A bid by the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) to host the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) from 25-29 September 2017 in Adelaide Australia was launched by the South Australian Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Jack Snelling, at a ceremony at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 13 February 2014.
The IAC is the largest annual gathering of the international space community, typically attracting in excess of 3,000 delegates.
The host city for 2017 will be decided at the 65th IAC to be held in Toronto in October of this year. The IAC has been held only once before in Australia – in 1998 in Melbourne.
Michael Davis, Chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia, said that that there is much to be proud of in Australia’s history of space-related endeavours stretching back over more than 50 years. ‘The world’s biggest space conference will shine a light on our achievements and capabilities and will provide a platform for our scientists, engineers, administrators and young professionals to demonstrate their expertise and tell their stories to the world.’
He added that 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of the world’s first satellite, Sputnik 1 and the 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty that has provided the basic international legal framework for the exploration of. Closer to home, 2017 also marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Australia’s first satellite, WRESAT (for Weapons Research Establishment SATellite). WRESAT was built in Adelaide and launched from Woomera on 29 November 1967.
The theme selected for the 2017 Congress, should it be awarded to Adelaide, is Space: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation, Strengthening Security. “The theme encapsulates important elements of Australia’s approach to space while at the same time recognising the broader international context” Mr Davis said.
Anchor sponsorship from the leading global aerospace contractor, Lockheed Martin Corporation, has been secured. Mr Davis said “This is a very significant vote of confidence in the Australian space industry from a major international space player. It will provide the essential financial underpinning we require to minimise the financial risk of holding such a large event and we thank Lockheed Martin and look forward to working closely to ensure the enduring success of the event.”
The key support of the South Australian government and other Australian IAF members was also acknowledged.
Space Industry Association of Australia
The SIAA is Australia’s peak industry body that provides advice to governments about space matters on behalf of its members and also fulfils a broader community advocacy and educational role. For further information go to: http://www.spaceindustry.com.au/
Michael Davis, Chair
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Brett Biddington, Bid Coordinator, IAC for Adelade in 2017M: +61 401 890 368