Canberra, September 29 - October 1, 2015
The 15th Australian Space Research Conference (ASRC, formerly the Australian Space conference or ASSC), was held in Canberra at the UNSW Campus located within the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). This was the ninth 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 was the second 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 for Australian space research. It welcomes space scientists, engineers, educators, and workers from across the university, industry and government parts of the space sector, and is not limited to Australian-based research, International participants are most welcome.
The scope of the conference 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 Situational Awareness
- 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.
Incorporated in the conference was a 1-day workshop on Space Situational Awareness (SSA) held on Wednesday September 30.
There was a Planetary Sciences workshop at the Australian National University on monday September 28. You can register your attendance for this free event here.
Mars Society Australia had a public talk entitled “There is Life of Mars” in Canberra on the night of thursday October 1. More details can be found here.
Key Conference Contacts
- Iver Cairns, University of Sydney - conference co-chair
- Wayne Short, National Space Society of Australia - conference co-chair
- Graziella Caprarelli, University of South Australia - conference program chair