South Australia’s space capabilities on show at world’s largest space gathering in Washington DC

Oct 22, 2019, 09:16 AM
South Australia will showcase its leading space capabilities at the world’s premier global space event, the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), in Washington DC, taking place from 21-25 October.


The IAC brings together more than 6000 key space players, including scientists, researchers, engineers, agencies, businesses, students and astronauts, to collaborate on opportunities throughout the booming international space sector. 

South Australia, through the South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC), will join other state and territory departments on the Australian Space Agency stand as part of the significant exhibition area at the IAC.

SASIC Chief Executive Richard Price said the IAC presents the perfect opportunity for South Australia to highlight its space capabilities and credentials to major international players.

“Our space ecosystem is developing at a rapid rate, and we want to showcase this to the world, to attract more investment across this high-growth sector in our state,” said Mr Price.

“South Australia’s newest innovation neighbourhood Lot Fourteen is already home to the Australian Space Agency, SmartSat CRC, Mission Control and the Space Discovery Centre, and this is putting our state on the map globally.

“The Federal Government has an ambition to triple the size of Australia’s space economy by 2030, and our state is committed to supporting this endeavour.

“We are working collaboratively at a national level to grow Australia’s space economy and support the Australian Space Agency in its endeavours to build international collaboration.

“The IAC is a fantastic opportunity for our innovative start-ups, companies and universities to showcase their cutting-edge technology and ideas to space heavyweights and international companies.  

“It also presents a unique opportunity to target other prospective tenants for Lot Fourteen and join the growing space ecosystem in the heart of our CBD.

The South Australian Government is currently seeking expressions of interest for innovative international space companies to establish in Lot Fourteen’s Heritage-listed McEwin building, which is being refurbished for space industry tenants.  

The South Australian companies and education institutes participating at the IAC include: 

  • Nova Systems
  • SmartSat CRC
  • Neumann Space
  • Inovor Technologies
  • Silentium Defence
  • Southern Launch
  • Flinders University
  • The University of South Australia’s Innovation and Collaboration Centre