The 14th Australian Space Research Conference (ASRC, formerly the Australian Space conference or ASSC), was held in Adelaide at the University of South Australia at the City-West campus. This will be the eighth ASRC jointly sponsored and organised by the National Committee for Space and Radio Science (NCSRS) and the National Space Society of Australia (NSSA), with the support of the Australian Space Research Institute (ASRI) and the Mars Society of Australia AMEC.
It is the first conference called ASRC, reflecting a change in emphasis to Space Research as a whole rather than Space Science in particular.
The ASRC is intended to be the primary annual meeting in Australia relating to space research, operations, and policy. Its scope includes fundamental and applied research, operational matters, technology, and use of space data and facilities, including:
- Space science, including space and atmospheric physics, Earth observation and remote sensing from/of space, planetary sciences, astrobiology and life sciences, space-based astronomy and astrophysics, and exoplanets.
- Space engineering and technology, including communications, navigation, space operations, space materials, propulsion, and spacecraft design, testing, and implementation.
- Space industry and business
- Space archaeology and indigenous sky knowledge
- Humanities and social aspects
- Use of space data, including EOS, GNSS, and communications
- Current and future Australian space projects
- Government, international relations and law
- Education and outreach, including a dedicated student session.
- Mars and Planetary Exploration
There was a number of special sessions not on specific research areas such as, (1) the national context, as seen by the Space Coordination Office, other Government entities, the Academy of Science, and others, including connections to national strategic roadmaps and funded Centres, (2) next steps beyond, and results from the expired Australian Space Research Program ,and (3) implementation of the 2010 – 2019 Decadal Plan for Australian Space Science and the Strategic Plan for Earth Observations from Space and GNSS.
Co-Chair, National Space Society of Australia
Co-Chair, University of Sydney
Conference ProgramThe post conference program is now available (12/10/14).
Public Talk The Mars Society Australia organised a public talk by Dr Penny King (ANU) scheduled about the Mars 'Curiosity' rover at 7:00 pm in the Alan Scott Auditorium (Hawke Building Level 2).
14ASRC ProceedingsThe conference proceedings is now available to download here
SPACEUP Adelaide 2014
SPACEUP was successfully held in Adelaide at the Flinders University City campus on September 28. More details may be found here.