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The 17th Australian Space Research Conference (ASRC), was held in Sydney at the University of Sydney, Camperdown campus over November 13-15 , 2017.

This was 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 was 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 was developed from submitted abstracts from the space research community and key note talks. The final conference program is now available to peruse.

Submission of Written papers

We are accepting written papers for peer review from those who presented both oral and poster presentations at the recent conference. The guidelines document is available here. Those using LATEX will find guidelines here.

The final date for these submissions is January 26, 2018.

The papers can be submitted via our portal here.