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The 16th Australian Space Research Conference (ASRC, formerly the Australian Space conference or ASSC), will be held in Melbourne at the RMIT University City campus. This will be the tenth 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 third 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 (SSA)
• Space archaeology and indigenous sky knowledge (or archeo-astronomy)
• 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 will be a number of special sessions not on specific research areas including, (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.


Key Conference Contacts


Iver Cairns, University of Sydney - conference co-chair
Wayne Short, National Space Society of Australia - conference co-chair

Submission of Abstracts

Delegates may submit abstracts in their area of research for either an oral or poster presentation from April 12.

General abstract submission has now ceased. If you still wish to submit an abstract, you should contact the conference co-chairs to discuss.




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Conference Registration


Rates are now available and the registration portal will be open from Friday July 29.

Delegates who require early childcare are suggested to contact conference secretariat at asrcconference@nssa.com.au for further details on how we can assist.

Conference Program

The conference program is developed from submitted abstracts from the space research community and key note talks. As as an example of what conference sessions were available recently, the program from 2015 is available to peruse.
Key Dates
Opening date for abstracts
5 April 2016
Registration opens
28 July 2016
Closing date for abstracts
31 July 2016 (extended)
Acceptance of abstracts
7 August 2016
Draft Program available
3 September 2016
Conference Starts
26 September 2016
Conference Finishes
28 September 2016
Last date for submission of written papers
4 November 2016