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The 18th Australian Space Research Conference (ASRC), will be held at Gold Coast in Queensland over September 24-26 , 2018.

This will be the Twelfth 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:

  • Applications involving Earth observations, GPS/GNSS, and Satcomms;
  • Current and future Australian space projects;
  • Education and outreach, including perhaps a dedicated student session;
  • Government, international relations and law;
  • Space archaeology and indigenous sky knowledge (or archeo-astronomy)
  • Space engineering and technology, including communications, navigation, operations, propulsion, systems, and spacecraft design, testing, and implementation;
  • Space industry, including hardware, services, and software;
  • Space situational awareness (SSA) & space weather;
  • Space science, including atmospheric physics, astrobiology and life sciences, Earth observations and remote sensing from/of space, planetary science, space-based astronomy and astrophysics, and space physics.

There will be a number of special sessions not on specific research areas including, (1) the national context, as seen by the new Space Agency, other Government entities, the Academy of Science, and others, including connections to national strategic roadmaps for research infrastructure, and (2) implementation of the 2017 Mid-Term Review of the 2010 – 2019 Decadal Plan for Australian Space Science and the Strategic Plan for Earth Observations from Space.

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Key Dates
Opening date for abstracts
9 April 2018
Registration opens
1 July 2018
Closing date for abstracts
14 July 2018
Acceptance of abstracts
7 August 2016
Draft Program available
24 August 2018
Early-Bird Registrations End
27 August 2018
Conference Starts
24 September 2018
Conference Finishes
26 September 2018
Last date for submission of written papers
7 November 2018

Conference Sponsorship

We are supported for this conference by Gold Coast Business Events. Find out more about the Gold Coast at

Our conference media sponsor is Australian Defence Magazine. 2018 conference delegates will be get a complimentary copy of their August magazine - and the opportunity to get a regular subscription.

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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 2017 is available to peruse.
The draft 2018 conference program should be ready in late-August.

Key Conference Contacts

Iver Cairns, University of Sydney - conference co-chair
Wayne Short, National Space Society of Australia - conference co-chair
Fred Menk, National Committee for Space and Radio Science - Program committee chair