[ASC-media] SpaceFutures 2003

Stephen Brammer brammer at engineer.com
Tue Mar 11 14:03:28 EST 2003

News Release

11th March 2003


Australian Youth to Commercialise Space


Three hundred university students plan to examine Australia’s past
achievements and future opportunities in the international space
industry during the SpaceFutures conference to be held in Melbourne
later this year.


Aimed at university students the conference for will run from July 14th
to 17th and is currently accepting delegate applications.  Convened
under the theme of ‘Challenge, Exploration, Innovation and Funk', the
conference has been developed to expose a niche in the international
space industry for Australian science and technology. 


Conference Public Relations Director Stephen Brammer said this
conference will focus on issues and opportunities facing Australians.
Salinity, drought and bushfire prevention, the future of reusable launch
vehicles and the medical impact of human spaceflight are all commercial
opportunities which can be explored by the Australian space industry.


“Profitable niches already exist within the industry, our goal is the
find ones which we as Australians have the expertise to exploit” he


“Key outcomes (of the conference) relate to the project series that will
provide delegates with an opportunity to gain "hands-on" industry
experience on an ongoing basis. In the longer term, 
 catalysing the
next generation of space industry activity” says Mei Ling Doery
SpaceFutures Creative Director.


SpaceFutures 2003 will focus on three streamed technical sessions and
workshops corresponding to:


*	Aerospace structures  - design of components and technologies
for use in the  next generation of reusable launch vehicles 
*	Satellite Applications Technology – monitoring Australia’s
environment and resources from space.
*	Biotechnology & Medical Countermeasures – Spin off technologies
for earth application and strategies for countering the effects of
disease and extreme environments


Confirmed speakers include Shubber Ali (Aerospace industry analyst),
Warwick Holmes (European Space Agency), The Hon. John Brumby (Minister
for Innovation, Industry and Regional Development) and John Douglas
(Apogee Imaging International). 


SpaceFutures 2003 follows the SpaceFutures 2000 conference which
provided a milestone for the co-operation between industry, academia and
government in forging the Youth Space Charter for the future of the
Australian space industry.  


Spacefutures will be held in Melbourne between 14th - 17th July 2003. 

Media: Further information, Stephen Brammer 0417 293 740 or email us at:
<mailto:sbrammer at spacefutures.com.au> sbrammer at spacefutures.com.au,
internet:  <http://www.spacefutures.com.au/> www.spacefutures.com.au 




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