support for the Woomera test range site in SA.
Raytheon managing director Michael Ward said it would be the largest testing range in the world.
"By partnering with the Australian Defence Force, we aim to deliver the world's most modern and advanced military test range," he said.
He said it would unlock the economic potential of the area and create new jobs.
The Woomera Test Range System will support current and future range operations involving complex, networked, weapon and electronic warfare systems.
22 June 2016
SIAA INTRODUCES LUNCHTIME TELEFORUMS
The SIAA is introducing this year is a series of lunchtime tele-forums on topics of importance to our members.
The first of these will be held from 1.00 - 2.00 pm Eastern time (12.30 – 1.30 pm Adelaide time) on Wednesday 29 June 2016 entitled 'Transformation of Global Space Activity in the 21st Century and Australian Space Capabilities'.
During 2015 Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants (APAC) was commissioned by the Space Coordination Office (SCO) of the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to conduct a study of Australian Space Capabilities within corporate Australia. The study confirmed that Australian companies have the relevant capabilities and some have world class skills to participate in the rapidly growing global space economy and that a number of Australian firms are already actively involved in international markets.
As a special event for SIAA members only, the two authors of the report, APAC Principals and SIAA Executive Council Members Bill Barrett and Kirby Ikin, will give a presentation on the report covering
- the dramatic growth of the space industry in the last 15 years
- the demographics and scope of the Australian space industry including its size in terms of revenue and staff
- a breakdown of the key Australian capabilities including satcoms, earth observation and position, navigation and timing services and
- an overview of the industries served by Australian space services.
Following the presentation members will have the opportunity to ask the authors questions about the findings of the report and to join a discussion about the study and the capabilities of the Australian space industry.
Members can register for this event here.
19 June 2016
WOOMERA 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IN 2017
The 70th Anniversary Reunion will be held at Woomera over the Easter long weekend of 2017 (14 to 17 April 2017).
The Woomera Board and Woomera Community Welfare Association (supported by No.20 (Woomera) Squadron, Headquarters, RAAF Air Warfare Centre and Defence Estate & Infrastructure Group (Central & West)), are coordinating the 70th Anniversary Reunion Event.
For more information click here
18 June 2016
CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY PUBLISHES COMPREHENSIVE SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF THE CANADIAN SPACE SECTOR
15 June 2016
NT GOVERNMENT HAS PLANS TO BRING SEA LAUNCH TO AUSTRALIA
14 June 2016
NEW ZEALAND ANNOUNCES NEW SPACE AGENCY
The New Zealand Government has announced the development of a new regulatory regime for space and high altitude activities and the establishment of a national space agency.
This includes the formation of a New Zealand Space Agency within the Ministry of Innovation Business and Employment. According to the announcement "It will ensure the development of a peaceful, safe, responsible and secure space industry that meets New Zealand's international obligations."
The space and high altitude regulatory regime will include a new law - The Outer Space and High Altitude Activities Bill which is scheduled to be introduced into Parliament in August 2016, a treaty with the United States - the Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA) and Accession to the United Nations Registration Convention on Registration, both of which are currently undergoing Parliamentary treaty examination.
To read the full announcement, click here
14 June 2016
CUBESAT SATELLITE TESTING TAKES OFF AT MOUNT STROMLO
See also http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-14/australian-mini-satellites-undergo-space-testing-before-launch/7509888
12 June 2016
SKY AND SPACE GLOBAL LISTS ON ASX
27 May 2016
PREMIER SEES BRIGHT FUTURE FOR SPACE INDUSTRY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The SIAA/Defence SA Space Industry Forum held in Adelaide on 27 May was attended by over 100 industry, government and university representatives.
Opening the forum, the SA Premier, Jay Weatherill, said South Australia had "the brains, the infrastructure and the technical expertise to become an increasingly prominent player in the global space industry. This major event will enable South Australian companies, research centres and universities to build international relationships. The space industry is growing at an incredibly rapid rate and we are committed to maximising job opportunities for South Australia and continuing on our path towards a high tech future."
He added that his support for the SIAA bid to host the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide went back to his time as Minister of Education. He reiterated the SA Government's strong support for the Congress and wished the organisers great success.
The Defence SA Chief Executive, Andy Keough, said "If the vision that we aspire to in SA is a clear one, I'd love to see the day when my children and the children of others who are bright enough, keen enough, engaged and excited by this industry, can actually see that there are opportunities for them in SA and more broadly in Australia rather than having to run off to NASA. A real test of our strategy will be to make sure that the event is not a big flash before we go through another decade of doing nothing; but is another stepping stone up to promote the opportunities within South Australia."
