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The
17th Australian Space Research Conference (ASRC), will be held in Sydney at the University of Sydney, Camperdown campus. This will be the Eleventh 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 the Mars Society of Australia (MSA).

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.


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Key Conference Contacts


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

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 2016 is available to peruse.

Submission of Abstracts

We are now accepting abstracts.

Key Dates
Opening date for abstracts
20 May 2017
Registration opens
1 September 2017
Closing Date for abstracts
7 September 2017
Acceptance of abstracts
15 September 2017
Draft Program available
21 September 2017
Conference Starts
13 November 2017
Conference Finishes
15 November 2017
Last date for submission of written papers
3 December 2017