Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

The South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, will open a Space Industry Forum on Friday 27 May jointly organised by Defence SA and the Space Industry Association of Australia. The event will highlight opportunities for Australian industry to leverage the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC2017) to be held in Adelaide from 25-29 September 2017.

The strong support of the South Australian Government was a key factor in the SIAA’s successful bid to host IAC2017, the world’s biggest and most prestigious space event in Adelaide. The Premier will reinforce the unique benefits that hosting the congress will generate for the South Australian community. He will also refer to South Australia’s emerging potential as a leading centre of the nation’s space R&D and entrepreneurship activities.

The Forum will include presentations from established and emerging private sector organisations involved in space-related projects and based in South Australia. It will highlight South Australia’s track record and speakers will also emphasise the importance of developing Australia’s space capabilities as a key element of the national science and innovation agenda. They will also explain the role of IAC2017 in stimulating the national space sector by exposing Australia’s space science and technological expertise to an influential world audience.
Speakers at the forum will include:
• Mr Andy Keough CSC, Chief Executive, Defence SA
• Mr Michael Davis, Chair, Space Industry Association of Australia
• Mr Brett Biddington AM, Chief Executive, IAC2017
• Dr Alex Grant, Myriota Pty Ltd
• Mr Rod Drury, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
• Mr Stuart Lindley, BAe Systems
• Mr Peter Nikoloff, Nova Systems

About the International Astronautical Congress
The International Astronautical Congress ( is the world’s biggest and most prestigious space event, held annually since 1950 by the International Astronautical Federation. It will be attended by over 3,000 international delegates from space agencies, the commercial aerospace sector and universities and research organisations.

The five day event, from 25-29 September 2017, will include a spectacular Opening Ceremony in the newly redeveloped Adelaide Convention Centre and over 2,000 presentations from space agency heads, astronauts,  scientists, engineers, legislators, policy experts, lawyers, academics, and students. It will include an international student space moot judged by three judges of the International Court of Justice.

The Australian host of the congress is the Space Industry Association of Australia, the peak industry advocacy body for the space sector in Australia ( and the anchor sponsor is Lockheed Martin Corporation.

For more information or interviews, contact:
Michael Davis, SIAA - 0419 170251
Brett Biddington, IAC2017 - 0401 890368

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Space Industry Association of Australia

~~The Space Industry Association of Australia (formerly the Australian Space Industry Chamber of Commerce) is a national organisation formed to promote the growth of the Australian space industry. We speak with authority and credibility on behalf of our members on policy and commercial issues connected with the Australian space industry. 

The SIAA takes a leading role in advising government on behalf of the space industry. We also provide a forum to promote networking and collaboration among members. Through meetings and events held in various Australian locations, we engage with our members to devise and communicate policies to support the development of the Australian space industry. We actively promote and facilitate commercial, industrial and research opportunities for our members nationally and internationally.

We also harness the skills and expertise of our membership to address issues of common concern to corporations, businesses and individuals involved in, or seeking to become involved in, the benefits of the space sector in Australia and internationally.

Michael Davis
M: 0419 170251


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