The forum also heard from Stuart Lindley of BAe Systems, Peter Nikoloff of Nova Systems and Dr Alex Grant of Myriota. Each outlined their current activities and plans for global projects using locally generated intellectual property and enabled by satellite technologies.
25 May 2016
SA PREMIER TO OPEN SPACE INDUSTRY FORUM IN ADELAIDE
The South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, will open a Space Industry Forum on Friday 27 May jointly organised by Defence SA and the Space Industry Association of Australia. The event will highlight opportunities for Australian industry to leverage the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC2017) to be held in Adelaide from 25-29 September 2017.
The strong support of the South Australian Government was a key factor in the SIAA’s successful bid to host IAC2017, the world’s biggest and most prestigious space event in Adelaide. The Premier will reinforce the unique benefits that hosting the congress will generate for the South Australian community. He will also refer to South Australia’s emerging potential as a leading centre of the nation’s space R&D and entrepreneurship activities.
The Forum will include presentations from established and emerging private sector organisations involved in space-related projects and based in South Australia. It will highlight South Australia’s track record and speakers will also emphasise the importance of developing Australia’s space capabilities as a key element of the national science and innovation agenda. They will also explain the role of IAC2017 in stimulating the national space sector by exposing Australia’s space science and technological expertise to an influential world audience.
Speakers at the forum will include:
•Mr Andy Keough CSC, Chief Executive, Defence SA
•Mr Michael Davis, Chair, Space Industry Association of Australia
•Mr Brett Biddington AM, Chief Executive, IAC2017
•Mr Rod Drury, Lockheed Martin
•Dr Alex Grant, Myriota Pty Ltd
•Mr Stuart Lindley, BAe Systems
•Mr Peter Nikoloff, Nova Systems
For more information or interviews, contact:
Michael Davis, SIAA - 0419 170251
Brett Biddington, IAC2017 - 0401 890368
20 May 2016
HYPERSONIC TEST FLIGHT A SUCCESS IN AUSSIE OUTBACK
13 May 2016
SUPPLEMENTARY SUBMISSION TO THE SPACE ACTIVITIES ACT REVIEW
The SIAA has released a Supplementary Submission to the Space Activities Act Review which includes a statistical analysis of the probable cost to the Australian Government of waiving the insurance/financial requirement for overseas launch certificates under the existing legislation in appropriate cases.
To read the Supplementary Submission, click here.
To read the main submission, click here.
4 May 2016
GREEN PAPER ON 2016/17 COMMONWEALTH BUDGET
The SIAA has released its annual Green Paper setting out the impact of Commonwealth Budget announcements on the civil space sector in Australia. To read the Green Paper - click here
2 May 2016
NEW SIAA CONSTITUTION TO BE CONSIDERED BY MEMBERS
The SIAA Executive Council has decided that it is an appropriate time to transition the Association to national incorporation as a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act (Commonwealth). At the same time the governance structure of the association has been reviewed and the Executive Council has recommended a governing board of seven elected member representatives and a 15 person Advisory Council. The new constitution and structure are designed to support the growth and increasing scale of the Association's activities, as well as the national character of the Association.
The new Constitution will be considered for adoption by SIAA members at a Special General Meeting to be convened at 5 pm on Thursday 26 May at the Adelaide Convention Centre. To read the proposed Constitution and associated documents click here
Comments and questions should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
30 April 2016
SIAA MAKES IMPORTANT SUBMISSION TO THE SPACE ACTIVITIES ACT REVIEW
A comprehensive submission outlining the SIAA's position on a range of issues related to the future of Australia's space endeavours was today sent to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The SIAA congratulated the Government on this initiative and acknowledged that innovation in space technologies should be a key goal in the development of a national vision for the Australian space sector. The submission stressed that it is important for Australia to maintain the Space Activities Act licensing regime but argued that the administrative and financial burdens on Australian organisations should be proportionate to the scale and cost of the launch or satellite activity to be licensed. Particular attention was paid to possible reforms of the Overseas Launch Certificate rules, which is a matter of current concern to a number of new industry entrants.
To download and read the full submission click here
7 April 2016
PUBLICATION OF APAC REPORT ON AUSTRALIAN SPACE CAPABILITIES
The latest report commissioned by the Australian Government on Australian space capabilities entitled ‘A selective review of Australian space capabilities: Growth Opportunities in Global Supply Chains and Space Enabled Services’ authored by SIAA member Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants has just been published.
The 111 page report can be downloaded here
We will be carefully studying the report and will keep members informed of all discussions and developments arising out of the report.