Innovation. Many if not most of the truly disruptive technologies and innovations that have come out of the space sector, have come as a result of the needs and requirements for science missions. While operational space capabilities to meet government and telecom industry needs have tended to pursue a conservative approach, space research and research-from-space has necessitated that innovators “push the boat out” to provide the technologies needed to achieve audacious science goals.
Over the past decade or so, the space sector has undergone major disruption from the entry of new players and miniaturised satellite capabilities. This innovative technology is steadily growing in the performance that it delivers, and significant science (and other) outcomes can now be achieved by more organisations, doing so much faster and cheaper than before. As we take the technology even further, and deploy for example machine learning and quantum technologies to orbit, the opportunities for scientific and societal advances will continue to grow. Australia is now an active participant in this journey - and not just from the perspective of the science and technology capability, which is perhaps not a matter of “if” but “when” - Australians are also playing a significant role in the evolving conversation around space ethics and space conduct. Sometimes we should ask not “can we do it”, but “should we do it”?
And it’s not just space innovation that we’re engaged in down here in Oz. Our approach to organising world class international gatherings, especially at a time when the world is reeling from a pandemic and entering unknown territory, is also innovative. More of that in the coming weeks and months, but suffice to say, Australia is excited at the prospects of what will unfold at COSPAR 2021, and we’re looking forward in so many ways to sharing the innovation journey with you.
|Abstract acceptance and program notifications letters sent out||31 March 2020|
|Early Bird Registration Deadline||31 October 2020|
|Speaker Registration Deadline||31 October 2020|
|Accommodation Booking Deadline||15 December 2020|
|43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly 2021||28 January – 4 February 2021|
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